Dr. Emily Kumpel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kumpel has over a decade of experience conducting research on topics including intermittent water supply, water quality in distribution systems, water access and equity, water quality monitoring, and use of information and communication technologies in water delivery systems.
She has published 19 peer-reviewed scientific papers and currently advises six students working on projects related to water quality, sampling, and household water access with projects in India, Kenya, and Mexico. Prior to joining the faculty at UMass, Dr. Kumpel was a Senior Research Scientist with the Aquaya Institute, where she was based in Nairobi, Kenya, for three years and engaged in research and training on water quality monitoring, Water Safety Plans, and impact evaluations. She has conducted extensive field research in India, Kenya, Senegal, and Nigeria, and collaborated on research projects in more than a dozen other countries throughout Africa and Asia.