Emily Woods is the Co-founder and Chief Engineer at Sanivation, a Kenya-based social enterprise that turns human poop to solid fuel for cooking.
The Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering graduate believes simple engineering solutions can change the world. A selection of her work includes:
- drilling water wells in Central America with Living Water
- designing solar systems for Yellowstone National Park
- prototyping solar latrines in Chile
- and working as a Sanitation Engineer for Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor in Naivasha, Kenya where she later established Sanivation.
Aside from the recognition of launching the first method for solar treatment of human waste, Sanivation has received a number of accolades for its work. These include praise from mentoring students who won the InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech in 2014 for their Safi Choo Toilet, a safer and cleaner way of using a toilet to replace the pit latrines.
In 2016, Emily was named one of the brightest minds in America under the age of 30 by Forbes magazine.