University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Ph.D., Civil Systems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, expected May 2013
Dissertation: Water quality in intermittent and continuous piped water systems in India
Advisor: Prof. Kara Nelson

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
M.S., Civil Systems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, May 2007 (GPA 4.0)

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, May 2006 (GPA 3.8)

Graduate Coursework

CEE 113N Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement
CEE 173: Groundwater and Seepage
CEE 200A: Environmental Fluid Mechanics
CEE 200C: Transport and Mixing in the Environment
CEE 210A: Control of Water-Related Pathogens
CEE 211B: Environmental Biological Processes
CEE 268E: Civil Systems and the Environment
CEE 271: Sensors and Signal Interpretation
CEE 290I: Control and Information Management
CEE 291F: Control and Optimization of Distributed Parameter Systems

Minor Fields:

City and Regional Planning 214: Infrastructure Planning and Policy
City and Regional Planning 290: Topics in Public Health Global Cities and Public Health
Energy and Resources Group 273: Social Science Research Methods
Energy and Resources Group 275: Water and Development
Hindi 1A: Introduction to Hindi
Information 290: Social Enterprise using ICTs for International Development
Public Health 212D: International Health Seminar
Public Health 272A: GIS and Public Health
Public Policy 210A: The Economics of Public Policy Analysis
Public Policy 260: Leadership and Social Change

Research Interests

Distribution system water quality, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) in developing countries, urban WASH infrastructure, sustainability of small community water supplies, information communication technologies (ICT) for WASH, sensors and instrumentation for water quality monitoring, social entrepreneurship in developing economies

Research Experience

Doctoral Research, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA and Hubli-Dharwad, India, 2007-present

        • Collected water quality data through fieldwork in Hubli-Dharwad, India, from intermittent and continuous piped water distribution systems, including selecting indicators, methods, and equipment, training research associates, and collecting 2,500 samples and 100 hours of sensor data.
        • Collaborated with interdisciplinary team to design a quasi-experimental impact evaluation, including writing, piloting, and training enumerators to administer 12,000 household surveys over 1 year.
        • Developed collaborations with two academic institutes and the municipal water utility in Hubli-Dharwad, India.
        • Aided in preparing research proposals.

Intern, Water, Sanitation, and Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland and Ottawa, Canada, Summer 2009

        • Conducted literature review of social factors related to sustainability of small water supplies.

Research Assistant, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Summer 2004

        • Fabricated and tested bio-composite materials with sisal fiber and polypropylene samples.

Honors and Awards

Global Social Venture Competition First Place for “NextDrop”, 2011
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006
Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Kenneth Andrew Roe Scholarship, 2005
Vredenburg Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2004


Graduate Student Instructor for Introduction to Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Fall 2011

Teaching Assistant for Materials Selection at the Johns Hopkins Department of Mechanical Engineering in Baltimore, MD, Fall 2005

Professional Experience

Co-founder and Board Member, NextDrop, Hubli, India, 2009-present

Consultant, Health Canada, 2010

Project Director of Haath Mein Sehat (Health in Hands) in Berkeley, CA, USA and Mumbai, India from 2006 –2008

Intern for Food Security at the Catholic Relief Services in Antananarivo, Madagascar in Summer 2005

Intern for Water and Sanitation at the Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, MD, USA in Spring 2006

Research Assistant in the Materials Science Department at the University of Dar es Salaam in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in Summer 2004, through the Foundation for Sustainable Development

Program Coordinator of Johns Hopkins Teambuildingin Baltimore, MD, USA from 2004-2006.

Co-Coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Pre-Orientation in Baltimore, MD, USA from 2003-2005.

Outdoors Instructor withJohns Hopkins Outdoor Pursuits in Baltimore, MD, USA from 2002-2006.

Seminars and Conference Presentations

 Kumpel, E. “Water, Interrupted: Comparing water quality in intermittent and continuous piped water supplies in urban India.” Environmental Engineering Seminar, UC Berkeley, CA, Nov 16, 2012.

Kumpel, E. “NextDrop: Implementation challenges.” WASH in Real Time: Making Better Decisions Through Use of Mobile Applications (workshop). Water and Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Oct 29-Nov 3, 2012

Kumpel, E., Sridharan, A., Kote, T., Olmos, A., and Parikh, T. “NextDrop: Using Human Observations to Track Water Distribution.” USENIX NSDR ‘12, Boston, MA, June 12-15, 2012.

Kumpel, E. and Nelson, K. “Impact on Water Quality of Intermittent Water Supply in Urban South India.” Urban WASH: Paradigms for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for the 21st Century South Asian City, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA Apr 25, 2012.

Kumpel, E. and Nelson, K. “Impact on Water Quality of the Conversation from Intermittent to Continuous Piped Water Supply in Urban South India.” Water and Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Oct 2-6, 2011.  Top Student Oral Presentation Abstract

Kumpel, E., Burt, Z., Ercumen, A., and Silverman, A. “A Volunteer-Led Effort Linking Research to Development Practice to Promote Safe Water and Hygiene in Slums in India.”Water Environment Federation: Disinfection, Atlanta, GA, Mar 1-3, 2009.

Kumpel, E., Burt, Z., Silverman, A., Sridharan, A., Inglish, E., Yu, E., Vora, S., Fisher, M., Dain, M., Han, E., and Sadasiv, A.  “Haath Mein Sehat: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Urban Slums.” Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference, San Francisco, CA, Feb 8-9, 2008.

Professional Memberships

International Water Association
American Water Works Association
Water Environment Federation
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Tau Beta Pi

Volunteer Experience

Phelps Stokes Fund, 2002-2007
JHU American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Ready Set Design, 2004-2006
JHU Center for Social Concern, 2004-2006
JHU Senior Leadership Consultants, 2005-2006
Student Global AIDS Campaign, 2001-2006
Cities for Climate Protection at the Reading Municipal Light Department in Reading, MA, 2006
JHU Student Labor Action Committee 2002-2006
The Heart of America Foundation 2001-present