Fuel for Thought: Travels in Tanzania (Scientific American)

Posted August 6, 2013, Dartmouth Now.

In a blog entry for Scientific American, Tucker Oddleifson ’16, James Kennedy ’14, Rachel Margolese ’16, and Jingxi Li ’14—members of the Thayer School of Engineering student-led group Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering—write about working in Tanzania this summer to promote sustainable and cost-effective cooking fuel.

“After a year of working with briquettes, pyrolysis, and all things fuel back on campus, we are putting our knowledge to work in Arusha, Tanzania,” write the students. “We hope to build the capacity of local Tanzanians to produce their own cooking fuel. Specifically, we are working on small-scale charcoal production and briquetting—creating small fuel bricks out of waste biomass carbonized into charcoal—through our work with several NGOs and local communities.”

The Dickey Center's Global Health Initiativesupports the Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering group’s work in the Kigoma region of Tanzania and provides two summer internship opportunities for undergraduates with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI).

Read the full story, published 8/6/13 by Scientific American.