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Klees, Rita Claire

Scholar In Residence


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • International development and engineering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sustainable Systems


  • Water, sanitation and hygiene in low and middle income countries, international development policy and practice



courses taught

  • ATLS 5210 - Global Development I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Introduces students to the theories and policy of international development. Examines the role of multilateral agencies, foundations, aid organizations, corporate entities and academia in development as both an industry and a research field. Focuses on development movements and their outcomes, the inter-related nature of development and its effect on policies and programs, and critiques.
  • CVEN 4837 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 5919 - Sustainable Community Development 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Focuses on the fundamental tools necessary to address sustainable community development projects in low-income communities (LICs). Topics include: human development, sustainable development, and presentation of an integrative and participatory framework for development projects in LICs. The framework consists of a combination of development and engineering project management tools. Framework is illustrated through case studies and student-driven team projects.
  • CVEN 5969 - Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Studies the fundamentals behind effective hygiene and remediation processes and engineering solutions developed/designed for specific international problems. Approaches to hygiene, clean water and sanitation in lesser industrialized countries often demand alternative solutions to those developed for industrialized societies. Explores issues and solutions developed to tackle these problems. Recommended prerequisites: CVEN 3424 and CVEN 3414.
  • EDEN 5001 - Special Topics in Global Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    At the graduate level, covers topics of interest in global engineering. Content varies by section and from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.

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