Internal Partners

Dr. Keely Croxton
Professor, Co-director of Full Time MBA Program
croxton.4@osu.edu

Dr. Croxton is a member of GWI’s Faculty Advisory Committee. She worked with GWI to establish a business plan competition for students at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania, for which she continues to be a mentor. She also works closely with MBA students in the Global Applied Projects program who work on challenges related to GWI’s work in Tanzania.

Dr. Richard Dick
Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
dick.78@osu.edu

GWI’s Amanda Davey is working with Dr. Dick to implement two USAID Feed the Future projects in Senegal as well as on-going collaboration to scale the native shrub management system across the Sahel: https://wasi.osu.edu/. Under his leadership with NSF funding, a team of African and US scientists discovered that native shrubs of the W. African Sahel perform hydraulic lift of sub-surface water to dry surface soil driving microbial community functioning and “bio-irrigation” of adjacent crops.

Dr. Michael Durand
Professor, School of Earth Sciences & Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
durand.8@osu.edu

Dr. Durand works with GWI on applied research using satellite-derived data to better characterize surface water resources, seasonal flooding, and potential groundwater recharge near water-vulnerable rural communities in Tanzania.

Dr. Jane Fife
Lecturer, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
fife.17@osu.edu

Dr. Fife teaches the Engineering Capstone Design course for the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering. She works with GWI on creating meaningful student engagement and experiential learning opportunities. She serves as faculty contact for student capstone projects that work on challenges stemming from real problems GWI has encountered through its work in Tanzania.

Dr. Diane Gorgas, MD
Professor, Wexner Medical Center & Executive Director, Office of Global Health Leadership
gorgas.1@osu.edu

Dr. Gorgas leads the Ohio State University Greif Neonatal Survival Program, which improves neonatal survival by building in-country healthcare capacity. GWI worked with Dr. Gorgas to create and deliver the first Neonatal Survival Program in Dodoma, Tanzania, in 2016. The following year, seventeen nurses and nurse midwives participated in the training and received a Professional Practice in Advanced Neonatal Care Certificate, while 11 of the previous participants took the train-the-trainer course. HBB classes continue to be offered.

Dr. Amanda Robinson
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
robinson.1012@osu.edu

Dr. Robinson is a co-PI on the USAID-funded Governance Research on Water Systems (GROWS) project. She is currently conducting research around local perspectives on accountability, transparency, trust, and equity of rural water systems in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Dr. Mary Rodriguez
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
rodriguez.746@osu.edu

Dr. Rodriguez is a co-PI on the USAID-funded Governance Research on Water Systems (GROWS) project. She is currently conducting research around local perspectives on accountability, transparency, trust, and equity of rural water systems in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Dr. Rodriguez also worked with GWI to investigate the potential for a mobile phone-based application to support smallholder farmers in central Tanzania, in collaboration with the University of Dodoma.

Dr. Audrey Sawyer
Associate Professor, School of Earth Sciences
sawyer.143@osu.edu

Dr. Sawyer works with GWI on applied hydrogeology research related to water source identification, groundwater access, and water quality in rural areas of Tanzania. Her work with GWI has included analysis of the factors limiting groundwater access in rural Tanzania and spatial analysis of naturally-occurring fluoride in central Tanzanian aquifers. Dr. Sawyer is also engaged in outreach and teaching with the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.

Dr. C.K. Shum
Professor, School of Earth Sciences
ckshum@osu.edu, shum.3@osu.edu

Dr. Shum works with GWI on research to use satellite-based data for near real-time observations of flooding and coastal monitoring in East Africa, with a goal of accurately representing and forecasting hydrologic conditions over Tanzania and East Africa.