Wiley Jennings is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering & Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on innovative tools for assessing microbial water quality of environmental waters. He is particularly interested in harnessing citizen science to assess water quality and improving understanding of how water quality measurements relate to human health risks.
Prior to joining Stanford, Wiley worked on several environmental health-related projects. He studied relationships between the microbiomes of indoor spaces and respiratory health outcomes while completing a master’s degree at UT Austin. Before graduate school, he worked on a Gates Foundation-funded project developing innovative household-scale wastewater treatment systems for floating villages in Cambodia. He also worked as a field assistant in Bolivia for a project investigating the efficacy of social welfare programs aimed at reducing infant mortality, which he investigated in his undergraduate thesis.
Wiley holds an MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from UT Austin, and a BA with majors in Latin American Studies and Plan II Honors. He spent his junior year of college at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. He has received several academic awards, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an NSF INTERN grant to conduct research at the US Centers for Disease Control, the Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Award at UT Austin, and an award for best presentation at the Healthy Buildings 2015 America Conference.