Evan A Thomas is an associate professor and director of the Sweet (Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies) Laboratory, and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. The SweetLab develops and implements cellular and satellite based “Internet of Things” sensor technologies designed to improve the collection of, and action on, data in global health programs.
Thomas is also chief operating officer of DelAgua Health, a social enterprise working with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to implement a water treatment and improved cookstove program.
Prior to joining PSU, Thomas worked at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for six years. He was a principal investigator and project manager in the Life Support and Habitability Systems Branch working on concepts for sustainable Moon and Mars spacecraft.
B.S., Broadcast Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Awards and Honors
- 2015, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Practitioner Residency
- 2015, University of Colorado Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Alumni Award
- 2008, NASA Johnson Space Center Fellowship
- 2007, NASA JSC Engineering Achievement Medal
- National Science Foundation – Predictive Algorithms for Water Point Failure – Principal Investigator
- UK Department for International Development – Dynamic Sensors on Cookstoves to Encourage and Reinforce Healthy Behavior Change – Principal Investigator
- DelAgua Health – Barstow, C., Nagel, C., Clasen, T., Thomas, E., “Process Evaluation and Assessment of Use of a Large Scale Water Filter and Cookstove Program in Rwanda – Principal Investigator
- U.S. Agency for International Development – Behavioral Reactivity Associated with Electronic Monitoring of Environmental Health Interventions – Principal Investigator
- U.S. Agency for International Development – Data Sharing Platform for Global Development – Co Investigator
- UK Department for International Development – Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Cellular Instrumentation on Rural Handpumps to Improve Service Delivery
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Assessing Adoption and Use of Portable Water Collection Systems
- Gates Foundation – Assessing Latrine Use in Rural India: A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Reported Use and Passive Latrine Use Monitors – Co Investigator