Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Our Faculty

More than 100 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

Programs

Thomas, Evan - MS, MPH, PhD

Photo of Evan Thomas MS, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office PSU- College of Engineering, Room 402G Phone: (303) 550-4671
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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
Notes
  • 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

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  • 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

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N