NU Student Engineers Nerd Out to Solve Urban Water Challenges

Norwich engineering majors Austin Renzetti and Sarah Perry (screen shot from video)
Norwich University Office of Communications

February 1, 2017

At a busy gathering in Kreitzberg Library last December, civil and environmental engineering majors in Prof. Tara Kulkarni’s Environmental Engineering lab shared project designs that addressed major water management challenges in cities across the globe. The Norwich undergraduates worked on the four-week, group projects as part of a service learning partnership with a community partner, Friends of the Winooski River, to promote water education and outreach to local high school students. Watch:


Ideas @ Work: #3 Safer Drinking Water

Photo of environmental chemist Seth Frisbie working with villagers in Bangladesh
33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

A series of math errors, rounding mistakes, and other miscues led the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue dangerous drinking water guidelines for inorganic toxic substances, including molybdenum, mercury, and uranium. Norwich environmental chemist Seth Frisbie and several colleagues caught the gaffs. In August 2015, they published their findings in the journal Environmental Health. Since then, the researchers have been working to improve the standards.

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Water Expert Robert Gusentine to Give Norwich Todd Lecture

Robert Gusentine poster
Norwich University Office of Communications

February 17, 2016

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University continues its Todd Lecture Series with “Water: Understanding the 21st Century Challenge,” a presentation by Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Robert Gusentine on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Dole Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture is part of a week-long visit that brings Gusentine into science, mathematics, engineering, business, ROTC, and architecture classrooms and small groups with undergraduate students.

Gusentine is a retired veteran of the United States Navy with 28 years of service. He served in over 30 countries and was selected as one of 10 senior military officers to serve on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Strategic Studies Group before closing out his military career on the Joint Staff.

He has just started a new technical advisory company called I2 Strategy and Development, which offers assessment, design, and development expertise to government, business, and academia.

Gusentine serves on the board of directors for Elsie’s Hope, a nonprofit corporation devoted to improving the living conditions of people around the world by providing sustainable access to clean water through water filtration systems in the field and other on-the-ground efforts.

His Todd Lecture Series presentation at Norwich is co-hosted by the College of Professional Schools and the College of Science and Mathematics.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus. Lectures are streamed live from Todd Lecture Series.

For more information please visit the Todd Lecture Series website ( or call (802) 485-2633.

About the Council of Independent Colleges Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program:

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: