NC State is leading an innovative and interdisciplinary group called OneWaSH (One Water, Sanitation and Health) which aims at propelling the development of a 21st century sanitation and water infrastructure for underserved communities.

Our Vision

We envision a future of sanitation, water, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure innovation technologies co-developed with underserved communities to support their well-being and sustainable development.

Our Goal

Together with University South Florida (USF), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NCAT), and San Diego State University (SDSU), NC State is building a sustainable and scalable innovation ecosystem based on active partnership and engagement with underserved communities, policy makers, and industry to address drinking water, sanitation, stormwater and resilience to water events.

Making A Difference

We’re making significant impacts on the “quality of life” of underserved communities, by:

  • Advancing fundamental knowledge in basic science and engineering in innovative decentralized water and sanitation technologies

  • Developing and testing infrastructure for the partner communities for real-world solutions

  • Developing a novel virtual testing facilities for communities and stakeholders to input their specific data and constraints

  • Pushing forward a new type of environmental engineering that responds to those with the most need, thereby decreasing current inequities in access and benefits from technological advancement, and contributing to a more equitable, fair, and sustainable society






Relevant Field(s) of Expertise

Francis de los Reyes III, Lead PI, Director


Civil, Const., Environ. Engineering

Water/Waste Systems and Micro., Global Sanitation

James R. Mihelcic, PI, Deputy Director


Civil and Environ. Engineering

Commun. Engaged Design, Sustainability, Resource Recovery

Alesia C. Ferguson, PI


Built Env. Health and Safety

Expos. Assessment, Env. Health, Comm. Engagement

Matthew Verbyla, PI


Civil and Environ. Engineering

Microb. & Chem. Impacts on Risk & Health, Water Reuse

Qiong Zhang, PI


Civil and Environ. Engineering

Systems Analysis, Life Cycle Assess., Tech. Adoption

Dennis Kekas


College of Engineering

Industry Partnerships

Bernard Batson


Diversity Programs

Diversity and Inclusion

Margaret Blanchard



STEM Education

Senior Personnel

Katherine Alfredo, USF

Norma Alcantar, USF

Mohd Anwar, NCAT

Leila Hashemi Beni, NCAT

Emily Berglund, NCSU

Douglas Call, NCSU

Hadi Charkhgard, USF

Sriram Chellapan, USF

Jiayang Cheng, NCSU

Nathan Crook, NCSU

Bethany Cutts, NCSU

Dongyang Deng, NCAT

Christopher Doss, NCAT

Joel Ducoste, NCS

Christy Dykstra, SDSU

Nancy Diaz-Elsayed, USF

Ayse Ercumen, NCSU

Sarina Ergas, USF

Shawn Flanigan, SDSU

Temesgen Garoma, SDSU

Raymond Guiteras, NCSU

Angela Harris, NCSU

Detlef Knappe, NCSU

John Kuhn, USF

James Levis, NCSU

Stephanie Luster-Tealey, NCAT

Natalie Mladenov, SDSU

Shaerin Obare, NCAT

Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi, NCAT

Mahmooda Pasha, USF

Ranji Ranjithan, NCSU

David Reif, NCSU

Louie Rivers, NCSU

Amy Stuart, USF

Yicheng Tu, USF

Christian Wells, USF

Mark Wheeler, SDSU-IV

Cassandra Workman, UNCG

Qingshan Wei, NCSU

Daniel Yeh, USF

Ren Zhao, NCAT