Later this month, Dr. Ellzey will be traveling to the West African country of Ghana to develop an aid project centered around improving cook stove technology in rural communities. The UN's World Health Organization has cited indoor air pollution (IAP) as the second largest environmental contributor to ill health. In fact, acute respiratory disease caused by IAP is the number one killer of children under the age of five. The cause of this pollution is inefficient cookstoves and cooking fires used throughout much of the developing world. With this in mind, Dr. Ellzey hopes to develop a project outline that can be carried out by interested students at the University of Texas. The program would involve planning and developing a technological solution through a registered ME course, and then implementing that solution in Ghana. The Ellzey group is also beginning its own research in the cookstoves area, including investigations into fuels and stove efficiency. Besides aiding a student team in the assesment of indoor air quality, Dr. Ellzey will be meeting with the director of Ghana's EPA, who has cited IAP as a major concern for Ghana.
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