Faculty Mentor/s:
Joseph Menicucci, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Students on the team: 

Emma Brown ‘26

Hashem Alhattab ‘26

Isabella Richards ‘26

Larissa de Assis Rossini ‘26

Shane Haycock ‘26


Project Description:

Kazakhstan, the second-largest economy among the former Soviet republics, has been a destination for migrant workers from elsewhere in Central Asia and the world for several years. After a slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities for migrant workers in Kazakhstan are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years - and challenges of unfair and exploitative labor practices, food and water access, and worker housing will likely grow as well. This new project will begin with the goal of developing solutions to food and water insecurity amongst migrant workers in and around the fast-growing cultural capital of Almaty, Kazakhstan. All majors are welcome to apply - we specifically need students with experience or interest in: urban agriculture, micro-farming, composting, rainwater collection, and water purification; migrant (often undocumented) workers; solving complex problems; and the languages and cultures of Russia and Central Asia.


Month/Year Project Began:
January 2023