Meet: Katya Cherukumilli from Global Water Labs
Katya Cherukumilli is the Founder and CEO of Global Water Labs and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Washington College of Engineering. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Katya specializes in water quality engineering and treatment, and water purification technologies. She is a UC Irvine Designing Solutions for Poverty Competition Winner, National Science Foundation Fellow, VentureWell E-Team grantee and third place winner of the 2018 OPEN Minds Showcase.
Global Water Labs is a nonprofit startup based out of Seattle, Washington developing scalable and affordable fluoride removable technology to help reduce the risk of people contracting irreversible diseases. Over 200 million people worldwide rely on fluoride-contaminated groundwater as a primary drinking water source, and are at risk for developing detrimental health affects.
Global Water Labs partners with existing international NGOs to commercialize the Scalable and Affordable Fluoride Removal (SAFR), and currently has projects in Tanzania and Kenya.