Pranav Chintalapati


Pranav is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at The University of British Columbia. He completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2021 at the University of Colorado Boulder where he investigated the effects of maintenance interventions for the sustainability of rural water systems in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic. His research was part of the USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership and USAID Kenya RAPID Program. Prior to his PhD, Pranav worked in industry as a process engineer and did a masters in Chemical Engineering, researching the reduction of cyanotoxins in drinking water using ultraviolet radiation. During his masters, he was also a Project Coordinator for RES'EAU-WaterNET, where he helped develop a streamlined approach to implementing disinfection in First Nations communities on boil-water advisories, and a Sessional Faculty at Thompson Rivers University, where he taught courses in the Water Treatment Technology Program. Pranav has also spent time in rural Mexico learning and working on development projects related to appropriate technology and human rights. Pranav is passionate about education, and how it can be a tool for empowerment.