Michigan Technological University

Essa L. Gross

As a student in Michigan Techís Peace Corps†


Masterís International program, I combined


my masterís degree with service as

a Peace Corps Volunteer. I chose

this program because I wanted to

work overseas and change career


Michigan Technological University

Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

1400 Townsend Dr.

Houghton, MI  49931

Phone: 906-487-3098

E-mail: elgross@mtu.edu

I served in Nicaragua from Sept. Ď05 -


Nov Ď08 working in the environmental education

paths from geology to hydrogeology.

sector. Besides promoting environmental awareness

among the community members, I completed my field work for my thesis, which involved

developing a low-cost method for determining well productivity on rope-pump wells. The impetus behind the work stemmed from the need to include groundwater information in water resource inventory programs, which would then allow for the development of robust watershed protection plans.† This research was funded by the DeVlieg Foundation, SNV-Nicaragua, and the Remote Sensing for Hazards and Resource Protection in Pacific Latin America grant (NSF-PIRE 0530109). Information in this web-page describes my thesis work and outlines my time spent in Michigan Techís Peace Corps Masterís International Program in Geohazards.


Updated 09/22/08