Latifah Hani Hamzah is the Gabilan Stanford Graduate Fellow in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering. Latifah has obtained an M.S. with a focus on mechatronics and is pursuing a Ph.D. researching water and sanitation with a minor in anthropology. Latifah’s research projects examine the levels and sources of contamination in stored and source water supplies in Kenyan households, create a monitoring and control set-up for a novel aerobic household-scale sanitation solution, and investigate the utility of biochar in improving soil and water conditions on small scale cacao farms in Malaysia and Ghana.
At Stanford, Latifah has led multiple projects locally and internationally with Engineers for a Sustainable World. Latifah also teaches a two-quarter course, "Engineering & Sustainable Development", that addresses the ethical reasoning behind and myriad challenges inherent in implementing sustainable engineering projects abroad. Latifah has also served on the University Committees for Graduate Studies and Research, the Faculty Senate, and the Graduate Student Council.