Cooke Scholar William Tarpeh: Solving Real People's Real Problems

Cooke Scholar William Tarpeh’s work could have a transformational effect on the developing world.

As a Cooke Young Scholar, William attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where his interest in research and academic achievements led him to matriculate to Stanford University as a Cooke College Scholar. Now he is completing graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley as an environmental engineering Ph.D. student focused on sanitation in the developing world. William’s work is reimagining sanitation and developing ways to convert waste into a precious resource, fertilizer.

“I think that a lot of the solutions to our world’s most pressing problems are in the minds of children who are simply preoccupied with survival. Sanitation for me is one way to remove that preoccupation with just surviving. These kids are instead thinking about how to change their own futures and the future of our world.”

–William Tarpeh
Cooke Scholar

We wholeheartedly agree and applaud William’s dedicated efforts to think big, work hard, and achieve.

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