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John Selker Oral History Interview. August 25, 2015

John Selker Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

August 25, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

John Selker (b. 1960) is a Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering whose research has specialized in water resources engineering with a particular focus on developing low-cost technical solutions to agricultural and environmental challenges faced by the developing world. A veteran traveler who spent his initial years after college leading cook stove programs in Africa and Asia, Selker is also a driving force behind the Trans-African Hydro and Meteorological Observatory project, an initiative that is using a collection of small weather stations to provide more accurate meteorological information to the continent's agriculturalists. Selker's interview focuses on his formative experiences traveling and working in Africa; his institutional memories of agricultural engineering at OSU; and his continuing efforts to improve quality of life for some of the planet's most vulnerable populations.