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The Namibia Project Center director, Professor Arthur Gerstenfeld, has been involved in southern Africa since 1985. In the late 1980s, a team of WPI students won the President's IQP Award for the solar energy project they did in Botswana.

As a result of these contacts, WPI decided to set up a project Center in Africa. Several countries were explored, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Namibia was chosen in 2000 and the first two students and two faculty went there in May 2002. With more students applying to do their projects in Namibia WPI sent 15 students to the Namibia Centre in 2003. The students were supervised by two faculty, namely Dr. Creighton Peet and Dr.. Steve Pierson. In 2004 WPI sent 20 students supervised by Dr. Arthur Gerstenfeld and Dr. Susan-Vernon Gerstenfeld. In 2005 Dr. Bland Addison and Dr. Stephen J. Weininger supervised another group of 20 students at the Namibia Center. In 2006 two faculty namely Dr. Crysanthe Demetry and Richard Vaz, and 20 to 25 students will go the project Center.

During the Africa Summit organized by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in Washington, D.C. WPI led a workshop on Water Resources Management on June 26, 2003. Dr. Peet, Co-Director of Namibia Project Center and Prof. Arthur Gerstenfeld, also a Co-Director of the Center, represented WPI in the Workshop, which was chaired by Prof. Gerstenfeld. The other speakers were Lynn Foden, Senior Program Development Officer, African Wildlife Foundation, Bill Bucknam, Vice President and General Counsel of Moving Water Industries (MWI), and Jason Gondron, President of Global Wastewater Systems.

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