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William Tarpeh

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William A. Tarpeh is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.[1] Tarpeh was among Forbes' 30 under 30 - Science 2019 list.[2][3] Tarpeh's work has been featured in short videos by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation,[4] Interesting Engineering,[5] and the University of California, Berkeley.[6]


Tarpeh obtained his BS in chemical engineering at Stanford University in 2012, and his MS and PhD in environmental engineering at University of California, Berkeley (in 2013 and 2017, respectively).[7]


Tarpeh was named among the Forbes 30 under 30 - Science 2019.[2][3] In 2016, Tarpeh was named by NBC in its NBCBLK28, as one of 28 African American innovators under the age of 28.[8][9][10] Tarpeh is a Cooke Young Scholar and College Scholar of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.[11] Tarpeh also won Jeopardy Kids Week at the age of twelve.[12]


Tarpeh conducts research in global sanitation in the field of development engineering,[13] to recover resources from wastewater,[3] turning waste chemicals into products such as fertilizers and disinfectants and cleaning the water in the process.[14] During his PhD work, he developed a method for creating fertilizer by extracting nitrogen from urine and combining it with water.[3] Tarpeh continues to engineer new chemical processes to extract nutrients from urine and is considered a burgeoning leader in his field.[15]


  1. "William A. Tarpeh - Chemical Engineering". Engineering, Stanford University. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Alumnus William Tarpeh named among Forbes 30 under 30 for 2018". Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "William Tarpeh - Forbes 30 under 30 - Science 2019". Forbes. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. "Cooke Scholar William Tarpeh: Solving Real People's Real Problems". Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  5. PhD Student Engineered a Way to Change Pee into Fertilizer, retrieved 2019-03-21
  6. UC Berkeley (2015-11-16), Berkeley student turns urine into fertilizer to feed the world, retrieved 2019-03-21
  7. "William Tarpeh - Stanford Profile". Stanford Profiles. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  8. "Profile of Will Tarpeh, one of 28 Game Changers under 28". Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  9. "NBCBLK28: William Tarpeh: Putting a New Spin on Reuse and Recycle". NBC News. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  10. "Introducing the NBCBLK28". NBC News. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  11. "Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar - William Tarpeh". Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. "Sandburg Student in Jeopardy — the Television Show". www.connectionnewspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  13. ""Imagining the Future Helps Us Engineer Toward that Future": A Q&A with Will Tarpeh". Blum Center for Developing Economies, The University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  14. "Can we recover valuable chemicals from sewage?". Stanford Earth, Stanford University. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  15. UsePrivacyCopyrightTrademarksNon-DiscriminationAccessibility, Terms of (2019-02-26). "Can we recover valuable chemicals from sewage?". Stanford Earth. Retrieved 2019-03-21.

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