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Art Education Faculty Member Uses Inexpensive Ceramic Filters to Combat Global Water Crisis

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B. Stephen Carpenter II

A game-changer. That’s what Penn State art education professor B. Stephen Carpenter II calls the approximately 50-pound portable filter press designed by engineering students during the spring 2014 semester. The A-frame-like contraption, small enough to fit in a suitcase, produces ceramic water filters that, simply but significantly, make unsafe water potable.

According to, a nonprofit committed to providing access to safe water for all, 750 million people around the world -- more than twice the population of the United States -- don’t have access to clean water. Carpenter wants to help change that, using his experience as a ceramic artist and educator to raise awareness of the issue and show how easily -- and inexpensively -- we can take action.

This article was originally published as part of the Centre Daily Times' "Focus on Research" series. For the full story, click here.