Talia Harb is a senior studying civil engineering and is working with Marc Müller, a civil engineering professor. This semester, Harb is working with Müller along with researchers in the Pulte Institute for Global Development on a project intended to address the human rights implications of water resource exploitation for water extractive industries. Specifically, Harb will review literature in order to diagnose the specific water stress challenges for various case studies. Aside from Kellogg research, Harb is also a part of Notre Dame’s 2021-2022 NDSEED team. NDSEED is an organization where a team of engineers work with a rural community in Bolivia to design a pedestrian bridge in order for them to have access to basic necessities in town. In the summer of 2022, Harb and her team will travel to Bolivia and spend six to eight weeks building the bridge and spending time with the local community.
Recently, my research interests have shifted from being solely focused on engineering. I am interested in structural engineering, mainly residential construction. I am also very interested in theology and Catholic traditions. I think these two go together in that construction should be focused on the individual, not on wealth or success, and should consider the safety and dignity of every human life.
My current research with my Kellogg adviser is mainly focused on water consumption and the implications of water issues on the surrounding, most impacted communities.