Student Project: Using Wireless Technology to Detect Lead in Urban Soils (Cheng Lab)

Lead (Pb) is one of the most prominent contaminants widely found in urban soils. It presents significant health risk to human health, especially for gardeners and those consuming urban produce. Current methods for soil Pb analysis are mostly labor intensive, costly, and not easily accessible to the public. This project, a collaboration with Cornell Tech, will explore the feasibility of using wireless technology for Pb screening of urban soils. This will empower land owners/users to know the Pb levels in their soils and take appropriate actions for remediation and reduce health risks. Our BUEE student will learn technologies both in a soil chemistry lab as well as an environmental sensor lab, participate in field work and community outreach in an under-served neighborhood in Brooklyn.