Esther Davis

Esther is persuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate at Utah State University while working as an intern with the USU Permaculture Initiative. She enjoys finding connections between disciplines that—at first glance, at least—seem unrelated. Permaculture and engineering became one of those connections. Drawing on permaculturist Bill Mollison’s lectures, Esther began researching trompes—a lost, environmentally-friendly technology that uses falling water to compress air—through the USU Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2017. She manages a website ( to document and preserve any research on trompe and other forgotten technologies. She also enjoys books, especially science fiction and fantasy, and has published a short story collection.