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US-Netherlands Professional Program
September 4-8, 2017
Delft, The Netherlands

The Team

Jennifer Adler is a National Geographic Explorer and conservation photographer with a focus on freshwater. She specializes in underwater photography and cave diving, and her current work is focused on reconnecting the next generation of Floridians to the aquifer beneath their feet. She holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from Brown University and is currently amidst the final year of her PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida. Her dissertation blends science and photography, part of which has been the development and implementation of the Walking on Water program, which puts elementary school students underwater with cameras in hand and takes them on the first 360 virtual tour of the Floridan Aquifer. Her research seeks to understand how we can use immersive education to help connect next generation to their most vital resource: freshwater. 

Monica Altamirano is a Policy analyst and Systems Engineer with a strong background in Economics. In 2010 she defended her PhD Thesis titled: Innovative contracting practices in the road sector: Cross-national lessons in dealing with opportunistic behavior, carried out at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. She researched the technical and institutional dimensions of road procurement strategies and the preceding processes of road reform –liberalization and privatization making use of New Institutional Economics Her PhD research included Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. 

David Berry manages the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, a Federal Advisory group. At the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he chaired work on Sustainable Development Indicators and Industrial Ecology. He served on two committees of the National Academy of Science and spoke several times on sustainability at the Russian Academy of Science. He is on the steering committee of the Balaton Group, a forum for sustainability and systems thinking.Since leaving government David has led workshops in the US, Mexico, Canada, Russia and elsewhere. He is a Past President of the Dharma Centre of Canada, one of the oldest meditation centers in North America. He has performed on television and radio including on National Public Radio’s "Prairie Home Companion.”  

Stan Bronson is a seven generation Floridian, born in Orlando, with undergrad education done at Florida Southern College and grad work done at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida.  Spending most of his career in the citrus industry, 14 years of which was COO of a large citrus operation, in 1999 he joined the extension faculty of the University of Florida, developing a natural resources education program for South Florida ecosystem restoration initiatives. That program has evolved into the Florida Earth Foundation, begun in January 2002.  FEF is a public-private partnership of over 120 agencies, universities, industries and not-for-profits.  The organization develops knowledge exchange programs that center on water disciplines. Coming from a ranching family who supplied the land for Walt Disney World in the 1960’s, Stan’s love of the land has always been an inspiration throughout his career.

Antonella Calvia-Goetz is a Lead Advisor on funding innovation in the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank (EIB). Prior to this position, she worked as Advisor to the EIB Executive Board and DG-Enterprise at the European Commission in Brussels. At the start of her career, she was Risk Manager at American Express Europe in London. Dr. Calvia-Goetz is a recognized expert on European research infrastructures. In 2013, DG-RTD appointed her Chair of a High Level Expert Group tasked with assessing 35 research infrastructures of the ESFRI Roadmap. Dr. Calvia-Goetz holds a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford University (UK) and a Master degree in Business Studies and Economics from the University of Venice (Italy). She also earned a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. 

James Charles is the President of Volya Innovative Solutions, a consulting firm that focuses on environmental, natural resources, cultural, and governance issues and projects.  He is also President of James E. Charles Law, a law firm that focuses on environmental, government, cultural, and natural resources legal issues and policy.  He works closely with Tribal Governments assisting and representing them with Government-to-Government consultations; developing and implementing strategies to protect tribal interests on and off tribal lands (cultural, environmental, and natural resources); developing and negotiating agreements with local, state and federal agencies; enhancing Tribal Self-Governance/Self Determination; and developing tribal infrastructure and capacity.  His passion for working with Tribal Governments began with assisting the Seminole Tribe of Florida in protecting their cultural and environmental interests in connection with Everglades Restoration (the largest environmental restoration project in the world).

Simone Dominique is a social good consultant who specializes in communications and business development. Her clients span multiple sectors and include the not-for-profit organization Florida Earth Foundation and the federal advisory subcommittee, the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR), both of which bring together stakeholders from federal, state, corporate, non-profit, indigenous nation and academic sectors to advance water sustainability and the sharing of water knowledge.  Simone administers the UN Social 500, a gamification platform for United Nations staff and contractors who use their social media accounts to share the work of the UN. She covers social good events such as the United Nations' Media Zone and the Mashable/United Nations Foundation Social Good Summit. Her interviews have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic.

Beth C. Fleming became Director of the Environmental Laboratory (EL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi when she was selected to the Senior Executive Service in June 2006.  In 2008, Dr. Fleming was also selected as the Civil Works (CW) Business Area lead.  ERDC research and development supports the Department of Defense and other agencies in military and civilian projects.  Principal mission areas include civil engineering, environment, water resources engineering, and physical sciences.  Technical research areas under her purview include infrastructure, environment, navigation, flood damage reduction, hydropower, and water resources geospatial data, oceanography, and information technology. As CW Business Area lead, Dr. Fleming is responsible for the Army’s $150M water resources program that transcends USACE’s $5B Navigation, Flood Damage Reduction, Environment, Integrated Water Resources Management, and Infrastructure Reliability and Resilience mission.  

Thomas K. Frazer, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries biology from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in fisheries and aquatic sciences from the University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The overarching goals of his individual and collaborative research efforts are to develop and transfer into management a mechanistic understanding of the effects of anthropogenic activities on the ecology of both freshwater and marine ecosystems. His research is, by nature, interdisciplinary, involves collaborators from disparate disciplines and is carried out across broad space and time scales in order to effectively address contemporary and emerging environmental issues.

Marianna Grossman is founder and managing partner of Minerva Ventures, a consultancy focused on solutions for a resilient future. Minerva advises companies and communities on climate risk, adaptation and resilience, and guides clean tech startups in water, energy, remediation, finance and climate analytics. For seven years Marianna led Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), working to create a more resilient region. Previous to SSV, she had roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She earned a BA cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth, where she studied with The Limits to Growth authors Dennis and Donella Meadows. She earned an MBA from Yale School of Management. Marianna brings people and institutions together across sectors to collaborate, invent and implement solutions that enhance sustainability, build resilience and address the consequences of climate change.

Kirk Hatfield is the Director of the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Florida, the Director of the Florida Water Resources Research Center, and a Professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.  Dr. Hatfield received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Iowa and his PhD degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Following graduation, he joined the University of Florida, Department of Civil Engineering in 1987.  Dr. Hatfield’s ongoing research activities are in the areas of aqueous environmental monitoring, contaminant fate and transport modeling in the subsurface, environmental remediation, and water resources systems analysis.  He has active research collaborations with universities and institutes in Russia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, England, and Germany.  Part of Dr. Hatfield’s related activities include being a member of the Florida Earth Board of Directors.

Karel Heijnert is a specialist in flood forecasting and warning, flood risk management and integrated water resources management. He combines an in-depth technical knowledge in the field of flood risk management, modelling and hydro-informatics with an extensive track record as team leader for the development of flood forecasting and warning systems worldwide. He has been responsible for the successful implementation of a large number of complex flood warning systems demonstrates his focus on practical results and high stakeholder satisfaction.  Karel Heijnert has an MSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He has worked for over 25 years for Deltares and previously Delft Hydraulics in various capacities including as manager of departments focusing on the development and implementation of end-to-end flood forecasting and warning systems. In the period 2015-17, he was employed by Deltares USA in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA in the role of Program Manager Rivers & Coasts. Since 2017, he is based in The Netherlands again and working on water resources and flood risk management project as a water management specialist and project manager.

Adam Hosking is CH2M’s Global Practice Director for Water Resources and Ecosystem Management (WREM), including flood and coastal risk management, water resources and Climate Change Resilience. With a background in coastal geomorphology, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and Chartered Scientist with more than 23 years’ experience in projects and programs addressing coastal resilience. He has expertise in the preparation of long-term strategic management plans and the development of planning frameworks, including leading the definition of the State of Louisiana’s framework for integrated flood risk reduction and wetland restoration following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.He is experienced in the review and appraisal of climate change impacts and their management, including impacts on infrastructure, and the potential management and policy options to address changes. Throughout his entire career, Adam has championed, consistently analyzed, and accounted for the impacts of climate change on his projects. 

Mohammad Ilyas is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. He has been with the College since 1983. From 1994 to 2000, he was Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He served as Associate Dean for Research for the College from 2002 through 2011, and as Dean of the College from 2011 to 2017. From July 2004 to September 2005, he also served the University as Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. During 1993-94 academic year, he was on sabbatical leave with the Department of Computer Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Dr. Ilyas has earned four academic degrees from four different countries. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, in 1976. From March 1977 to September 1978, he worked for the Water and Power Development Authority, Pakistan. In 1978, he was awarded a scholarship for his graduate studies and he completed his MS degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in June 1980 at Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. In September 1980, he joined the doctoral program at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1983. His doctoral research was about switching and flow control techniques in computer communication networks. In 2015, he earned his second Ph.D. in Educational Leadership – Higher Education, from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.

Praveen Kumar holds a B.Tech. (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India 1987), M.S. (Iowa State University 1989), and Ph.D. (University of Minnesota 1993), all in civil engineering, and has been on the UIUC faculty since 1995.  He is also an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Science.  His research focus is on complex hydrologic systems bridging across theory, modeling, and informatics. He presently serves as the Director of the NSF funded Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes, which is part of a national and international network. He has been an Associate of the Center for Advanced Studies, and two-times Fellow of the National Center for Super Computing Applications. He is an AGU Fellow and a recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman (Non-Resident Honor) Award 2017 given by the NRI Welfare Society of India. He has also received the Xerox Award for Research, and Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising. From 2002-2008, he served as a founding Board member for CUAHSI, a consortium of over 110 universities for the advancement of hydrologic science. 

Richard (Rick) Lawford is a senior scientist at Morgan State University where he undertakes projects in support of NASA’s Water Applications Program, serves as interim secretariat for the GEO Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLOWS) and provides water expertise for the US Group on Earth Observations (GEO) program.  Recent and current activities include completion of the GEOSS Water Strategy and co-leading a Future Earth Cluster project on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.  Previous work experience has included work as a consultant working for the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) on matters related to the water component of the Global Earth Observations System of System (GEOSS), contributing to the Global Enhanced Water Monitoring Initiative (GEMI) in support of the UN Water Sustainable Development Goal and as the Network Manager for the Canadian Drought Research Initiative.  He is a member of the Sustainable Water Future Science and Planning Teams, the chair of the Water Future Data Committee and Chair of the GEO Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations Community of Practice.   Formerly he served on the Executive member of the Global Water Systems Project.  Other positions held include the Director of the International Global Energy and Water Experiment Project Office and the NOAA Program Manager for the GEWEX Continental Scale International Project (GCIP).

Hank Loescher’s career has been at the nexus of science, engineering and project development. Formally educated as an Ecosystem Scientist. He received his PhD and MSc from the University of Florida and undergraduate degrees from SUNY and the Vermont State College. He was the second hire for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a first-of its continental-scale ecology major research facility that integrates science, engineering and project management. Hank has lead multiple NEON Project Science Teams (i.e., Instruments, Mobile Platforms, Aquatic) through the important NSF/NSB Review stage and early construction. Hank was also part of a small elite team that crafted NEON’s Continental Design, and has contributed to numerous engineering efforts. He is currently directing NEON’s strategic development efforts (presentations available), and focusing on public/private enterprises. His research interests include determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales. He continues to publish, and has over 70 peer review papers. Prior to his tenure at NEON, he was at Oregon State University administrating the DOE AmeriFlux Program.

Leah Potts is the 2017 Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society North American Rolex Scholar.  Water has been her passion for as long as she can remember, particularly exploring its depths as an avid scuba diver.  Since becoming a professional in the dive industry six years ago, she has worked as an educator, researcher, trip leader, photographer, and production assistant.  She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from University of Florida, where she spent her weekends cave diving through the aquifer beneath her very feet.  Leah has also worked for Divers Alert Network, a dive safety organization at which she researched cave diving fatalities and diver physiology in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Leah’s interests lie in sustainable engineering and underwater exploration.  Her scholarship is a $25,000 award to travel the world for a year gaining hands-on experience in underwater fields.  She is centering her scholarship year around water-related engineering and expedition-based diving experiences and cannot wait to see where this incredible opportunity takes her.

Benjamin Preston is a senior policy researcher and Director of RAND's Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program. At RAND, he helps to coordinate research on energy policy, environmental policy, community and infrastructure resilience, climate risk management, and workplace health and safety. Prior to joining RAND, he served as the Deputy Director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). W Previously, he served as a research scientist in Australia with the CSIRO's Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Change.Benjamin has contributed dozens of publications to the scientific literature on climate change impacts, adaptation, and environmental assessment, and he currently serves as editor-in-chief for the Elsevier journal Climate Risk Management. He has participated in a range of national and international scientific assessments including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the National Climate Assessment, Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic, and the Quadrennial Energy Review.

Roselyn Smith is a Clinical Psychologist in Miami, Florida. She has been recognized as a Fulbright Specialist and is a Subject Matter Advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities global effort for her work in resilience, critical incident and disaster mental health, preparedness, response and recovery. In addition to her clinical practice and resilience consulting, she has two Adjunct Faculty appointments with the University of Miami, one as a member of the Psychology Department for assisting with doctoral level assessment supervision and external practicum placement, and the other as UM Counseling Center Affiliated Training Staff, where she has conducted resilience, disaster and critical incident mental health and Psychological First Aid training for trainees, Center professional staff, and their cadre of community critical incident volunteers since 2007. She has also served as a Critical Incident/Disaster Mental Health consultant to the University of Miami (main campus) for critical incident planning and response, and the U.M. Miller School of Medicine, Center for Disaster Epidemiology and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP Center), where she assisted in the development and presentation of responder resiliency, disaster stress management, and Psychological First Aid (PFA) curriculum.

Bill Whiteford is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he earned a B.A. in environmental studies and biology, and holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.  He is currently assisting in the assimilation of the Florida Earth Foundation with the University of Florida, where he received his Ph.D. from the College of Design, Construction and Planning and a Ph.D. minor in real estate from the Warrington College of Business.  His primary fields of research are in sustainability in the built environment and community resilience, where he creates 3D models of future development using parcel-based land use suitability analysis. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Bill was the Zoning Director for Palm Beach County, FL, where he was responsible for the update, maintenance, and implementation of the Palm Beach County Unified Land Development Code, and worked as the Land Development Director for a private real estate investment firm in Boca Raton, FL.  At present, Bill is a principal at Team Plan Inc., a land planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm located in North Palm Beach, FL, where he enjoys fishing, grilling, and spending time with his family.  

John Woolschlager, Ph.D. joined the U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering in August of 2016 as the Backe Chair, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Director of the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), and Director of Engineering Graduate programs. Dr. Woolschlager's major responsibilities as the Backe Chair will include leading the continued development of a university-wide Emergent Technologies Institute, significantly increasing collaborative external research funding, leading the development of new graduate engineering programs, organizing and conducting outreach activities, and supporting the efforts to attract industry partners in renewable energy and other technologies to Southwest Florida. Dr. Woolschlager has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior to joining FGCU, Dr. Woolschlager was the Director of the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University (SLU), an interdisciplinary graduate degree-granting unit. Dr. Woolschlager joined SLU as the Founding Chair of a new department of Civil Engineering in 2010 and he led that program  through its initial ABE


 

 

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