Dr. Steven J. Burian is an associate professor in the Urban Water Group in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. Dr. Burian’s career spans more than a decade during which he has worked in design engineering, as a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a professor at the University of Arkansas and the University of Utah, and as a director of an engineering design and sustainability consulting firm he co-founded. Dr. Burian received a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's in Environmental Engineering and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Burian has expertise related to the engineering of sustainable urban water resources systems, including water supply, storm water management, flood control, and waste water collection. He has taught courses in sustainable urban water engineering, storm water management and design, water management, professional practice and design, sustainable infrastructure, hydrology, hydraulics, sustainable design, flood modeling, and hydrologic field measurements. Specialty areas of research and consulting include integrated urban water management, low-impact development, green infrastructure design, storm water management, flood risk modeling, vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies for urban water systems, and the water-energy nexus. Steve’s research projects have been funded by National Laboratories, EPA, NSF, DOD, DOE, State Departments of Transportation, and Private Industry. His work has resulted in more than 50 authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Burian currently is an Associate Director of the Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Co-Director of Sustainability Curriculum Development at the University of Utah. He is actively involved with several professional societies including ASCE, AWRA, AWWA, WEF, AGU, AMS, and ASEE and is currently chairing the ASCE Rainwater Harvesting technical committee. Dr. Burian is a registered professional engineer in Utah.
Dr. David E. Rosenberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. He also has a joint appoint at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. His work uses systems analysis (optimization and simulation modeling and data management) for water and resources management, infrastructure expansions, demand management, and conservation at scales ranging from individual water users to regional systems. His work integrates engineering, economic, environmental, uncertainty, and when necessary, social and political considerations to plan, design, manage, operate, and re-operate water systems. Applications include optimization for environmental purposes, water conservation, computer support to facilitate conflict resolution, supply/demand modeling, and portfolio management to minimize risk. He has worked in the Middle East, Calif., Maryland, and now Utah.
Dr. Dan Ames holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. He recently joined the faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah after eight years on the faculty at Idaho State University.
Dr. Ames is a registered professional engineer and in 2010, he received the Early Career Excellence Prize from the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society and the Idaho State University Distinguished Researcher Award.
He is the creator of the widely-used open source GIS software MapWindow; has worked on several GIS and modeling related projects funded by EPA, USGS, NOAA and NSF; and presently leads the development of HydroDesktop, a free software client for the CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System.
Dr. Laura G. Hunter is Utah Education Network’s chief content officer and station manager for public broadcaster UEN-TV. Her team oversees the state’s online instructional services including the award-winning UEN.org web site, professional development, digital libraries, educational media, online courses, and content applications. She’s an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, teaching graduate-level educational technology leadership and instructional design courses. Previous experiences include state Internet specialist for Utah, public school teaching and educational technology research. She holds leadership positions with national public TV and education groups and manages several state and federal technology grant projects. Dr. Hunter holds a teaching license in elementary education with gifted-talented endorsement, a master’s degree in elementary and gifted education, and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning.
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