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Project Title: Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply

PIN: DELS-WSTB-14-02        

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Water Science and Technology Board


Ehlers, Laura

Subject/Focus Area:  Environment and Environmental Studies

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   10/31/2016

Dr. Debra S. Knopman - (Chair) - (Chair)
The RAND Corporation

Debra S. Knopman is a principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Knopman’s expertise is in hydrology, environmental and natural resources policy, systems analysis and operations research, and public administration. Her project work spans a range of topics including long-term water management, policy options for disposition of nuclear waste, governance and funding of the U.S. Gulf Coast recovery, the design of the Qatar National Research Fund, and urban responses to a changing climate. She served for six years (1997–2003) as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and chaired the board's Site Characterization Panel. She was the director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Innovation and the Environment from 1995 to 2000. From 1993 to 1995, Knopman was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior. She had previously been a research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and later chief of the Branch of Systems Analysis in the USGS's Water Resources Division. From 1979 to 1983, she served first as legislative assistant for energy and environmental issues to Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and then as professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Dr. Knopman has served on more than ten Academies committees and boards. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Wellesley College, her M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Monica B. Emelko
University of Waterloo

Monica B. Emelko is an Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Water Science, Technology and Policy Group. She is also cross-appointed in the School of Planning and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Emelko’s research is focused on drinking water supply and treatment, particularly as related to sustainable technology design and optimization, risk analysis, integrated resource management, climate change impacts on water, water quality monitoring and modeling, and the protection of public health. She is the Co-PI of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project, which is evaluating the initial and long-term effects of both natural disturbance by wildfire and anthropogenic disturbance by forest harvesting on hydrology, water quality, aquatic ecology, and treatability. Her ongoing work involves active participation from over a dozen utilities and conservation authorities across Canada and the United States. Currently she is acting as a technical advisor to federal and provincial/state agencies in Canada, the United States, and Australia regarding regulatory development related to drinking water treatment, source water protection, and integrated resource management. She holds B.S. degrees in both chemical engineering and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in civil engineering from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Mr. Paul L. Freedman

Paul L. Freedman is the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of LimnoTech, a national science and engineering firm specializing in water quality issues for over 40 years. Mr. Freedman has worked directly on hundreds of watershed and lake management projects all across the U.S. for clients including state and Federal agencies, municipalities, and industries. He has been particularly involved in projects focused on controlling runoff of nutrients, sediments and bacteria from storms and the implementation of best management practices and green infrastructure to control these problems. He has also lectured on computer modeling, watershed management, wet weather issues, permitting, sustainability and many other environmental issues. He is a past president of the Water Environment Federation. He has been involved in several regional and national program review panels including two for the National Academies focused on watershed management in the Mississippi River basin and a current review of a ten-year $350 million dollar program in the Delaware River basin to protect drinking water and environmental quality. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He received his B.S. degree in engineering and his M.S. degree in water resources and civil engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Jerome B. Gilbert
Independent Consultant

Jerome B. Gilbert (NAE) is a consulting engineer based in Orinda, California. His interests and expertise include integrated water supply, water-quality planning, and management. Mr. Gilbert has managed local and regional utilities, and developed basin/watershed water-quality and protection plans. He has supervised California’s water rights and water quality planning and regulatory activities, chaired the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, and led national and international water and water research associations. Areas of experience include authorship of state and national water legislation on water rights, pollution control, water conservation, and urban water management; optimization of regional water project development; groundwater remediation and conjunctive use; economic analysis of alternative water improvement projects; and planning of multipurpose water-management efforts including remediation. He has served on national panels related to control and remediation of ground- and surface-water contamination, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, and ten previous Academies’ committees. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati and his M.S. from Stanford University.

Dr. Robert M. Hirsch
U.S. Geological Survey

Robert M. Hirsch is a Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The focus of his research is the description and understanding of long-term variability and change in surface-water quality and streamflow. From 1994 through May 2008, he served as the Chief Hydrologist of the USGS. In this capacity, Dr. Hirsch was responsible for all USGS water science programs, which encompass research and monitoring of the nation’s groundwater and surface water resources including issues of water quantity as well as quality. Dr. Hirsch has received numerous honors from the federal government and from non-governmental organizations, including the 2006 American Water Resources Association’s William C. Ackermann Medal for Excellence in Water Management, and has twice been conferred the rank of Meritorious Senior Executive by the President of the United States. He is co-author of the textbook Statistical Methods in Water Resources. Dr. Hirsch is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an active member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Water Resources Association, and he has served on four Academies’’ committees. Dr. Hirsch received a B.A. in geology from Earlham College, an M.S. in geology from University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Kimberly L. Jones
Howard University

Kimberly L. Jones is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University. She previously worked as an associate and assistant professor in that department from 1996 to 2009. Dr. Jones’ research interests include developing membrane processes for environmental applications, physical-chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment, remediation of emerging contaminants, drinking water quality, and environmental nanotechnology. Dr. Jones currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as chair of the Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board. She has served on the National Academies Water Science and Technology Board and several committees, and the Board of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, where she was Secretary of the Board. She received her B.S. from Howard University, her M.S. from the University of Illinois, and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig
Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Cynthia E. Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. The mission of the group is to investigate the interactions of climate with systems and sectors important to ecological and human well-being. She is Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the mayor to advise the city on adaptation for its critical infrastructure. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Rosenzweig joins impact models with climate models to project future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions. She co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She was a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report. Dr. Rosenzweig holds adjunct appointments as a senior research scientist at the Columbia University Earth Institute and at Barnard College. She has served on eight committees of the National Academies, including the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. She received an M.S. in soil and crop science from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. degree in plant, soil, and environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Karen S. Sklenar
The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Karen S. Sklenar is a Senior Scientist with the Cadmus Group. Dr. Sklenar has over 27 years of experience in the area of water quality from the perspectives of an academic researcher, water utility employee, state regulator, and consultant. In particular, her experiences with helping to implement New York State’s drinking water program have given her a comprehensive understanding of drinking water issues and regulations. She is an expert in Source Water Protection, having served as PI or co-PI for three Water Research Foundation projects including one that developed a preliminary framework for evaluating source water protection programs intended to protect drinking water quality. She was the lead technical author for New York State’s Source Water Assessment Guidance Manual. Dr. Sklenar has also trained regulators and public water system operators on such drinking water regulations as the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Disinfectants/Disinfection By-products Rule, the long-term Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, the Ground Water Rule, and Phase II/V contaminants. She prepared primacy packages for New York State with respect to various regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Dr. Sklenar received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. John E. Tobiason
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

John E. Tobiason is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Tobiason has over 35 years of research, teaching and consulting experience in environmental engineering, mostly related to drinking water supply, treatment and distribution, with a focus on coagulation, oxidation, dissolved air flotation, media and membrane filtration, and other physicochemical processes for drinking water treatment. Dr. Tobiason has directed research on the hydrodynamics and water quality of the drinking water supply reservoirs for the metropolitan Boston, MA area for over 20 years. He is currently President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and is a member of the Journal Editorial Board for the Journal American Water Works Association. He is a registered Professional Engineer (NH) and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Dr. Tobiason earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, his M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. James G. Uber
University of Cincinnati

James G. Uber is Principal and CEO of CitiLogics, LLC, a software technology firm located in Cincinnati, OH, and Professor Emeritus of environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he has served as the Director of the Environmental Engineering Division and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Engineering. His interests are in the development and application of numerical methods, and mathematical optimization approaches, for the simulation, design, control, and operation of complex environmental and water resource systems, particularly drinking water distribution systems. He has developed software tools to help water utilities better manage their assets, most recently as a co-developer of the TEVA-SPOT water security software and the EPANET-MSX multi-species water quality simulation package. Dr. Uber has collaborated with epidemiologists and water quality specialists to help estimate the microbial health risks associated with drinking water distribution systems, with electrical and controls engineers to work on automatic feedback control of water quality in spatially distributed distribution systems, and with EPA to design and analyze monitoring and surveillance systems to mitigate the risks associated with intentional contamination of drinking water. In 2006, Dr. Uber received the ASCE Service to the Profession award for development of tools for improving the design and operation of water distribution systems. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from Bradley University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Eric F. Wood
Princeton University

Eric F. Wood, NAE, is the Susan Dod Brown Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research area is hydroclimatology with an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of the global water and energy cycles through land surface modeling, satellite remote sensing, and data analysis. This includes the monitoring and forecasting of drought, hydrologic impacts from climate change, and seasonal hydrological forecasting. He participates in Global Energy and Water EXchange (GEWEX) activities to develop long-term data records for climate studies. He has been a Science Team member on the NASA Aqua/Terra AMSR-E and MODIS instruments, the NASA Global Precipitation Mission and the NASA soil moisture SMAP mission. For UNESCO he has guided the development of a Global Flood and Drought Monitoring and Forecasting system. Dr. Wood has received many honors, including a Doctor Honoris Causa from Gent University (Belgium) in 2011, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Wood received his B.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia and his S.M., C.E., and Sc.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
NOTE: Effective 10/25/2017, committee member Dr. LeBoeuf resigned from the committee.