TAMUS – Resource Nexus: Water Forum

Sessions

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YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxIntroduction to Forum Objectives

Welcome: Rudy Rosen, Texas A&M University San Antonio

Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M Nexus Initiative

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxThe Water Challenge Panel Discussion
Moderator – Carl Ganter, Co-Founder, Circle of Blue

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxGlobal Perspective – Karin Krchnak, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – via WebEx

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxNational Perspective – Commissioner Edward Drusina, International Boundary Water Commission (IBWC)

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxState Perspective – Kathleen Jackson, Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxCity Perspective – Robert R. Puente, San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS)

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxQ & A

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxMulti Stakeholders Landscape of the Water Challenge Panel Discussion
Moderator – Richard Lawford, Future Earth

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxRattan Lal, The Ohio State University, UNFLORES – Video presentation

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxPeter Saundry, National Council for Science and the Environment– via WebEx

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxFrancisco Bernaola, Abengoa Water

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxMonty Alger, The Pennsylvania State University

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxQ & A

Breakout Discussions Group 1: Role of Water Technologies: water – energy – cost tradeoffs

Facilitators – Bill Stockton, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; David  Ellis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; and Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M Nexus Initiative

Breakout Discussions Group 2: Capacity Building

Facilitator – Jorge Vanegas, Texas A&M University College of  Architecture

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxBreakout Discussions Group 3: Nexus Public Opinion Survey

Facilitators Arnie Vedlitz and Kent Portney, Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service

Breakout Discussions Group 4: Water Law/Policy

Facilitator – Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M School of Law

YouTube-social-icon_red_24pxForum Reconvenes for Discussion Group Summaries and Way forward

Moderator – Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M Nexus Initiative

Bridging the Texas Water Gap: Technological, Policy, and Societal Perspectives

Welcome and Introduction to Texas A&M University-San Antonio

President Cynthia Matson

Master of Ceremonies – Jorge Vanegas

Session 1: Establishing the Point of Departure for the Charrette Process

Welcome and Introduction to objectives and logistics

Rudy Rosen. Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Description of the Texas Water Technology Roadmap: process, results, and historical significance

Presentation of the charrette process, scope, and Rules of Engagement

Facilitated plenary discussion on, and formal documentation of, roles, drivers, and expectations of participants

Session 2: Breakout Group Discussions: Water Tech Development Acceleration
Jim Wall, Texas Center for Applied Technology

Facilitated Breakout Group Discussions on three key dimensions surrounding water technologies, which extend the focus of prior work in this topic: from a source point of view, from a transportation and delivery point of view, from a use point of view, and from an enabling technologies point of view. These discussions will also build and extend the discussions from Day 1. Participants select their first choice of discussion topics.

Breakout Group No. 1: The Human Dimension
Cindy Wall, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Regional Divisions

This breakout group will focus on a discussion of water technologies from human and social dimension points of view, from individuals and families, through communities, to organizations in the public and private sectors. 

Breakout Group No. 2: The Education Dimension
Luis Cifuentes, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

This breakout group will focus on a discussion of water technologies from an education dimension points of view, from K–12 education, through community college education, to higher education at undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels.

Breakout Group No. 3: The Policy, Law, & Regulatory Environment Dimension
Wes Patrick, Southwest Research Institute

 This breakout group will focus on a discussion of water technologies from a policy, law, and regulatory environment dimension points of view, from local county and municipality government, through state government, to federal government levels.

Session 3: Plenary Presentations on Breakout Group Discussions
Jorge Vanegas

Each Breakout Group will present the highlights of their discussions in Round 1 to all participants. All participants to participate in discussion.

Session 4: The Pathway Ahead
Jorge Vanegas

Facilitated plenary discussion on, and formal documentation of a preliminary consensus among participants on the content of the presentations done in Session 3.

 

Moderators & Facilitators

Moderators & Facilitators

Monty Alger

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Monty Alger

Monty Alger received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Alger currently is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Natural Gas Research and Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at  the Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to Penn State he was the GM of Technology for GE Materials Businesses, VP and CTO for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and Sr. VP of Research and Development for Myriant LLC.  Alger is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Chemical Engineering Advisory Councils at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

He is a current Advisory Board Member for Shenhua National Institute for Clean and Low  Carbon Energy (NICE) and Myriant LLC, and past member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


John Blake

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John Blake

John Blake is a M.S. student at Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science from Angelo State University in Applied Physics, and immediately came to Texas A&M to pursue an engineering degree. Blake’s research interests include water use and reuse as well as the implementation of conservative resource practices in a variety of fields with an emphasis on water. His current research is focused on Green Water (water within soil that is used by plants) and the understanding of this vital resource. Additionally, he plans to take the complex understanding of water-soil interactions to the field to help create a more economical solution for irrigation. During his pursuit of a Master’s degree, Blake was able to intern at Living Water International in Houston, TX where he learned valuable skills in water solutions for developing regions around the world.


Dr. Luis Cifuentes

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Dr. Luis Cifuentes –  Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Dr. Luis Cifuentes earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from Swarthmore College, an M.S. degree in Marine Studies, and a Ph.D. degree in Oceanography, both from the University of Delaware. He began his career with Texas A&M University in 1988. In November 2004 and in March 2009, he served as Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Geosciences. In July 2007, he assumed the position of Interim Vice Provost. In September 2010, he became the Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Activity and Dean of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In September 2012, he was promoted to Vice President for Research, Commercialization, and Outreach including the dual role of interim executive director for the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) from May 2013 – August 2015, which is one of only six FAA UAS test sites.He serves as PI on a NSF research coordination network (RCN) grant – Climate, Energy, Environment and Engagement in Semiarid Regions (CE3SAR) – that will build a research network in South Texas aggregating regional research capacities specific to sustainability in semiarid climates contiguous to the Gulf of Mexico.


Edward Drusina

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Edward Drusina – U.S. Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico

Edward Drusina was appointed U.S. Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, in January of 2010. Commissioner Drusina serves on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, which advises the President and Congress on border environment and infrastructure issues, and he co-chairs the Colorado River Leadership Team working to enhance U.S.- Mexico cooperation on Colorado River water management. In 2009 he was the Area Director of Paragon Project Resources, Inc., a national design and construction management company. From 2004 to 2009, Commissioner Drusina held various principal and executive engineering positions in the private sector. He partnered with Moreno Cardenas, Inc. (MCi) in forming OMNI Construction Services, LLC where he served as President. Prior to this, he was both a Senior Project Engineer and Corporate Associate with MCi, where he served as the construction manager for the off-site infrastructure for the world’s largest inland desalination plant in Texas. From 1998 to 2004, he represented the City of El Paso on the Far West Texas Water Planning Group. Commissioner Drusina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, is a graduate of the United States Army Management Staff College, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.


Gabriel Eckstein

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Gabriel Eckstein –  Texas A&M University School of Law

Gabriel Eckstein is a law professor at Texas A&M University where he focuses his research and teaching on water, natural resources, and environmental law and policy issues at the local, national, and international levels. He also serves on the faculty of the Texas A&M Water Management and Hydrological Science Graduate Faculty and Texas A&M Energy Institute.

Professor Eckstein regularly serves as an expert advisor and consultant for various UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups; directs the Internet-based International Water Law Project (www.InternationalWaterLaw.org); and is an executive board member of both the International Association for Water Law and the International Water Resources Association. Before entering academia, Professor Eckstein worked as senior counsel for CropLife America on agrichemical regulation and legislative matters, and as a litigator in private practice. Professor Eckstein holds J.D. and LL.M. degrees, an M.S. in International Affairs, and a B.A. in Geology.


David Ellis

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David Ellis –  Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. David Ellis is a Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and Manager of the Infrastructure Investment Analysis Program. He has 34 years of experience in transportation economics and finance, demographics, the economic impacts of transportation investment and tax policy. His recent work at TTI includes research on transportation supply, demand and finance, transportation tax policy, modeling and forecasting fuel tax and other transportation revenue sources, and benefit/cost of transportation improvements.Dr. Ellis is invited to testify frequently before the Texas Legislature on the topics of transportation finance, tax policy and revenue forecasting, and has been invited on multiple occasions to provide briefings for legislative and congressional staff on the economic impact of infrastructure investment. He has also consulted on multiple occasions with transportation officials in the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of India, the World Bank and numerous states on topics related to tax policy and economic development.


Kathleen Jackson

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Kathleen Jackson

Kathleen Jackson has a diverse background representing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and wholesale-supply interests, which includes developing and implementing water management strategies for Southeast Texas. As a registered professional engineer, Jackson served as public affairs manager for one of the world’s largest petroleum and petrochemical producers. Additionally, she was involved in production agriculture with her late husband, who ran a cattle operation and farmed rice. She served as a past member of the Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors, the Texas Water Conservation Association, and participated on the Sabine and Neches Rivers Bay and Estuary Environmental Flows Assessment Program Stakeholders Committee. She is also a board member and past president of the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Beaumont, a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, past president of the American Cancer Society of North Jefferson County, and a past board member of Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle. Jackson received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. Jackson has three children, sixth-generation Texans, who all reside and work in Texas.


Karin Krchnak

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Karin Krchnak

Karin Krchnak is WWF-US Freshwater Director. She leads the water team in advancing WWF’s goal to measurably improve the sustainability of the world’s major river basins in order to maintain nature’s diversity, strengthen climate resiliency, and support human well-being. As part of this, she oversees a portfolio of projects around advancing corporate water stewardship, building good water governance, and building the resiliency of freshwater ecosystems. Karin’s background is in international environmental law and she has held positions with The Nature Conservancy, the World Resource Institute, the National Wildlife Federation, the American Bar Association, and Science Applications International Corporation. Ms. Krchnak received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. She has published extensively in the area of international environmental policy and sustainable development, particularly on freshwater issues. She has served on the Steering Committees of the Global Water Partnership and the Gender & Water Alliance and on the International Steering Committee for the 7th World Water Forum. She Co-Chaired the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’s Freshwater Caucus. She serves on the World Water Council’s Board of Governors.


Rabi H. Mohtar

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Rabi H. Mohtar

Rabi H. Mohtar, TEES Endowed Professor, Texas A&M University, Civil and Biological/Agricultural Engineering. Adjunct Professor, Purdue University. Previous positions: Director, Global Engineering Programs, cofounder Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (Purdue); Executive Director, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute. Mohtar’s research addresses global resource challenges: developing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus framework linking science to policy, characterizing soil-water medium using thermodynamic modeling, non-traditional water applications for sustainable integrated water management. Distinguished alumnus of American University of Beirut (2014), recipient of the Ven Te Chow memorial award, International Water Resources association (2015) and Kishida International Award (2010), Mohtar served World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils on Water Security and on Climate Change (2009-2014), is a governor of World Water Council (2012-present). Over 200 published manuscripts include peer-reviewed journals, refereed conference proceedings, books and chapters. [http://wefnexus.tamu.edu/].

Abstract

Role of Water Technologies: water – energy – cost tradeoffs

Water purification, treatment, production, and transportation technologies will play a major role in bridging the water gap in Texas and elsewhere. This session will explore such technologies and the tradeoffs among various technologies as to cost, energy use, and environmental impact that will help provide water for various stakeholders. The economics of the use of brackish water desalination for hydraulic fracturing and the water-energy-transportation nexus will be presented as two examples to show case on-going activities at Texas A&M.


Wesley C. Patrick

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Wesley C. Patrick

Dr. Wesley (Wes) Patrick is Vice President of the Geosciences and Engineering Division of Southwest Research Institute®. The division is comprised of two departments. The Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses is the primary technical support contractor to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, providing research and technical assistance on essentially all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle. The Department of Earth, Material, and Planetary Sciences conducts applied research and development with emphasis on Earth and planetary sciences, energy exploration and development, site characterization, and water resources analysis. Before joining SwRI, Dr. Patrick conducted field investigations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico and the Spent Fuel Test-Climax in Nevada. A mining engineer and rock mechanician by training, he earned a BS degree from Michigan Technological University, and MS and PhD degrees from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.


Kent E. Portney, Ph.D.

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Kent E. Portney

Kent E. Portney joined the faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he is professor in Department of Public Service and Administration. He also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. He was on the Tufts University faculty since 1979 and served as department chair in political science and directed the Graduate Program in Public Policy and Citizen Participation. More recently, he was director of the Water and Research Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is co-founder of the Tufts Water Diplomacy doctoral program, and Co-PI for the “Water Across Boundaries” NSF IGERT grant. He received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Florida State University. Dr. Portney’s areas of expertise include environmental policy, urban sustainability, urban politics, economic inequality, urban water policy and sustainability, and policy analysis. He has authored or co-authored ten books on such topics as urban sustainability and economic development, citizen participation, and teaching critical reasoning in the social sciences. He has written numerous journal articles on urban sustainability, urban politics, and the local nonprofit sector. His latest book, Sustainability, will be published in August of 2015 as part of MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge series. His co-authored book The Rebirth of Urban Democracy earned two awards from the American Political Science Association. He has been awarded numerous grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Polaroid Foundation. Extensive recent research focuses on environmental governance and the political and social conditions necessary to create a political context supportive of the pursuit of city sustainability policies and programs, and on socio-ecological issues related to urban water governance. A current major research project focuses on social and public policy dimensions of the water-energy-food security nexus. Web sites: http://tiny.cc/portney http://bush.tamu.edu/faculty/kportney/ http://www.ourgreencities.com

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Vedlitz-Portney-McGee PresentationResource Nexus: Water ForumArea 41 Kickoff Event, November 17, 2015San Antonio, TXPublic Opinion on Water in the Nexus

This presentation focuses on revealing the results of the 2015 National Water-Energy-Food Nexus public opinion survey sponsored by the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Bush School. This survey contains a nationally-representative sample and a representative sample of residents of Texas. These results will be compared to results from the 2013 National Public Water Survey, a nationally-representative survey with a Texas oversample. The presentation will systematically compare the perceptions and views on water issues as they relate to energy and food production and consumption, as well as support for various national, state, and local policies that promise to address the linkages and tradeoffs between these resources. Questions such as how much of a connection between water and energy, water and food, and energy and food do people seem to understand, which agencies do people trust the most and least to deal with water issues, which public and private organizations the public believes should fund or manage water resources, what specific kinds of policy proposals do people seem to favor the most, and are there identifiable differences between groups of people. Do Texans view water in the nexus differently from people in the rest of the U.S.? Do Texans have distinctly different views about how water for energy and water for food should be managed? Do peoples’ political predispositions or ideologies affect their support for various policy options? Are there differences between people who live in urban areas versus rural areas? These and related issues will be examined.


Mr. Robert R. Puente

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Robert R. Puente – President/Chief Executive Officer San Antonio Water System

Robert R. Puente, San Antonio Water System’s President and CEO since May 2008, leads one of the nation’s largest utilities delivering water and wastewater services to over 1.6 million consumers.Since taking the helm at SAWS Puente has led the entity through many historic financial and operational successes and is often called on to share these successes throughout the United States and abroad. Puente has also led the entity to achieve the highest bond rating in its history.Additionally, the utility has earned several recognitions and awards, including the Texas Environmental Excellence Award, Top Workplace Award three years in a row, a Business Opportunity Diversity Award as well as several other operational awards and recognitions.Prior to SAWS, Puente served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991-2008 and was Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. In the legislature Puente authored and led the charge in passing several historic bills related to water which continue to serve as model legislation throughout the U.S.Robert is married to Carmen Muñiz Puente and they have three children.


Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Rosen

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Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Rosen was recruited to Texas A&M through the Texas A&M Chancellor’s Research Initiative and is now Visiting Professor at Texas A&M University San Antonio. He is a former Research Professor at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and a former director of fisheries, wildlife and coastal resources for Texas Parks and Wildlife and of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he served two governors in their cabinet for the environment. He has been executive director and regional director of three of the nation’s largest nonprofit science-driven conservation organizations and has degrees from Penn State, South Dakota State, and the University of Massachusetts. He recently wrote a textbook on fundraising for conservation, Money for the Cause, and Texas Aquatic Science a textbook for high school and university students, both published by Texas A&M University Press.


Bill Stockton

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Bill Stockton – Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. Stockton is Executive Associate Agency Director and Chief Research Officer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). He serves as the designated liaison to The Texas A&M University System Vice Chancellor for Research, and oversees TTI’s interdisciplinary research activities.

Dr. Stockton has focused on projects to develop public policy and decision support tools for public agencies that address toll roads, high occupancy vehicle lanes, intelligent transportation systems, long range transportation needs and international commercial border crossings.

His nearly 40 years of public service include executive roles at TTI and at the City of Austin. He is a licensed engineer and an active member of numerous local, state and national professional societies and their committees.


Dr. Jorge A. Vanegas

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Dr. Jorge A. Vanegas

Dr. Jorge A. Vanegas, Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, and Research Professor of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station of the Texas A&M University System, has focused his scholarly and professional activities on: (1) creativity, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship; (2) built environment sustainability – urban, infrastructure, and facilities; and (3) advanced strategies, tools, and methods for integrated capital asset delivery and management in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry. He began serving as interim dean of the college July 9, 2008 and was appointed dean by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on July 17, 2009. He has served as a technical advisor and a regular contributor, in various capacities, to activities of different academic institutions, organizations, and companies in the U.S. and internationally, and serves on multiple boards for several research and education centers. In recognition of his research, teaching, and service scholarly accomplishments, Dr. Vanegas has received throughout his academic and professional career national and international awards for education, research, and professional, including being inducted in the Pan American Academy of Engineering in 2010. A registered architect in Colombia, Dr. Vanegas holds a degree in architecture from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia as well as Master of Science and doctorate degrees in construction engineering and management from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in California.


Dr. Arnold Vedlitz

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Dr. Arnold Vedlitz

Dr. Arnold Vedlitz is holder of the Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Dr. Vedlitz researches the processes through which decision makers and the public understand and act on scientific and technical developments. He examines the role of information, risk assessments and social, political, economic and cultural cues in framing science discoveries, the benefits and risks they expose, and the ways in which this information is framed, received and evaluated by policy makers and the public to form regulatory regimes and allocate financial resources. His currently focuses on policy formation for the water-energy-food nexus. Dr. Vedlitz has published in top public policy journals. He has been principal investigator, co-principal investigator, and senior research scientist on externally funded research projects totaling more than $15.9 million.

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Vedlitz-Portney-McGee PresentationResource Nexus: Water ForumArea 41 Kickoff Event, November 17, 2015San Antonio, TXPublic Opinion on Water in the Nexus

This presentation focuses on revealing the results of the 2015 National Water-Energy-Food Nexus public opinion survey sponsored by the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Bush School. This survey contains a nationally-representative sample and a representative sample of residents of Texas. These results will be compared to results from the 2013 National Public Water Survey, a nationally-representative survey with a Texas oversample. The presentation will systematically compare the perceptions and views on water issues as they relate to energy and food production and consumption, as well as support for various national, state, and local policies that promise to address the linkages and tradeoffs between these resources. Questions such as how much of a connection between water and energy, water and food, and energy and food do people seem to understand, which agencies do people trust the most and least to deal with water issues, which public and private organizations the public believes should fund or manage water resources, what specific kinds of policy proposals do people seem to favor the most, and are there identifiable differences between groups of people. Do Texans view water in the nexus differently from people in the rest of the U.S.? Do Texans have distinctly different views about how water for energy and water for food should be managed? Do peoples’ political predispositions or ideologies affect their support for various policy options? Are there differences between people who live in urban areas versus rural areas? These and related issues will be examined.


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Cindy Wall –  Assistant Agency Director –  Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)

Ms. Cindy Wall was appointed as Assistant Agency Director for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) on August 1, 2012. She currently manages the operations of the network of 19 TEES external (regional) divisions throughout the state—coordinating interactions with centers/institutes, workforce development and technology divisions. As of September 1, 2015, she assumed coordination of the engineering academic programs for the A&M System schools in support of the A&M Engineering Program.

Wall has been with TEES since July 2008, when she was appointed as the Executive Director of the Texas Center for Applied Technology. In that role she led a team of 45 researchers and scientists working in energy and environmental sustainability, modelling and simulation, and information technology. Before joining TEES, she spent 13 years working for the (then known as) Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Wall led the creation of TEEX’s Product Development Center (PDC) which was created in 2007 to bring technical expertise from emergency responders and other components of TEEX, TEES and the A&M System to private industry for product development.

Wall, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in Industrial Engineering, joined TEEX in 1995. From 1995 to 2006 she worked in the Technology and Economic Development Division of TEEX as a Regional Director of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center. In 2006 she joined the Urban Search and Rescue Division of TEEX as an Associate Division Director where she led administrative functions in support of Texas’ only FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team—Texas Task Force 1. Prior to joining TEEX, Wall worked in private industry, supporting manufacturing operations at Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group and OI Corporation from 1983-1994.


Dr. Jim Wall

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Dr. Jim Wall

Dr. Jim Wall is the Executive Director of the Texas Center for Applied Technology and an Associate Research Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station. In his role as the Executive Director for the Texas Center for Applied Technology, he is responsible for organizing large multi-disciplined programs in computing and information technology, manufacturing and process engineering, and energy and environmental sustainability. The Center performs applied research and is funded by a wide array of national and state agencies and industry partners.Dr. Wall has extensive experience in command and control systems, distributed modeling and simulation, and virtual environments. He is a nationally recognized expert in the use of simulation to train emergency command post operations. He and his team developed the Emergency Management Exercise System, a simulation environment that has been used to support Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-sponsored training for more than 10,000 emergency managers from around the nation. Dr. Wall was the Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Red Duke, famed trauma surgeon from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, for the highly successful and commercialized Digital EMS program that connects emergency room transport with emergency rooms and transmits real-time video and physiological telemetry. His team also developed innovative technology involving an extremely robust information dashboard architecture and a novel approach to visual analytics. These technologies have been the basis for a large number of successful programs that aid command and control processes by constructing a common operational picture that enables situational awareness among a wide variety of decision makers. His bio-surveillance common operational picture developed for the DHS National Bio-surveillance Integration Center won the 2010 DHS Science & Technology Impact Award.In 2010, he was the Conference Chair for the largest simulation conference in the world, the Interservice/Industrial Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (19,000 registrants from 61 countries) sponsored by the National Training and Simulation Association. Dr. Wall is a retired Army Acquisition Corps officer with twenty-two years of service. His last Army assignment was as a Senior Computer Scientist with the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Dr. Wall has a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1993) from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control, and Communications) (1986) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In 2009, Dr. Wall was designated as a Regents Fellow by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.


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