Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Eric Wood - Modeling Water, Energy and Climate


Eric F. Wood holds the Susan Dod Brown Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1976.   His research area is in 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.  His foci include the monitoring and forecasting of drought, hydrologic impacts from climate change, and seasonal hydrological forecasting.   

Eric's research has an emphasis on the modeling and analysis of global water and energy.
Eric was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for “For development of land surface models and use of remote sensing for hydrologic modeling and prediction.”  Among his other honors, Dr. Wood received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Gent University (Belgium) in 2011, the European Geosciences Union’s Alfred Wegener Medal and John Dalton Medal, AMS’s Jules G. Charney Award and Robert E. Horton Memorial Lectureship, and AGU's Hydrology Section’s Robert E. Horton Award.  Dr. Wood is a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.  He is a former Council member of the American Meteorological Society.  For the American Geophysical Union, he was the President of the Hydrology Section (2012-2014), served on the AGU Council (2010-2014) and has served on numerous committees, including as a member and chair of the Union Fellows Committee. 
 
Remote sensing uses reflected light or rays to collect data on the earth's surface.
Dr. Wood serves, and has served, on numerous advisory panels and committees for NOAA, NASA, NSF and the US National Academies as well as international programs.  During his academic career he has been the primary advisor to 32 PhD students, 8 Masters students, and has mentored 27 post-doctoral researchers.

Accurate modeling can help African farmers prepare for periods of drought.
We are pleased to welcome Eric as one of the jurors to select the winner of the 2017 OU International Water Prize.  As part of the WaTER Center Symposium on September 22, Dr. Wood will also be part of a panel discussion on "Critical Water Issues in Today's World". 

Sarini Prabasi - Helping the Poorest of the World's Poor



Sarina Prabasi is the Chief Executive of WaterAid America, the world’s largest international non-profit dedicated to helping the world’s poorest people gain long-term access to safe drinking water, toilets and effective hygiene education.  Over the course of the last year, WaterAid and its local partners have helped two million people gain clean water, three million people gain toilets, and more than eight million people gain access to hygiene education. 

WaterAid knows the importance of WaSH education.
A tribute to her vision and leadership, Sarina was recently honored by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 ‘Woman of Influence’ and was named by both Fortune and Food & Wine magazines as one of the ‘Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink’. From the post regarding this award: "Prabasi was a driving force behind Congress's 2014 Water for the World Act, which directs water funding toward needy communities. ... "We believe clean water, sanitation and hygiene have huge ripple effects in underserved communities," says Prabasi.

Sarina Prabasi is a "woman of influence" who is helping to change millions of lives by increasing their access to safe drinking water, toilets and hygiene education.
Prabasi counts more than 20 years of experience in international development work. Prior to joining WaterAid in 2014, she most recently served as Deputy Chief of Programs at Orbis International, and as Country Representative at WaterAid Ethiopia. Prior to that, Sarina spent nearly ten years at Pact Inc., serving both in Washington, D.C. and overseas.

Water collection in Ethiopia.

Originally from Nepal, Prabasi lives in NYC where she is the Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee, a fair trade, organic coffee company. We are pleased to welcome Sarina as one of the jurors to select the winner of the 2017 OU International Water Prize.  As part of the WaTER Center Symposium on September 22, Ms. Prabasi will also be part of a panel discussion on "Critical Water Issues in Today's World". 

Friday, September 2, 2016

James Smith - Innovator for Clean Water Solutions


James A. Smith is the Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Smith has served as the UPS Foundation Visiting Professor of Environmental Engineering at Stanford University (1998-99) and as the William R. Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University (2004-05).  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources.


Jim Smith, professor of environmental engineering, works to solve global water and health problems around the globe.

Mr. Smith is the founder of PureMadi, a not-for-profit organization working to solve global water and health problems by working at the interface of water, societal, and human health disciplines.  He is also the founder of MadiDrop, PBC and inventor of the MadiDrop, a silver-ceramic tablet for point-of-use water disinfection.  He was named the Innovator of the Year by the University Licensing and Ventures group in 2015 for his work with PureMadi and MadiDrop, PBC.


Access to safe drinking water is still not a reality for over 3/4 billion of the world's peoples.

His research interests include sustainable point-of-use water treatment technologies for the developing world and their impact on human health, the disinfection properties of zero-valent nano-silver and nano-copper particles, and low-impact development (LID) technologies for management of stormwater runoff.


The MadiDrop tablet, which will cost between $5 and $10, can provide clean water for up to six months.
Jim Smith working in his lab at University of Virginia
We are pleased to welcome Jim Smith as one of the jurors to select the winner of the 2017 OU International Water Prize.  As part of the WaTER Center Symposium on September 22, Dr. Smith will also be part of a panel discussion on "Critical Water Issues in Today's World".