Service Project Profiles

Service I professionally serve in various capacities with many organizations. I am interested in using my expertise in water resources and ecological engineering to assist communities improve their world.

Roles & Organizations

Weather Monitoring and Reporting

In June of 2002 a small group at ESF launched an ESF Live Weather on the Internet, which compliments the data gathered by multiple remote stations and meteorological links.

Volunteering

  • From January to July 2016 my family and I were sponsored by a CIES Fulbright award to live and work in Naples, Italy so I could serve as the Distinguished Chair of Environmental Science at Parthenope University. Some stories from this experience are reported on our EREngineering Blog, including our urban tree cover inventories for megacities, our workshop on green infrastruture planning and graffiti in Portugal, and our teacher training in cleaning urban pollution using i-Tree tools in Greece.
  • From December 2005 to August 2006 my family and I were sponsored by a CIES Fulbright award to live in Cyprus so I could provide research (with two agencies) and teaching (with two universities) support. My wife also volunteered with in the Elementary Science Education Department of the University of Cyprus. Our efforts were successful, noted by presenting at conferences, publishing findings, graduating students, largely due to our gracious and helpful hosts; like most volunteer experiences, we certainly gained in spirit and experience just as much if not more than we technically provided.
  • From June of 1990 to September of 1992, I lived and worked in Honduras as a Peace Corps aspirant and volunteer. I am much indebted to the generous people of Honduras for providing me with a welcoming, enlightening, and enriching experience. While in Trujillo, Honduras I performed a several duties. A primary project was to work with the Honduras Forestry Agency, a Canadian development organization, the UNESCO group, the Trujillo municipality, and many local leaders and educators, to research and establish two protected natural areas within a coastal Caribbean watershed. These are the Capiro-Calentura and Laguna Guaimoreto areas. In establishing these parks, we also created a local conservation non-governmental organization, which oversaw daily and continual management.

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    Service News and Celebrations

    I am honored to serve as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Environmental Science at University of Parthenope, Naples, Italy for spring 2016.

    Our EWB Club sponsored the Engineers without Borders Northeast Regional Conference. We celebrated completion of a community water supply project for Buena Vista, Honduras, a rural mountain village of approximately 300 people. This project was sponsored in part by Anchor QEA and the National Science Foundation to create a system which sustains ecological function and provides adequate supplies of potable water, using biogeochemical cycling of the watershed as a natural filter system.

    ERE faculty and students have partnered with the i-Tree consortium, developing, testing, and training users for i-Tree Hydro, a tool designed to improve urban water and related resources.

    Our hydraulics lab and exercises in stormwater management have been used with several other dynamic outreach activities led by the ESF Outreach team and our Department, such as providing an interactive exhibits for ESF in the High School. Community support of our research and teaching is expressed through requests for service and outreach.

    Return throughout the year to learn more about our service impact!

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