UCOWR is pleased to announce the 2016 Friends of UCOWR Award recipients.
Dr. James Heaney, University of Florida
James P. Heaney, Ph.D., P.E., D. WRE. has made pioneering contributions in developing decision support systems for more sustainable urban water infrastructure systems including integrated design of water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems including reuse. Currently, he is Professor of the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida where he has also served as Chairman of the department and Director of the Florida Water Resources Research Center. His 48 years as a faculty member have also included twelve years as a Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado from 1991 to 2003.
Dr. Brian Hurd, University of New Mexico
Brian H. Hurd is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at New Mexico State University with degrees from UC Davis (PhD, Agricultural Economics) and CU Boulder (BA, Environmental Conservation and Economics). He uses methods and approaches that emphasize the connectedness of natural and human-managed systems, such as water, climate, food, energy, and environment, to study how communities mitigate and adapt to possible adverse effects of climate disruption and environmental change. He is a former member and president of UCOWR’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, Western Agricultural Economics Association, American Water Resources Association, and Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He served as associate editor for the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research.
Dr. Mac McKee, Utah State University
Mac McKee is the Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. He has been active in domestic and international water resources planning and management projects for more than 35 years, including research and consulting assignments in more than 30 countries. His current research is focused on development of small autonomous aircraft for remote sensing in water, agriculture, and natural resources problems and on the improvement of large water supply system efficiency through the use of statistical learning theory and remote sensing.