2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award Recipients

UCOWR is pleased to announce the 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award recipients:

Dr. Miguel Morales, University of Florida

Miguel Morales was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Cuban father and Venezuelan mother. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. James Heaney. Miguel has co-authored twelve peer-reviewed journal publications focusing on methodologies to estimate water use and data-drive optimization approaches to target customers for water demand management practices. He has worked with utilities across the state of Florida, water management districts, and regional planning agencies during his time with the Conserve Florida Water Clearinghouse. He has also been a co-investigator on studies for the Water Research Foundation, City of Sanford & St. Johns River Water Management District, and Florida Energy Systems Consortium. Miguel is a founding member and past president of the Association of Cuban Student Engineers, a student organization that provides engineering students with the opportunity to conduct research on Cuba’s infrastructure. He is also a partner at WaterAIM, a consulting firm which provides data-driven analyses and planning services for water demand management and water.


Dr. David Warsinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. David Warsinger completed his B.S. and M.Eng at Cornell, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He completed his graduate studies in a combined 3 years. Prior to starting his PhD, David designed heating and cooling systems and performed energy and sustainability analysis at the engineering consulting firm Arup. David is a coauthor of 18 published and 6 submitted conference or journal papers and a co-inventor on 13 filed or awarded patents. David cofounded Coolify, a startup providing cold storage for farmers in developing economies, which won the national competition for the $100k Ag Innovation Prize. Recently, David received the Institute Award for Best Research Mentor for Undergraduate Students at MIT. He has also received awards for the highest GPA in his class (M.Eng.), numerous grants, and 8 presenter awards at conferences.


Ph.D. Dissertation Honorable Mentions

  • Jinduan Chen, University of Cincinnati
  • Jingxiu Ding, Texas A&M University
  • Julie Watson, Oregon State University
  • Kelly Mott Lacroix, University of Arizona
  • Madeline Gotkowitz, University of Wisconsin
  • Micah Bennett, Southern Illinois University
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