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Waters Network’s Potential To Transform Environmental Engineering Education

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Environmental Engineering Curricula II

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Environmental Engineering

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13

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12.1595.1 - 12.1595.13

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https://peer.asee.org/2292

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Elizabeth Eschenbach Humboldt State University

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Jami Montgomery WATERS Network - CLEANER Project Office

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James Johnson Howard University

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Chris Brus University of Iowa

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Christine Brus is Director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program at the
University of Iowa where she develops all program initiatives, supervises the staff and directs the activities of the WISE Advisory Board and Steering Committee. She teaches two undergraduate classes: Gender Issues in Science and Medicine and Nature vs. Nurture:Theory to Practice. She has served as a reviewer for a National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) grant review panel evaluating K-12 education proposals for funding under the RFA Using Environmental Health as an Integrating Factor for K-12 Curriculum Development. In addition, she has developed numerous tools to mentor young women considering engineering as a career and has been involved in the development of a women in engineering role model book for K-12 students.

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Dan Giammar Washington University

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Daniel Giammar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also a member of the Environmental Studies Program and the Center for Materials Innovation. His research focuses on
chemical reactions that affect the fate and transport of heavy metals and radionuclides in natural and engineered aquatic systems. Dr. Giammar received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from
Caltech. He served as a Research Associate in Geosciences at Princeton prior to beginning his position at Washington University in 2002.

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Patricia Carlson Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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PATRICIA A. CARLSON is professor of rhetoric at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She is a long-time advocate of writing in engineering
education. Carlson has been a National Research Council Senior Fellow for the U. S. Air Force, as well as having had several research fellowships with NASA (Langley and Goddard) and the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground. She has also been a research fellow at NASA's Classroom of the Future located in Wheeling, WVA. Her primary research area - computer-aided tools to enhance writing in engineering education - has been funded through two NSF grants.

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Bette Grauer McPherson High School

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Bette Grauer is a science educator and science department chairman at McPherson High School,
McPherson, KS where she teaches physics, chemistry, and AP Physics. She received a B.S. in
Civil Engineering with emphasis in environmental engineering from Kansas State University. She
also received a B.S. in Physics Education from Kansas State University and a M. Ed. from
Wichita State University. She is a professional engineer and has worked as a consulting engineer
in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts. She has also worked as a hydrologist for the City of
Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Liesl Hotaling Stevens Institute of Technology

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Liesl Hotaling is the Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science
Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology. Liesl is the lead developer for
instructional materials. As part of this work, she has engaged in the design and development of
Internet-based classroom modules for the USEPA, NSF and other agencies. The instructional
materials incorporate the use of real time data and tellecollaboration.

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Gbekeloluwa Oguntimein Morgan State University

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Liesl Hotaling is the Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science
Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology. Liesl is the lead developer for
instructional materials. As part of this work, she has engaged in the design and development of
Internet-based classroom modules for the USEPA, NSF and other agencies. The instructional
materials incorporate the use of real time data and tellecollaboration.

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Steven Safferman

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Department at Michigan State University. He was also a faculty member at the University of Dayton, served as an environmental engineer in the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, and has project experience in the consulting and manufacturing industries. Dr. Safferman has a MS and Ph.D. in environmental engineering and a BS in civil engineering, all from the University of Cincinnati. He is a professional engineer in the state of Ohio. His research and teaching experience revolves around agricultural and human waste treatment, ecosystem engineering, and pollution prevention. Dr. Safferman is author or co-author on 1 patent, 4 book chapters, 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 15 conference proceedings, and over 40 conference presentations/poster sessions. He is an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering and a member of the NSF CLEANER (Collaborative Large-Scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research) Education Planning Committee.

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Tim Wentling National Center for Supercomputing Applications

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Dr. Tim L. Wentling is a Professor of Information Science in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wentling is the leader of the Knowledge and Learning Systems Group at NCSA where he heads a team of cross-disciplinary faculty, post docs, and graduate students. Prior to this post, he served as a professor of education and a university Department Head for 10 years where he was responsible for the development and mentoring of faculty, students, and staff. In addition to these administrative duties, Dr. Wentling conducts research on knowledge sharing and education and he consults with the Fortune 100 companies and international organizations, has published seven books, and over one hundred articles and conference papers.

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WATERS Network’s Potential to Transform Environmental Engineering Education Abstract

The WATERS Network (WATer and Environmental Research Systems Network) will be an integrated real-time distributed observing system which will enable academic and government scientists, engineers, educators, and practitioners to advance effective management of our nation’s water resources by understanding human interactions with water and the natural and built environment. WATERS will provide easily accessible real time environmental data as well as analysis tools to engineers, scientists, educators, K- graduate students and policymakers so they can better understand how water quantity, quality and related components of the hydrologic cycle are impacted by natural and human influences. The WATERS strategic plan will be completed by July 2007 and requires constituent input. This paper describes the draft Conceptual Design and the Education Plan of WATERS Network. This paper will highlight the potential impact of WATERS on undergraduate and graduate environmental engineering education in order to elicit input from the environmental engineering education community on how WATERS Network could better meet the future needs of undergraduate and graduate students and educators. More information can be found at www.watersnet.org.

Overview

With support of the Geosciences and Engineering Directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF) the WATERS Project Office, a joint initiative of the Collaborative Large- scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research (CLEANER) project1 and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)2, is developing a strategic plan for the WATer and Environmental Research Systems (WATERS) Network. The WATERS Network aims to transform and advance the scientific and engineering knowledge base by developing a collaborative scientific exploration and engineering analysis network that will transform our scientific understanding of how water quantity, quality, and related earth system processes are affected by natural and human-induced changes to the environment. WATERS will allow environmental engineers, scientists and other professionals to advance the scientific understanding of human impacts on water resources and improve and inform the management of environmental issues1.

NSF has funded 11 WATERS Network test bed project grants that focus on sensors and deployment of sensor networks; development of new modeling tools; and development of cyberinfrastructure, especially as it relates to enabling models and making sensor data accessible. In two years, additional testbedding opportunities are expected to further develop technology and determine the best path forward for building the WATERS Network. The WATERS Project Office is also meeting with other NSF environmental observatory programs (e.g., National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)3, Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)4 and governmental monitoring agencies to coordinate program efforts and develop partnerships to

Eschenbach, E., & Montgomery, J., & Johnson, J., & Brus, C., & Giammar, D., & Carlson, P., & Grauer, B., & Hotaling, L., & Oguntimein, G., & Safferman, S., & Wentling, T. (2007, June), Waters Network’s Potential To Transform Environmental Engineering Education Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2292

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