Rob Renner Casual-HS-WEB copyRob Renner is the Executive Director of the Water Research Foundation. The Water Research Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that sponsors research that supports the water community in cooperatively managing water from all sources to meet social, environmental, and economic needs. Renner was previously the executive director of the International Society of Automation and served as deputy executive director of AWWA. He has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant optimizing water treatment plant performance, and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in sanitary engineering from South Dakota State University. @RobRennerWRF

MikeMarkus ContributorMichael Markus has served as General Manager of the Orange County Water District since 2007. Mr. Markus lead the implementation of Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) program.   GWRS has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers 2009 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award and the Stockholm 2008 Industry Water Award for the most outstanding international water project. Mr. Markus holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, as well as a master’s in civil engineering from the University of Southern California. Engineering News-Record named Mr. Markus one of the top 25 news makers in 2007. In 2009, Mr. Markus received the international 2009 Said Khoury Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

John Sullivan is the Chief Engineer of the Boston Water and  Sewer Commission. John-Sullivan-BWSC-Web ContributorMr. Sullivan has over four decades of experience in water and wastewater engineering. Mr. Sullivan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Sullivan earned an MBA from Northeastern University. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan holds a master’s in emergency management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition to his role with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Mr. Sullivan also serves as the Chairman of  the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center Commission (WaterISAC). Mr. Sullivan also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Association of Municipal Water Agencies.

Robert Detrick is an Assistant Administrator with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) , and serves as the head of robert_detrick NOAA Contributor  research for the agency’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Additionally, Dr. Detrick serves as the acting chair of the NOAA Research Council and leads NOAA’s Climate Goal. Prior to his role at NOAA, Dr. Detrick served as the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences. Dr. Detrick holds a bachelor’s degree in geology and physics from Leigh University. Dr. Detrick received his master’s in marine geology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Detrick completed his doctorate in oceanography under a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Burlingame ContributorGary Burlingame is the Director of Philadelphia Water Department’s Bureau of Laboratory Services. Mr. Burlingame chairs the Water Research Foundation’s Focus Area Council, overseeing more than $3M in annual research funding. Mr. Burlingame authored Taste the Tap: A Consumer’s Guide to Tap Water Flavor (AWWA). Mr. Burlingame received both his bachelor’s and master’s  in environmental science from Drexel University. Mr. Burlingame received AWWA’s The Golden Spigot  Award in 2000.

kielycontributorCharles Kiely is the Assistant General Manager of Customer Care & Operations for DC Water (the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority). In his role at DC Water, Mr. Kiely spearheaded implementation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) at DC Water, being the first U.S.-based water utility to do so. DC Water’s AMI system provided the platform for layering in many additional services and improvements, ultimately enhancing customer service. Mr. Kiely graduated from the University of Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Science in Management. Mr. Kiely holds an MBA from Bentley University.

Ken Thompson is CH2M Hill’s Deputy Global Service Leader for Intelligent Water Solutions. Mr. CH2M-Hill-Ken-Thompson ContributorThompson has more than three decades of experience in water quality and water sector security. In his role at CH2M Hill Mr. Thompson has been a vanguard in development of real-time monitoring systems, such as a prototype monitor for biotoxins, viruses, protozoans and bacteria in water distribution systems. Mr. Thompson has played a principal role in development of water contamination warning systems, including ongoing projects in Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. Prior to joining CH2M Hill, Mr. Thompson spent 19 years working in the public sector, working with water utilities. Mr. Thompson has served as the Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Security Committee. Additionally, Mr. Thompson serves on the Water Research Foundation’s Project Advisory Committee. Mr. Thompson is a member of the WateReuse Research Foundation Advisory Committee. Mr. Thompson has also served as a project manager for the National Water Research Institute.

Jason Maldonado Contributor Jason Maldonado is the Storm Water Quality Manager with Lockwoods, Andrew and Newman, Inc. Mr. Maldonado has over seventeen years of combined regulatory and consulting experience dealing with compliance with the Clean Water Act. His specialties include storm water BMP effectiveness evaluations; NPDES representative monitoring event compliance; MS4 outfall identification and mapping studies; development, implementation and evaluation of illicit discharge detection and elimination programs; Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) support; and monitoring and quality assurance project plan development.

Brandon Grissom is an Operations Analyst with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. In this role, Mr. Grissom has focused on Brandon-Grissom SFPUC Contributorspecial technology projects focused on real-time system monitoring, business intelligence, and analytical insights. Mr. Grissom completed his bachelor’s degree  in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Grissom also holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Walter A. Haas School of Business.

John Cook is the CEO of Advanced Data Mining International. Mr. Cook has over thirty years of environmental engineering and utility experience in the john-cook contributorareas of management, water and wastewater operations, process optimization, design , construction and research. Mr. Cook is a Professional Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and a master’s in environmental engineering from Colorado State University. Mr. Cook has also served as the Executive Director for Berkeley County Water  and Sanitation, going on to serve as the CEO of Charleston Water System.

Ben Livneh is a Research Scientist at CIRES: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Western Contributor LivnehWater Assessment. Prior to joining CIRES, Mr. Livneh served as a lecturer for the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Livneh holds a Ph.D. in civil  and environmental engineering  with an emphasis on hydrology from the University of Washington.

Contributor GordonEric Gordon serves as Managing Director for CIRES: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Western Water Assessment. Mr. Gordon holds a Master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Evan Pugh has completed numerous researchContributor Pugh projects examining the relationships between ecology and hydrology. Mr. Pugh earned a doctorate in geological sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Larry Trojak developed a passion for writing,  first while earning an English Literature Cont-Larry-Trojakdegree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, then through work with Rochester, N.Y.-based agency Winter Korn-Willis. In 1989, Mr. Trojak founded Trojak Communications, specializing in exploring innovations in construction technologies, environmental management and public infrastructure.

Trevor-Hill ContributorTrevor Hill is the co-founder of Global Water Resources, a Phoenix-based owner and operator of regulated water and waste water utilities. At Global Water, Mr. Hill  serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Hill also serves as Chairman and CEO for FATHOM, a package of services including AMI, CIS and asset management. FATHOM was initially developed to meet in-house needs for Global Water’s various utility companies. Mr. Hill served in the Canadian Navy as an engineering officer. He graduated from Royal Roads Military College with a degree in mechanical engineering, and completed post-graduated studies at the Royal Navy Engineering College, based in Plymouth, England. Mr. Hill co-authored The Smart Grid for Water: How Data will Save our Water and your Utility.

Graham-Symmonds ContributorGraham Symmonds is Global Water Resources’ CTO and Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining Global Water Resources, Mr. Symmonds oversaw engineering and operations at Algonquin Water Resources of America. Mr. Symmonds co-authored The Smart Grid for Water: How Data will Save our Water and your Utility.

Bernie Spang ContributorBernie Spang is the Director of Marketing for IBM. Mr. Spang graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology. He holds a master’s in computer engineering from Syracuse University.

Paul McNally is Schneider ElectriPaul-McNally 2c’s Director of Operations  Water and Wastewater NAM Solution Center Director.


Mark-LeinmillerMark Leinmiller is the Water Wastewater Segment Manager for Schneider Electric.