Community of Practice

Our Team


Steve Burian

U Water Center Director; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Steve.burian@utah.edu

Steve Burian

U Water Center Director; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Steve Burian is a Civil Engineering professor, Director of the U Water Center and the Project Director of the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at the University of Utah. His research group has contributed new approaches for designing urban water infrastructure, innovative urban databases and water modeling techniques, sustainable solutions for distributed water-energy-food systems in cities, and practical adaptation strategies for water managers facing aging infrastructure and climate change.
 Steve.burian@utah.edu

Aslam Chaudhry

Deputy Director, U Water Center; Research Professor, Economics
 aslam.chaudhry@utah.edu

Aslam Chaudhry

Deputy Director, U Water Center; Research Professor, Economics
Dr. M. Aslam Chaudhry is an experienced Program Manager and Natural Resources Economist with expertise in developing, managing and implementing development programs within the context of water-development nexus. His policy development experience covers a combination of research and analysis, institutional development, and shaping public policy discourse for advancing the implementation of sustainable development agenda. Dr. Chaudhry is presently working as a Research Professor of Economics at the University of Utah and also serving as Chief of Party of the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water established at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. Prior to joining the University of Utah, he served the United Nations Secretariat for 24+ years, where he held several managerial positions including Director of the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development in Republic of Korea; Chief of Water and Natural Resources Branch; and Senior Water Adviser. During his career with the UN, he led the coordination of several global intergovernmental and institutional development processes, and helped building durable partnerships with the governments, funding partners, technical institutes and the private sector. His work in developing countries primarily focused on enhancing their institutional and technical capacities in advancing the implementation of global water agenda. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the Secretary of the UN-Water, where he coordinated the work of 31 UN agencies in the area of water. Dr. Chaudhry holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics from Colorado State University, USA, and is the author of several papers, chapters in books, and parliamentary reports for the UN.
 aslam.chaudhry@utah.edu

Tiana Gittins

Administrative Program Assistant
 Tiana.gittins@utah.edu

Tiana Gittins

Administrative Program Assistant
Tiana Gittins is the U Water Center’s official “cat-wrangler,” adeptly handling everything from event coordination to travel arrangements to managing the Center’s social media accounts. A native of Australia whose previous experience ranges from travel agent to fashion and costume design, Tiana enjoys wearing many hats loves the global perspective that working for the Center offers.
 Tiana.gittins@utah.edu

Ming Li

Finance & Grants Manager
 Ming.li@utah.edu

Ming Li

Finance & Grants Manager
Managing the financials for the U Water Center is one of many hats worn by Ming Li. Her years of experience navigating complex parameters of large grants have made her an enormous campus asset and, as such, her time is also shared with the U’s Global Change and Sustainability Center.
 Ming.li@utah.edu

Mercedes Ward

Institutional Development Advisor, On Sabbatical
 Mercedes.ward@utah.edu

Mercedes Ward

Institutional Development Advisor, On Sabbatical
Mercedes Ward has a PhD and MS in anthropology, with an emphasis in human evolutionary ecology, and a BS in biology --which is to say that she came to social science via natural science. This intellectual trajectory unfolded as it did because she realized that to solve environmental problems, one has to understand something about people! As a human ecologist, Mercedes endeavors to understand humans as both biological and social beings embedded in complex webs of relationships. As a sustainable development practitioner, she endeavors to apply this understanding to improve human and environmental well-being.
 Mercedes.ward@utah.edu

U Water Center Executive Committee


Steve Burian

U Water Center Director & Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Aslam Chaudhry

Research Professor, Economics

Brenda Bowen

Professor, Geology and Geophysics & Director of Global Change & Sustainability Center

Paul Brooks

Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Andrea Brunelle

Professor, Geography, Society, Water, and Climate

Robin Craig

Professor, College of Law

Diane Pataki

Professor, Biology

 

Jim VanDerslice

Associate Professor, Division of Public Health

Faculty Collaborators


Mike Barber

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Scott Benson

Global Public Health

Gabe Bowen

Geology & Geophysics

Krista Carlson

Metallurgical Engineering

Rick Forster

Geography

Ramesh Goel

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Court Strong

Atmospheric Sciences

Adam Kochanski

Atmospheric Sciences

Jennifer Weidhaas

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Carlos Oroza

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Masood Parvania

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Christine Pomeroy

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Pat Shea

Biology

Summer Rupper

Geography

 

Robin Craig 

Law

 

Sarah Hinners 

City and Metropolitan Planning

 

Brett clark

Sociology and Sustainability Planning

 

Jim VanDerslice

Division of Public Health

 

Hanseup Kim

Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

TIM EDGAR

Geography

Juliet Carlisle

Political Science

Partners