Securing Texas’ Water Future

Danny Reible, Ph.D., Program Chair, 2012 Texas Water Summit; Director, Center for Research in Water Resources; Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering; Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, UT Austin

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

The 2011 drought focused attention on the fact that Texas’ future is endangered. Our traditional sources of water are finite, yet our population will grow and with it our demands for water to support agriculture, economic development and basic human needs. This can only make our economy more sensitive to drought. Without solutions, our growth will ultimately be limited by water scarcity and droughts will have an impact more damaging than any traditional economic recession.M

Recently, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) organized the 2012 Texas Water Summit to identify these challenges as well as explore potential solutions. Conservation and demand reduction in residential uses of water and other sectors can assist, but it is likely that only the implementation of new technologies will ensure that water does not ultimately limit Texas economic development. Implementation of these technologies in a manner that will not be equally damaging to the economy will require significant advances in their energy efficiency, reliability and effectiveness.

In this presentation, Dr. Danny Reible will explore the topics of the water summit, making the case for future needs, and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for technology development to address those needs.

Dr. Danny Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas and Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources. In 2004 he joined the University of Texas after 23 years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU). Dr. Reible holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lamar University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology. His research career has been focused on understanding the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, evaluating the risks posed by these contaminants, and devising effective measures for risk mitigation. Dr. Reible has been active in technical and policy issues associated with the assessment and in-situ remediation of contaminated sites. He is the author of the textbooks “Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering” and “Diffusion Models of Environmental Transport,” editor of four other books and has authored more than 100 refereed technical papers and more than 30 chapters in books. He has served on five National Research Committees and coauthored their reports.

He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, the Journal of Environmental Forensics, the Journal of Environmental Engineering and the ASLO Journal, Fluids and Environments. Dr. Reible is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a Professional Engineer (LA) and in 2005 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for the “development of widely used approaches for the management of contaminated sediments.” He has also received the Lawrence K. Cecil Award of AIChE and the AEESP New Frontiers in Research Award. Dr. Reible served as a member of the EPA SAB Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC) Panel that provided advice to EPA on its draft Hydraulic Fracturing Research Scoping Study Plan.