In August 2013, I joined the leadership team of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute as permanent director of the Nebraska Water Center. Previously, I was a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I was also interim director of the Water Research Center at UH, which like the Nebraska Water Center, is part of a network of more than 54 water resources research institutes that were established by Congressional mandate in 1964. Most of these centers are located at Land Grant Universities. In Hawaii, I was also director of the university’s Environmental Center and was Chief Environmental Engineer for the Applied Research Laboratory, a U.S. Navy-sponsored facility at UH. Before joining the UH faculty in 1997, I held multiple positions in industry and at the Illinois State Water Survey. I have extensive experience in many facets of managing both water and quality issues as a result of my Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.