Ronald G. Kaiser, Water Degree Program


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Ronald G. Kaiser, Water Degree Program

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  2. 2. Managing water is increasingly complex requiring theintegration of science, engineering, economics, environment,institutions, laws and social considerationsTraditional approach in educating water managers andscientist concentrates programs in a University departmentNew approach is to educate managers and scientists on amultidimensional and trans-disciplinary basis—disciplinarydepth and interdisciplinary breadthTAMU water management and hydrologic science programuniquely draws on expertise of faculty in 4 colleges and 12different departmentsOur mission is to educate the next generation of watermanagers and scientist to deal with increasingly complex waterissues
  3. 3. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY GRADUATE WATER PROGRAM2003 Program planning instituted by senior facultycommittee2004 Approved by TAMU Board of Regents in Dec2005 Approved by Texas Higher EducationCoordinating Board in March2005 First Class admitted in August2007 First Degree granted
  4. 4. UNIQUE PROGRAM STRUCTURE•Degree Supervised by Intercollegiate Faculty • Four Colleges: Agriculture, Architecture, Engineering, Geoscience • Sixty (60) faculty in 12 departments• Faculty Elect an Executive Committee and Water Chair toadminister program• Separate from a Department• College of Geoscience•Degree Name: Water Management & Hydrologic Science
  5. 5. PROGRAM COMPONENTSGraduate Education • Master degrees (2) • Doctoral degreeIntegrative Research Faculty • Topical Teams • Water quality, quantity, distributionOutreach Education •Seminar Series •Conferences •Websites
  6. 6. Water Degrees•Master of Water Management:36 hrs/2 yrs • 7 hrs core classes • 12 hrs common body of knowledge • 14 hrs directed water courses • 3 hrs free electives• Master of Hydrological Science:32 hrs/2yrs • 7 hrs core classes • 18 hrs directed water courses • 3 hrs free electives • 4 hrs research• Doctorate in Hydrological Science:64 hrs
  7. 7. Water CoursesHYDROLOGY•Fundamentals of Atmospheric Dynamics•Climate Change•Climate Modeling•Small Watershed Hydrology•Modeling Small Watersheds Using GIS•Surface Water Hydrology•Stochastic Hydrology•Water Resources Systems Engineering•Geographic Information Systems•Fluvial Geomorphology•Engineering Geomorphology•Coastal Sediment Processes•Estuary Hydrodynamics•Range and Forest Watershed Management
  8. 8. GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGYPedologyAdvanced Soil PhysicsGroundwater EngineeringField Methods in HydrogeologyGeology of GroundwaterApplied Groundwater ModelingChemical and Isotopic Evolution of GroundwaterWATER ECOLOGYAquatic EntomologyFoodweb Dynamics of Aquatic EcosystemsAquatic Microbial EcologyWetland Plant TaxonomyEstuarine EcologyECOHYDROLOGYWetland EcologyFoodweb Dynamics of Aquatic EcosystemsAquatic Microbial EcologyZoogeography
  9. 9. WATER QUALITYIntroduction to Environmental BiophysicsLand Disposal of WasteMode of Action and Environmental Fate of HerbicidesContaminant Transport in GroundwaterFundamentals of Environmental Remediation ProcessesEnvironmental Risk AnalysisEnvironmental Engineering ManagementEnvironmental Analysis of Treatment SystemsEnvironmental Control of Oil and Hazardous Materials SpillsEnvironmental Remediation of Contaminated SitesContaminant Hydrology
  10. 10. WATER MANAGEMENT• Accounting• Finance• Water Economics• Water Resources Planning and Management• Human Impact on the Environment• Survey of Management• Negotiations• Marine Environmental Policy• Dispute Resolution in Planning• Problems of Environmental Planning Administration• Public Administration• Politics, Policy and Administration• Public Policy Theory• Environmental Communication• Political Sociology• Sociology of Complex Organizations• Environmental Impact Analysis• Water Law
  11. 11. OUR AMAZING WATER FACULTYRESEARCH50 research grants totaling $11 million in fundingPublished 175 journal articles and reportsMade 185 presentations at professional meetingSERVICEEditors of 8 water journalReviewers for 84 different journalTEACHINGGenerated over 700 student credit hours

  12. 12. OUR AMAZING WATER FACULTY RESEARCH AREASAgricultural Water Management 
Coastal Studies
Contaminant Detection, Transport &Treatment
Infomatics and Geographic InformationSystems
Modeling (Groundwater)
Riparian/Stream Restoration
Stormwater Management
Water Management/Policy Analysis
Water Resources Planning 
  13. 13. WMHS PROGRAM GROWTHYear Students•2005 11•2006 16•2007 26•2008 30•2009 40•2010 45•Current 48•**33 masters, 15 doctoral**
  14. 14. OUR STUDENT UNDERGRADUATE BACKGROUNDS• Civil engineering• Mechanical engineering• Geology• Environmental science• Wildlife sciences• Aquatic biology• Soil science• Hydrology• Chemistry• Mathematics• Agriculture• Business• Diplomacy
  15. 15. OUR DIVERSE STUDENTS• International •China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Mauritius, S. Africa, Republic of China (Tiawan), Jamica• United States •East & West Coast, Midwest and South• Texas •East, West, South• 2 Fulbright Scholars, 3 USDA Fellows, 8 Diversity & Hispanic Fellows, 1 STEM Fellow
  16. 16. WHERE ARE OUR GRADUATES• FORTY-THREE GRADUATES (43)• Positions •Cities: e.g San Antonio Water System • Harris County • Consulting Firms • EPA • Universities • National Research Laboratories • Water quality labs • U.S. Forest Service • Groundwater Districts • International NGO’s • Water Associations • Army COE • Tx Soil Board • Texas Water Resources Institute
  17. 17. OUTREACH EDUCATION PROGRAM1. Targeted Education Programs • Annual Water Conference • Groundwater Conferences2. Websites: http://texaswater.tamu.edu3. Targeted Publications
  18. 18. Our Future Plans1. Develop internship programs for our masters students2. Cooperate with Texas water organizations to develop annual conferences and seminars3. Explore adding web based water courses for working professionals4. Develop graduate scholarships: e.g. Valeen SilvyWater Fellowship5. Continue to recruit the best students