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Mentors & Teams
Team 1: Lowell Anderson lra@alum.mit.edu   More info...
Team 3: Yolanda Fan yolanda@mit.edu 410-858-3784 More info...
Team 2: Todd Harland-White todd@alum.mit.edu 410-757-8020 More info...
Team 5: Bob Gurnitz rgurnitz@alum.mit.edu 508 627 3882 More info...
Team 7: Hal Gustin hlgustin@structint.com 720-320-6722 More info...
Team 6: Christopher Barnett BarnettCJ@pbworld.com   More info...
Team 5: Allan Kent
alrkent@comcast.net 508-381-0582 More info...
Team 4: Alfredo Kniazzeh alfredok@alum.mit.edu 781-891-9937 More info...
Team 5: Kathy Hess kmhess@mit.edu 617.918.1487 More info...
Team 4: Mike Leis Mleis@alum.mit.edu More info...
Team 7: Keith MacKay quisp@alum.mit.edu 617.695.1935 More info...
Team 1: Stephen Estes-Smargiassi Stephen.Estes-Smargiassi@mwra.state.ma.us More info...
Team 6: Guillermo Vicens VicensGJ@cdm.com 617-452-6245 More info...
Team 2: Dr. Jorge Phillips jp@alum.mit.edu 919-395-1580 More info...
Team 3: Peter Ralston pralston@alum.mit.edu   More info...
Team 8: Ken Stewart kstewart@alum.mit.edu   More info...
Team 8: Johnny Yang jtyang@sloan.mit.edu 781-810-2100
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Team 2: Jeff Walker walker.jeff.d@gmail.com   More info...
Team 1: Sheldon W. Buck sheldon.buck@comcast.net 781-235-9585
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Team 6: John Stenard jstenard@imagine-one.com 703.379.4900 More info...
Lowell Anderson
Manager, Shoshone Municipal Pipeline

MIT year: 1959 (Electrical Engineering)

Beginning in 1988 I oversaw the construction of 70+ miles of transmission pipeline and a 16.5 MGD water treatment plant. As construction came to completion in 1991 I hired a crew and since that time I have overseen the operation of same as well as upgrades to keep things up to date. We supply water to six municipalities and to eight rural water districts. I have followed in the news various water problems and suits for many years. I am originally from Riverton, Wyoming, which is surrounded by the Wind River Indian Reservation. The two tribes on the reservation instituted a lawsuit over water that took many years to settle.

I live in the area served by the Cody Canal Irrigation District and I have been involved in their meetings and adjudication of water rights. I have been involved in petitions to the Wyoming Board of Control concerning the transfer of water rights. Here in Wyoming we are at the headwaters of the rivers leaving the state.

This year I attended the Wyoming Water Law Institute.

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Yolanda Fan
yolanda@mit.edu 410-858-4784

Occupation: Partner at a Real Estate Investment / Property Management Start-up

MIT year: 2002 Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, B.S. Biology

After graduating from MIT, Yolanda worked at MIT's Technology Licensing Office before ultimately starting a real estate investment company in Baltimore, MD, with another MIT alum. She enjoys creative problem solving and is particularly interested in this year's topic.

This is Yolanda's third year as a 12.000 mentor -- some of her other MIT alumni activities include leadership in her class, the Club of Baltimore, and fund raising.

Since she lives in Towson, MD so most communication will have to be by email or phone.

Sheldon W. Buck
sheldon.buck @comcast.net Phone: 781-235-9585
Occupation: aeronautical engineer
MIT year: 1958
Education: Bachelors

I was a mentor for Mission in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and 2007.

I am an Aero/Astro grad class of 1958. Worked at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory 1957 to 1973 followed by The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory 1973 to 2000 when I retired. I was assigned to the Earth and Planetary Science Department for 5 years 1968 to 1973 working with Prof. Frank Press and Prof. Nafi Toksoz. I was Technical Director of the Lunar Traverse Gravimeter experiment which flew on Apollo 17 and was a member of the lunar surface EVA team at mission control during the flight.

Designed stable platforms for inertial guidance systems. Designed seismic monitoring systems for earthquakes and underground explosions. Designed gravimeters for lunar exploration. Designed special purpose instrumentation for submarines and oceanography.

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Hal Gustin
hlgustin@structint.com 720-320-6722 website: www.structint.com

Occupation: Engineer

MIT year: 1973

Education: Masters

This is my third year as an alumni mentor for 12.000. I’m really looking forward to this year in particular, with its focus on the Colorado River system, since that’s local to me.

I received my Bachelor’s and Masters in course 2, in 1975 and 1982, respectively. I’m an engineering consultant with specialization in the areas of fracture mechanics, stress analysis, and power plant systems (especially nuclear), with supporting interests in welding engineering, materials, and probably a bunch of other things. I work for Structural Integrity Associates (www.structint.com) in the Denver area.

I promptly respond to e-mails, often even at 3 am.

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Todd Harland-White
410-757-8020 (home) todd@alum.mit.edu
410-260-5180 (office) todd.harland-white@ngc.com

Todd Harland-White's career since MIT (XIII-C, '76) has involved designing and building manned and unmanned systems operating in the deep sea for Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems, where he is now Chief Architect. Projects have included design of deepsea research submersibles and mini-subs, participation in teams designing new submarine and surface ship classes, developing underwater robotic systems, and working with optical and acoustic sensors and sensor networks for probing and mapping the underwater space. All of these efforts have been highly inter-disciplinary not only in the breadth of technical issues but also in the politics and budgeting required to initiate and complete the projects - as is typical of most real problems.
This is Todd's seventh tour of duty as a 12.000 mentor, having served for Missions 2005 through 2010. Todd also serves as an MIT Educational Counselor possibly responsible for some of you being there at MIT to begin with!
Todd has managed to visit one or two of the classes, but usually he will have to do everything long distance from Annapolis MD via email and website review.

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Kathy Hess
kmhess @mit.edu 617.225.8106
McCormick Housemaster, MIT
Environmental Scientist
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

BS, Geology, Stanford University
MS, Engineering Geology, Stanford University
additional graduate work in Environmental Engineering, MIT

I evaluate environmental programs at US EPA for the Inspector General. My
recent evaluations include Superfund sites, combined sewer overflows, and human
impacts on the Chesapeake Bay.

Prior to joining the EPA OIG in 2004, I worked over 20 years as a scientist at
the US Geological Survey. Technical areas I worked in included fate and
transport of contaminants in ground water, interactions between ground and
surface waters, field sampling techniques, ground water supply, and numerical
modeling. I served as the supervisor for the Ground Water Studies Section and
as Ground-Water Specialist for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Water Science

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Christopher Barnett
Senior Engineering Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.
Education: 1977, BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1980 MS, Technology and Policy

Christopher Barnett is a senior project/construction manager. Most recently he served on PBís Panama Canal Program Advisory Services team, leading a review of the contract documents for design and construction of the new locks at Miraflores and Gat²n. estimated value US$2.8 billion. He advised on Employerís Requirements for the design-build contract documents, particular conditions of contract for this FIDIC contract, and contractor pre-qualification criteria. PB was contracted as a program advisory consultant in a high-level multi-year advisory role that assisted the Panama Canal Authority in formulating the framework needed to make key decisions on the expansion of the Canal.

Until recently he was a member of the Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff team assisting the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority with the management, design and construction of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, a multibillion-dollar highway project to replace an aging 6-lane viaduct with a new 8- to 10-lane tunnel carrying Interstate 93 under the City of Boston, and construct 3-mile tunnel extension of Interstate 90, including two immersed-tube harbor channel crossings.

He was previously Manager of Right-of-Way Assessment and Remediation and Materials Disposal Services on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project.

Before his Central Artery/Tunnel Project assignment, Chris was Technical Manager of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was responsible for technical oversight, regulatory support and day-to-day coordination between engineering, construction and procurement divisions for metropolitan water and sewer utility engaged in design and construction of a $6 billion wastewater treatment facilities program.

Chris also served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Electric Power Division, where he managed the Stateís program to regulate utility recovery of fuel and purchased power costs through consumer rates, based on performance of companiesí generating units, directed systematic reviews of nuclear and fossil plant outage management, and developed a system for setting targets for power station availability and thermal performance.

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Allan Kent
ARKent @alum.mit.edu 508-381-0582

BS(physics), MS-EE(systems)
My first inside experience with water processing was as an ‘operator’, the lowly person who collects samples, does simple chemical and physical tests at various points in the water purification process, and adjusts treatment settings under the direction of a ‘senior operator’. This was at a water works which turned Missouri River water into high-quality drinking water at up to 4 MGD (million gallons per day) for the Greater Omaha (Nebraska) community of 400,000 people and for local industry. Missouri River water can test at 100,000 ppm turbidity (10% mud) after an upstream rain storm.

Before that, I watched the local water supply utility clean, line the pipes, and adjust the water pH to 8.0 to prevent future corrosion (in the 1950s) with the same process that was finally used to deal with metropolitan Boston water pipes in the 1990s.

I have also upgraded and maintained a farm drinking water system for over 20 years.

Otherwise, I have designed a human centrifuge system using (among other things) a 2 MWe electromechanical drive system and a system on a chip with an I/O rate of 10 Gb/s per port. Although mostly retired, I have recently taught a 7th grade home schooler chemistry and help 7th and 10th grade public school science teachers. I have considerable experience dealing with customers, clients, and various levels of government.

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Alfredo Kniazzeh
alfredok @alum.mit.edu 781-891-9937
Occupation: scientist, retired

MIT year: 1959

Education: Doctorate

35 yrs product development at Polaroid: Mechanical Eng, Physics, Chem. Eng, Materials, 13 patents. Previously NASA and US Army.

Travels: Oaxaca, Baltic capitals, Turkey, Costa Rica, W Europe, B Virgin Islands, Bogota. Visited Nawlinz. Hobbies: ballroom dancing, Arg. tango, biking, choir singing, cooking.

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Mike Leis
Mleis @alum.mit.edu

I have just retired as a fellow from the hard-drive industry, having worked for Digital, Quantum and Maxtor for about 35 years. I was a project engineer, electronics architect, director, lecturer and coach. I have a background in analog electronics, signal processing, logic, storage architecture, servos and have more than 25 patents.

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Keith MacKay 617.543.5644 fax: 617.695.1935
email: quisp @alum.mit.edu
website: http://www.villagesoft.com
Occupation: Managing Director, Software Company
MIT year: 1997
Education: Bachelors

Originally class of 1990, I took several years off to explore various interests, including: participating in a band, consulting to various corporations and the U.S. Dept. of Energy, traveling in Great Britain, Japan, and throughout the U.S., spending a semester in a political science program at the University of London, writing, etc. When I decided to return and finish my MIT degree, I first circled everything in the Course Catalog that seemed interesting, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences was the best fit...so I wound up graduating with a B.S. in B&CS. While at MIT before my hiatus, I was in a fraternity (served as Steward, Alumni Chair, President), on the gymnastics team, and in the Logarhythms. After my break, I was working fulltime and going to school fulltime.

Much of my professional life has involved exploration of systems problems of one sort or another. I worked in a restaurant in high school, and was always fascinated by how it was necessary for all of the individual components to be functioning for things to run smoothly. During my time off from MIT, I spent time at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in the Earth Sciences department, developing expert systems software to analyze seismic events to help decide if events were earthquakes or underground nuclear tests. I have modeled industries (offshore oil-drilling industry, aluminum smelters) and various financial systems (options models, investment simulations, etc.) for customers including Harvard Business School, Mercer Management Consulting, and many others. My current role as Managing Director of Village Software requires keeping a lot of balls in the air, and organizational systems thinking is a key skill to make this (almost) manageable <g>. I spent last year serving as President of the MIT Club of Boston, which required learning an entirely different set of technical, political, and management skills--and integrating information received from many quarters to develop plans that would best serve the 17,000+ MIT alumni in the Greater Boston area.

These experiences have all contributed to my diverse worldview, which I have found is often as important to problem-solving as specific domain knowledge. I believe that this is especially true when approaching complicated problems that are as-yet unsolved (after all, if domain knowledge alone was enough, current subject-matter experts would have the problem--whatever it is--licked). Instead, complex problems require creative thinking, productive collaboration with many parties (to increase the knowledgebase and idea pool as large as possible), a realistic understanding of the political realities of the situation, and flexibility enough to adapt the solution as new information is received.

I'm looking forward to working with all of you as we explore this important problem.

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Robert Gurnitz
Bob has been a Mentor for 12.000 for the past six years. He also assists Sam Bowring in working with and providing support for the other mentors. Bob is President of the MIT Club of Southwest Florida. Additionally he is on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (Florida). His hobbies include astronomy and sailing.

He is a Chemical Engineer by education (S.B., S.M., Ph.D., MIT). Bob briefly taught at MIT prior to going into the Aerospace Industry. He then spent a year in the President’s Executive Interchange Program in Washington working at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Upon returning to Rockwell International, he subsequently held various positions leading to becoming President of their Passenger Car Components Business. Upon leaving Rockwell, he become President of Bethlehem Steel’s Structural Components Business. His subsequent positions included President of Webcraft Technologies, Chairman and CEO of Northwestern Steel and Wire, and Chairman of Envirosource.

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Stephen Estes-Smargiassi
Director of Planning, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Occupation: planner and engineer
MIT year: 1979 (Civil Engineering)
Education: CEE (MIT), Planning (Harvard)

Stephen Estes-Smargiassi is a planner and an engineer. Throughout his career, he has focused on gathering and managing multi-disciplinary teams to design and communicate complex projects to the public. He has a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. He lives in Boston where the streets donít follow old cowpaths, although they seem to, loves maps, and has two kids who also love maps. And he proudly drinks tap water, at least in Boston.

In his 20 years at the MWRA, the regional wholesale water and wastewater provider for the Boston metro area, he has lead or participated in all MWRA drinking water quality initiatives, including treatment decisions for corrosion, microbial and disinfection byproducts control; and outreach and coordination with local and state health officials. He is active with the AWWA Research Foundation, is a QualServe peer review team leader, and has actively participated in water quality regulatory development activities regionally and nationally.

As part of his responsibilities he managed the MWRA's successful demand management programs, reducing water demand by over 100 mgd; initiated its GIS system; and coordinated protection planning studies for the 400 square mile Quabbin, Ware River and Wachusett reservoir watersheds, as well as about 40 other smaller supply systems in the metropolitan area. His group is currently producing an integrated master plan to prioritize and schedule improvements to the regionís water and sewer systems.

He has overseen MWRA's collaborative efforts to understand and communicate the risks of lead in drinking water since 1993, and has been active in regional and national efforts to review and revise the Lead and Copper Rule.

He developed the briefing materials used by MWRA's Board of Directors to make the treatment technology decision for the metropolitan Boston water system and then participated in the successful defense of that decision in federal court. He is responsible for producing and distributing MWRA's annual water quality report to over 800,000 households, as well as monthly public reports, and using those opportunities to reinforce the bridges built over the past decade to the public health community. He is currently coordinating drinking water quality and public health outcome research to understand and evaluate the recently completed treatment improvements.

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Dr. Jorge Phillips jp@alum.mit.edu

MIT year: 1972

Education: Doctorate

Dr. Phillips holds a B.Sc. degree from MIT in Computer Science as well as two M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University in the areas of computer systems, artificial intelligence and management. A successful entrepreneur for over 20 years in Silicon Valley, the East Coast and overseas, he has had a lifelong interest since his MIT years in complex social and physical systems, appropriate technology, politics and policy making, the environment and social development. Dr. Phillips has held Cabinet level government positions in Colombia and diplomatic positions in Europe, as well as academic appointments in the US, South America and Europe. He is a founding member of the Children's Museum in Bogot·, Colombia and of the International Center of Physics in Colombia, and member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi national honorary societies to which he was inducted as an undergraduate at MIT. He is a patented inventor with registered software patents in the US, Japan and Europe, and lives in the Research Triangle area in North Carolina, where he is currently involved in high tech startups, management consulting, academia and other entrepreneurial efforts.

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Guillermo Vicens
VicensGJ@cdm.com Phone: 617-452-6245
Occupation: Chief Operating Officer, CDM consulting and engineering divisions
CDM website: http://www.cdm.com
MIT year: B.S, 1970, M.S., 1972, PhD, 1974
Education: PhD, P.E.

The work of Mission 2012 fits Dr. Vicens background (water resources planning) as well as the work of his firm (http://www.cdm.com). He has been in management positions at CDM (a consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm delivering exceptional service to public and private clients worldwide) in the last decade.

As a senior vice president, Dr. Vicens is responsible for a broad range of activities at CDM where he provides oversight and direction to professional and technical staff in the drinking water, wastewater, and water resources fields. He has managed water resources teams tasked with developing and applying computer models and database management systems to environmental engineering problems. As a senior vice president and project manager, Dr. Vicens coordinates and supervises studies involving water quality management, physical oceanography, coastal engineering, and water resources. He is also a technical advisor on stochastic and statistical problems, and the use of computer models in environmental studies, particularly in a permitting and regulatory framework.

Previously, Dr. Vincens worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), as the officer-in-charge for the design/construction services for the 405-mgd Walnut Hill Water Treatment Plant. He also managed the research efforts and technical support to the MWRAís efforts to secure a waiver from filtration for this facility. As officer in charge for all of CDMís work for the MWRA over a 10 year period, he was responsible for the design of the rehabilitation of the Weston Aqueduct Main No. 4 (WASM4), as well as the WASM1 and WASM2 pipelines, the development and implementation of a new hydraulic model of the Authorityís transmission system, and the design of a new SCADA system for the wastewater transport facilities and interceptor system. He was also the project manager for the Wachusett Reservoir Treatment Plant environmental impact report (EIR)/conceptual design, which preceded the Walnut Hill WTP design.

He also worked for the South Essex Sewering District (Salem, MA), as the officer-in-charge of the program to upgrade the Districtís facilities to secondary treatment over a ten year period. He also was worked for the Geographic Information System for Norumbega Reservoir as officer-in-charge for the GIS implementation study, development of protection plans for local water supply sources, GIS mapping of water distribution system facilities, and environmental impact statement (EIS) and preliminary design of covered storage for Norumbega Reservoir. His additional experience includes work as He served as task manager for siting studies for the wastewater treatment and disposal facilities plan and EIR for New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Dr. Vicens was formerly an assistant professor in the water resources division of the civil engineering department at MIT. He was also research assistant and co-principal investigator on research efforts into the use of simulation models in water resources problems. While at MIT, he participated in two studies of Boston Harbor and the constraints on development of the islands due to combined sewer overflows water quality problems. He has taught short courses on the use of models for riverine and coastal flood studies.

For over 8 years, Dr. Vicens was a member and served as chairman of the North Andover, Massachusetts Conservation Commission, which monitors and regulates development of wetland areas in the town. He has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who in Engineering by the American Association of Engineering Societies.

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Peter Ralston
Occupation: Project Manager, Environmental Data, Massachusetts Water Resources Department
MIT year: 1992
Education: Bachelor's (Whitman College), Masters in Urban Studies and Planning, (MIT)

I lived in Portland, Oregon while in high school and attended and graduated from Whitman College in the state of Washington, so I'm acquainted with the culture, terrain, and climate out that way. Although it's been now 26 years since I lived there, some things haven't changed very much -- as you note, water has always been a source of concern in the American West, and now population pressures have increased demand for fresh water, so concern is (or should be) greater than in the past.

After graduation from Whitman, I worked at Common Cause, a public interest lobby in Washington, DC, so I'm pretty familiar with advocacy politics. I did computer work, not direct advocacy, while there. Still, the organization was small enough that in a sense everybody participated in lobbying, as the leadership made sure that all staff and volunteers were fully informed of developments on the agenda issues of campaign finance reform, government ethics, and tax reform, among others, as lobbying efforts progressed.

As a Masters student at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, I tried to bring together my interests in computing and environmental planning, something the faculty in different parts of the Department weren't quite ready to support as much as I would have liked. (I think things are better now.) Still, I liked and still like the challenge of bringing together the philosophical, values part of environmental planning with the more technical requirements of computing. I've found that information management provides a very practical link between these two activities, because it usually makes no sense at all to collect†data unless you know what you intend to do with it. So, institutional means and ends are very much tied together in information management.

I did my thesis on water conservation at MIT in hopes of tackling a practical project that might actually do some good for the Institute. I came up with some indexes for water usage by type of space (office space, lab space, residential space) on campus that may or may not have given some useful information to the Facilities staff. Of far greater importance to me, I learned some very basic things from a liberal arts kind of perspective about utilities data for infrastructure that bore fruit a few years after I began work at MWRA.

I've worked at MWRA since I graduated from MIT in 1992. I started in the Environmental Quality Department by providing technical assistance for an Oracle database that holds records about the health of water, sediments, and fish in Boston Harbor, harbor tributaries, and Massachusetts Bay. Some of my time was given to bureaucratic politics in order to get scientists in the department adequate computers and software so that they could do a better job of evaluating the data that they collected. Computing infrastructure at the Authority was†kind of primitive at that time. Eventually, my job included some work in summary internal reporting on water quality in the harbor. After six years, I moved into a position in Waterworks Operations, where I did more work on reporting, this time internally and externally, concerning drinking water quality. This position kind of bridged operational work with policy work on the fresh water side of the organization. After four years of that, I moved back to the Environmental Quality Department, where I've spent more time doing database programming than reporting, although recently I've been involved in some planning efforts led by the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership that concern data management for information about Massachusetts open waters. This work has required me to read some of the literature about sustainability,†adaptive management, and ecosystem-based management -- chiefly some articles by C. S. Holling and Carl Walters, although I am now turning to some books by Holling, as well as Peter Rogers' introductory text on sustainable development.

I guess that throughout I've been concerned to try to make data about water quality as accessible and comprehensible as possible, true to my Common Cause training about openness in democratic government. I also try to make things simple. Sometimes I even get that right.

My latest venture has been to return to school part-time while remaining at MWRA as a part-time employee. I'm attending BU's School of Theology in order to learn more about -- and, I hope, develop -- some thoughts concerning ecological ethics in the context of the relationship(s) between religion and science. So far, this has involved taking†one course on social ethics and another specifically on ecological ethics. In the social ethics class, I worked with two other students to prepare a presentation on water rights -- not legal water rights only, but also water as a human right. We concluded that access to water was a human right, and that water was not primarily to be considered a commodity, but recognized in a general way that sometimes delivery of water by regulated private businesses may be more efficient and effective than supply by government organizations. Since then, I've worked to gain more background in theology as against ethics, this time with an interest in learning about Christian theological attitudes toward the natural world as grounding for ecological ethics. (I was pleasantly surprised, and sometimes astonished, to learn that theological resources in this area are much more rich than I expected, so I have good prospects over time for developing some useful intellectual work that will back up my planning practice.)

The (maybe too ambitious) goal is to bring three things together -- theological ethics concerning the environment, urban environmental planning, and efficient management of water quality data -- in order to do a sound job as a city planning professional. I have a lot still to learn and to do if these things are going to pay off in practical ways in my capacity at MWRA.

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Kenneth Stewart
Occupation: Chief Scientist, South Florida Water Management District
MIT year: 1988 (Ocean Engineering)

Dr. Kenneth Stewart works for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD, or District) where his primary activities are in the architecture and systems engineering of a distributed instrumentation, communications, and control infrastructure for monitoring and moving [fresh] water. This covers about 18,000 square miles and comprises: more than 1,000 remote data-acquisition and control computers, more than 15,000 sensors and actuators, and multiple supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems at central and distributed locations. He says that his current focus and expertise are on the engineering and technical side, but that heís driven by mission objectives. For the District these are: water supply, flood control, water quality, and restoration of natural systems. (These often compete, as well as their ìstakeholders,î which helps to explain why the District has about 50 staff attorneys to handle litigation.)

My MIT degree and earlier background are in Oceanographic Engineering; I was at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before coming to the SFWMD.

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Johnny Yang
jtyang @sloan.mit.edu 781-810-2100

Class of 2004, SB, Course 15

Johnny was one of the first guinea pigs to participate in 12.000: Solving Complex Problems. As a student in Mission 2004 (Mars), he was a member of the "Mission Control" team, and later took part in writing and editing the mission's final paper. Because he loved 12.000 so much, he joined the staff for the class, serving as a Undergraduate Teaching Fellow (UTF) for Mission 2005 (Ocean) and Mission 2006 (Amazon). Due to class conflicts, Johnny was not able to return as a UTF for Mission 2007 (Alaska); however, the powers that be snuck him in as an alumni mentor.
After graduating with a Course 15 degree in 2004, Johnny has returned to be a mentor for Mission 2009 (Tsunami), Mission 2010 (Ocean), and now returns again as an alumni mentor for Mission 2011 (Oceans). He currently works for an early-stage software company in Waltham, MA.

Personally, Johnny enjoys traveling (to the extent his pocketbook allows), reading (anything and everything under the sun), and "wining and dining." He looks forward to working with his team and the entire class as a whole.

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Jeff Walker
Occupation: Water Resources Engineer, CDM
MIT year: 2007 (Civil Engineering)

I am currently a resources engineer at CDM near Kendall Square (Cambridge). My background is in water quality and water resources systems modeling. I'm currently working on watershed management projects and river water quality around New England, water systems operations in south Florida, water quality modeling of a lake in Egypt, and many other areas that might be of interest to this year's project in Mission.

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John Stenard
BS, Course II, 1980;MS, Course XIII - 1988

I had the honor of serving our country for twenty-one years as a US Naval Officer, and during that time developed, repaired, and upgraded a plethora of shipboard machinery systems, including desalination plants based upon steam distillation, solar distillation, reverse osmosis, and flash/recompression. It is sometimes overlooked that in the middle of the ocean, there is even less fresh water available than in the middle of the desert.

While the sea can be purified into clean, potable water, presently, it takes a lot of energy to do so, and the price of energy is ever increasing. Finding low-cost, environmentally-friendly, politically-acceptable approaches to manage, use, purify, and reclaim fresh water will be critical to mankind’s future. Otherwise, we may find ourselves having to trade one critical resource (energy) for an absolutely essential resource (fresh water).

This will be my first year as a mentor in Mission 12.000, and I look forward to it greatly. I am impressed by its boldness of vision and scope. If we can succeed in developing workable approaches that work in the beautiful yet unforgivingly arid Great Southwest, it is likely that we can export those concepts to any place in the world.

On a personal note to the students – go out for a sport! Especially while you are Freshmen on Pass/NR, explore that aspect of life at MIT. Let’s face it – no one comes to MIT to play sports - we all came here to get top-notch technical educations. Each of us is highly intelligent, and has studied hard our whole lives, and has achieved top grades and top test scores. But you will find that as tough as it was to get admitted to MIT, getting through MIT is even harder. There are literally people who regularly tool 120hrs/wk, and while we all have to tool like that sometimes, if you get your life organized, you should be able to get good grades and a bachelor’s degree in four years by tooling on the order of 60hrs/wk. This leaves enough time to do a varsity sport, and it is worth doing so. At our 25th reunion three years ago, almost all of us had played some sport, and we agreed that while it made life harder in some ways, it also made it much more enjoyable and enriching.

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