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Lawrence Technological University
I am a Professor of Civil Engineering where I teach courses on ethics/professionalism and water resources. I am an accredited green design professional (LEED AP) and practicing professional engineer (PE) whose expertise includes Low Impact Development (LID), innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs), sustainability, hydrologic and stormwater modeling and design, and field data collection for performance monitoring. My University appointments include serving as University Director of Assessment from 2009 to 2012 after serving as founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, the Kern Family Foundation named me a Kern Fellow for Entrepreneurial Education recognizing “his efforts to bring innovative team based problem solving into the engineering curriculum to promote the entrepreneurial mindset.” In 2014, they selected me as the national Most Outstanding Faculty member.
As founding Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, I conduct research on stormwater BMPs and advise communities on how to implement innovative stormwater management practices. I routinely provide lectures and short courses on innovative stormwater management and LID implementation. Recent venues for my presentations include the National LID Conference, World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, International Association of Hydraulic Research, Florida Stormwater Association, Michigan Water Environment Association, Michigan Green Industry Association, Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, and American Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2013, I was elected to serve as a Governor for Cranbrook Institute of Science and a Director for the non-profit organization Pure Oakland Water. Finally, I am aan active committee leader for the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute and a member of the SEMCOG Clean Water Partners, MDEQ Green Infrastructure Committee, and Rouge River Advisory Council.