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395388 - ECSTATIC to integrate formal education and practice in water resources systems analysis

Monday, June 4
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Skyway Room
Co-Authors: Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Corallis, OR – Oregon State University; Elizabeth Root, Corvalis, OR – Oregon State University; Jon Herman, Davis, CA – University of California, Davis; Ali Mirchi, El Paso, TX – University of Texas, El Paso; Marcio Giacomoni, San Antonio, TX – University of Texas at San Antonio; Joseph Kasprzyk, Boulder, CO – University of Colorado Boulder; Kaveh Madani, London, UK – Imperial College London; David Ford, Sacramento, CA – David Ford Consulting Engineers; Leon Basdekas, Denver, CO – Black and Veatch

We share ongoing efforts of the Excellence in Systems Analysis Teaching and Innovative Communication (ECSTATIC) task committee to review water resources syllabi, interview practitioners, and launch a repository of excellent teaching materials. We compared the responses of 10 practitioners to content listed in 40 course syllabi and found that water resources systems courses appear to effectively introduce multiple systems analysis methods, use computer programming/modeling in applied individual or group projects, and integrate some broader water resources topics like climate, decision making, economics, and policy. Discussions of barriers to use water resources systems analysis techniques, inclusion of stakeholders and decision makers in student projects, and communication to non-technical audiences are largely absent from the course syllabi we reviewed. Practitioners highlighted three communication themes -- impact of stakeholders in the communication process, role of the engineer in decision-making processes, and communication as a means to educate stakeholders. We share a new online repository (http://ecstatic.usu.edu) of games, interviews, lecture materials, syllabi, videos, and other materials to help promote and disseminate effective water resources systems analysis teaching and communication. We invite audience members to contribute materials to the ECSTATIC repository.

David Ezechiel. Rosenberg

Utah State University

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