Director

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Edith Zagona

Director • Research Professor • Hydrology, Water Resources and Environmental Fluid Mechanics • Civil Systems
Dr. Zagona leads a multi-disciplinary team at CADSWES in the research and development of RiverWare and other decision support tools...

Affiliated Faculty

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Rajagopalan Balaji

Department Chair, • Professor • Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Dr. Balaji, a Professor of Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics Interests in: Stochastic Hydrology and Hydroclimatology Nonparametric functional estimation techniques (probability density)...
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Joseph Kasprzyk

Assistant Professor • Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics • Civil Systems
Dr. Kasprzyk leads group research that addresses how to generate new plans for engineering systems, evaluate their performance, visualize trade-offs between multiple objectives, and negotiate robust alternatives...

Professional Research Staff

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Robynn Balduf

Software Engineer
Robynn Balduf joined CADSWES as a software engineer in 2017. She received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, NY in 1990...
Mitch Clement

Mitch Clement

Water Resources Engineer
Mitch Clement holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado...
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Jessica Lee

Software Configuration Management
Jessica provides software build and release support for the RiverWare development team. She builds, configures, and maintains the release tools used for creating RiverWare installers, and the licensing tools used for license management...
Patrick Lynn

Patrick Lynn

Software Engineer
Patrick Lynn did his undergraduate studies at Rice University (B.S. in Computer Science and Math Sciences, 1987) and his graduate work at the University of Colorado...
Tim Magee

Tim Magee

Operations Research Analyst
Tim Magee has over 30 years of experience in optimization, including reservoir optimization at CADSWES since 1993. His expertise is in the theory and application of linear programming, integer programming, goal programming, and stochastic programming...
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David Neumann

Water Resources Engineer
David Neumann earned a B.S./M.S. in Civil Engineering from CU-Boulder in 2002. In his research, he developed “An operations model for temperature management of the Truckee River above Reno, Nevada.” After a brief time in the consulting world...
Bill Oakley

Bill Oakley

Software Engineer
Jim Pasquotto

Jim Pasquotto

PC Systems Administrator
Jim Pasquotto started work at the center in 2005; he functions as the main resource for Windows hardware, software, and peripherals support...
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Nancy Stevens

Technical Writer
Nancy Stevens joined CADSWES as a technical writer in May, 2018. She is a CU Boulder graduate, with a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining CADSWES, Nancy was a technical writer for Oracle, Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, and a few technology startup companies in Boulder and Silicon Valley. She has developed user guides, administration guides, and help systems for a variety of complex software solutions, most recently as lead writer for...

Administrative Staff

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Kathryn Baack

Financial Coordinator
Kathryn Baack is the Financial Coordinator for CADSWES. Her roles include payroll liaison, human resources liaison, accountant, and research funds administrator. Kathryn earned an MBA from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994...
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Gwendolyn Miller

Technology Transfer Coordinator
Gwen Miller is a general professional at CADSWES, with her primary focus on Technology Transfer activities regarding the RiverWare DSS tool developed there and licensed through the...

Graduate Students

Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker

Engineering Student Trainee • Ph.D Candidate
Sarah began at CADSWES as a student research assistant while working on her M.S. here at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently working on her Ph.D. ...
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Mitchell Frischmeyer

Graduate Research Assistant
Mitchell is a pursuing his M.S. in the Civil Systems program at the University of Colorado Boulder while serving as a Graduate Research Assistant at CADSWES. He comes to CU Boulder after receiving his BS in Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mitchell is working on developing a RiverWare operations model and summary report tool for the Klamath River Basin in collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath...
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Sumi Thapa

Graduate Research Assistant
Sumi is working as a graduate research assistant at CADSWES while pursuing her MS degree in the Hydrology, Water Resources, and Envirionmental Fluid Mechanis Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering (with specialization in hydropower) from Kathmandu University, Nepal in 2015. Her current research focuses on quantification of reservoir system flexibility.

Visiting Professionals

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Elliot Alexander

Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
Elliot Alexander is a Hydraulic Engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region. He earned his MS in Civil Engineering at CU Boulder in the Hydrology, Water Resources, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics...
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Alan Butler

Hydrologic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
Alan Butler is a Hydrologic Engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region, and is currently on assignment at CADSWES. Alan was part of the Colorado River Basin Study technical team where he led the RiverWare modeling efforts for the Study. He is currently tasked with development and enhancements of various Reclamation RiverWare models. Alan is a former graduate student at CADSWES where he graduated with a BS and...
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Conor Felletter

Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
Conor Felletter is a Hydraulic Engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region, and is currently on assignment at CADSWES. Conor is a former graduate student at CU Boulder where he graduated with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering. His present work activities include research and development of mid-term operational and long-term planning models for the Colorado River, hydrologic and salinity analysis, and maintaining datasets of histroical and...
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Carly Jerla

Operations Research Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation
Carly is an Operations Research Analyst for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region in the Boulder Canyon Operations Office. She is currently stationed at CADSWES. Carly obtained BS Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. She also earned her MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in 2005. Carly leads the Region’s research and development of modeling...
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Jessica Khaya

Hydrologic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
She is stationed at CADSWES as part of the Lower Colorado planning and modeling team. Jessie joined Reclamation as a SCEP student while completing her masters at the Colorado School of Mines 2017 in water resource engineering and was hired full time as a
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James Prairie

Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
Dr. James Prairie is a Hydrologic Engineer working for the Bureau of Reclamation since 2000 and is currently stationed at CADSWES. He has extensive experience directing and coordinating research, development, and modeling projects. Dr. Prairie leads applied research in mid-term operations and long-term water resource planning, climate variability, and decision support under uncertainty. He directs river basin modeling technical teams; and oversees the consumptive use, natural flow and natural salinity...
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Rebecca Smith

Hydrologic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
Rebecca graduated from CU Boulder in 2017 with her PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Resources concentration). She began performing research at CADSWES in 2013 and specialized in Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm (MOEA)-assisted optimization for planning and operations of complex water resources systems. She began working full time for the Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation in January 2018 where she focuses on developing and communicating the Bureau’s research activities...