(as of May 13, 2014)

Monday, May 19, 2014

7:00 AM

Registration Opens

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast


8:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ken Arnold, P.E.; TAMEST Vice President, WorleyParsons

Danny D. Reible, Ph.D.; Program Chair, Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, Texas Tech University


Water Availability

8:05 AM

Future Water Availability

Bradfield Lyon, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute at Columbia University

John Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D.; Regents Professor and Texas State Climatologist, Texas A&M University

8:35 AM

Potential for Texas Water Plan to Address Future Water Needs

Carlos Rubinstein; Chairman, Texas Water Development Board

Elizabeth Fazio, J.D., LL.M.; Committee Director, Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives

9:15 AM

Panel - Economics of Water

Moderator – Danny D. Reible, Ph.D.

  • Ari M. Michelsen, Ph.D.; Regents Fellow, Professor and Center Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, The Texas A&M University System
  • Sheila M. Olmstead, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keith R. Phillips, Ph.D.; Senior Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
10:15 AM



Agricultural Water Use

10:30 AM

Agricultural Water Requirements and Conservation Technologies

Jay Bragg; Associate Director, Commodity and Regulatory Activities, Texas Farm Bureau

11:00 AM

Regional Opportunities and Challenges

  • Rio Grande Valley -Wayne Halbert; General Manager, Harlingen Irrigation District
  • High Plains - Charles West, Ph.D.; Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant and Soil Science, Interim Director CASNR Water Center, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, Texas Tech University
  • Advanced Irrigation Technologies – Stephan Maas, Ph.D.; Professor of Agricultural Microclimatology with a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas Tech University
12:00 - 1:00 PM



1:00 PM

Water for Ecological Needs

Laura Huffman; Texas State Director, The Nature Conservancy


Industrial Water Needs and Opportunities

1:30 PM

Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Opportunities

H.W. (Bill) Hoffman, P.E.; Senior Technical Adviser, Water Management, Inc.

1:50 PM

Panel – Sector Based Use and Conservation

Moderator – Danny D. Reible, Ph.D.

  • Jean-Philippe Nicot, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Todd Langford; Senior Sales Professional, GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies
  • Carey King, Ph.D.; Assistant Director, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Tim Finley; Global Water Technology Leader, The Dow Chemical Company
2:30 PM

Panel Open Discussion

3:00 PM



Opportunities for New Industrial Waters

3:15 PM

Brackish/Salt Water Resources

John Meyer, P.G.; Geologist, Texas Water Development Board

3:35 PM

Upgrading Technologies

Benny D. Freeman, Ph.D.; Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

3:55 PM

Industrial Water Reuse

Bob Holt; Corporate Account Executive, GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies

4:15 PM

Open Discussion – Where Do We Go from Here?

Moderator – Danny D. Reible, Ph.D.

  • How do we move the technologies into the economic sectors?
  • Audience discussion and paths forward
5:00 PM

Networking Reception

7:00 PM

Water Summit Concludes