Section 4 : General Session & Technology Introductions: Markets, Opportunities, Investment Scenarios II

David Maidment

University of Texas Center for Research in Water Resources

David R. Maidment is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he has been on the faculty since 1981.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering with First Class Honors from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and his MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, he was a research scientist at the Ministry of Works and Development in New Zealand, and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria, and he was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.


Dr. Maidment is a specialist in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems to hydrology. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering "For development of geographic information systems applied to hydrologic processes".


In 2015, he received the J. Mike Howard Lectureship of the Texas Floodplain Management Association. In 2014, he was recognized as Geospatial Scientist of the Year, by Geospatial Media "For contribution to geospatial science as a specialist in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems to hydrology". In 2012, he received the Ray K. Linsley Award from the American Institute of Hydrology "In recognition of his contributions in the field of Surface Water Hydrology". In 2011 he received the Ven Te Chow Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers "For notable contributions in water resources engineering, hydrology and hydraulic engineering, outstanding service to the profession through application of GIS in surface water and groundwater hydrology, authoring books and research papers in water resources engineering, and mentoring of young engineers." In 2011 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "For significant and lasting impact on teaching, research and practice in the fields of hydrology and water resource engineering, including the pioneering of geographical information systems applications in hydrology and technologies that have been adopted by national and international institutions". In 2010 he received the AWRA Award for Water Resources Data and Information Systems, "In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the application of Geographic Information Systems to water resources engineering and sciences." This award was also permanently renamed the David R. Maidment Award for Water Resources Data and Information Systems, "In honor of his many contributions to the field and his furtherance of the mission of the American Water Resources Association."

Ed Rightor

Dow Water

Ed is currently the Director of Strategic Projects in Dow Chemical’s Environmental Technology Center.  In this role he works with Dow businesses and Corporate programs, to reduce emissions, waste, freshwater intake, and energy use.  He serves as the facilitator of Dow’s Corporate Water Strategy Team (CWST). 


He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Marietta College. 

Kenneth Cook

WaterCentric, LLC

Kenneth W. Cook founded Acequia in 2001 with the simple intent of saving the enormous quantities of water wasted in commercial landscapes. A visionary who spent a decade developing a comprehensive irrigation management software and performance based water management service he has brought the company to the forefront of water management where it earned numerous awards and recognition including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Water Efficiency Leader in 2008 and two-time Aggie 100 List. In October 2011 Acequia was acquired by San Francisco based Banyan Water. Now leading WaterCentric continuing to expanded water conservation strategies and methodologies, documenting water savings in commercial property landscapes now surpassing 5 billion gallons. As one of eleven American Delegates to the recent Australian Water Issues and Capability Study Tour, Kenneth returned from the tour with a newfound perspective on the long term impacts of drought and climate shift, and a renewed commitment for filling the missing link between landscape water management and preserving our living landscapes.

Today, through the implementation of comprehensive water management and alternative compliance programs, he is actively working with local, state and federal authorities to create Public Private Partnerships focused on creating sustainable impacts on water and energy reduction in urban water conservation efforts. Kenneth continues to foster his pledge to water conservation as a cluster member with other delegates from the Australian study tour centered on intellectual property in water management between Australia and the United States.


Today, Kenneth serves as Board Member North Texas Commission, Board Chair of Trinity Waters, Director of Friends of Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Irrigation Association Legislative Committee, Advisory Board to Texas AgriLife Urban Solutions Center (Texas A&M University System) and is active in Rotary International.


Kenneth Cook holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Economics (Finance) from Texas A&M University and resides with his wife Cynthia in Athens, Texas where they raise pecans, hay and blueberries.

Trevor Hill


Trevor Hill, is Chairman & CEO of FATHOM:

Mr. Hill has over 25 years’ experience in building and leading water companies, including four successful startups, and has significant experience in both public and private markets having raised $75M through an IPO and over $500M for private ventures.  Mr. Hill co-founded Global Water Resources, an investor-owned utility in the water scarce southwest that through his leadership, and direction built FATHOM, a suite of software products that provides state of the art back office services to municipal water utilities.  With his continued vision, FATHOM is now an independent software company that just recently secured Round B funding with Silver Lake Kraftwerk to further enhance and expand the platform.

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