• People

    Director and Founder

    Brent Haddad, MBA, Ph.D.

    He has over 20 years of experience in the field of water and wastewater. In addition to leading the Center, he is Associate Dean of Engineering for Technology Management and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, teaching courses on environmental policy and economics and fresh water policy. Professor Haddad holds an M.B.A. in Business & Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources. Professor Haddad's research focuses on fresh water policy and management, including urban water management strategies, utility-stakeholder communications, and long-range planning. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a $2.6 million two-year research project focusing on how municipalities can evaluate desalination as a new water supply option.

    Curriculum Vitae | File: PDF 24 KB

    Professor Haddad teaches courses each year at UC Santa Cruz. He developed UCSC's first on-line course, called Introduction to Fresh Water: Policy and Processes, which is intended for national and international audiences. This 2007 syllabus for his fresh water policy course shows the breadth of topics he lectures on and his emphasis on bringing guest lecturers to campus. High profile experts in the field of water and natural resources management and policy have come to campus for his courses. His course on environmental policy and economics grew to have the largest enrollment of any course at UCSC, attracting hundreds of students and others who wanted to attend the lectures.

  • Fellows

    Fellows Program

    We have established a Fellows Program that includes national and internationally respected scholars with whom we closely collaborate. The goals of our Fellows program are to generate additional research opportunities for CIWR staff, subject CIWR research to peer review, keep abreast of changing trends and needs in the water sector, and bring awareness of CIWR and its activities to a wider audience. One of our Fellows, Bahman Sheikh, Ph.D., PE, has been awarded “Distinguished Fellow” status due to his international reputation in the field of improvement of impaired waters. Many of our Fellows have scientific and technical backgrounds, but all demonstrated interest in water policy, economics, and communications.

    Distinguished Fellow

    Bahman Sheikh, Ph.D., P.E.
    Dr. Sheikh earned his Masters in Irrigation and his Ph.D. in Soil Physics from the University of California Davis and is currently in private consulting. He possesses over 25 years of international experience in research, planning, and design of water resources and sanitation projects, specializing in water conservation, reclamation, reuse, and recycling. His career began in academia, followed by consulting assignments involving technical investigations, planning, design, and project management, department management, and direction of the work of numerous project managers, including service in the public sector with analysis, planning and implementation of public policy programs.

    Professor Brent Haddad remembers Bahman Sheikh here


    Mark Buckley, Ph.D.
    Dr. Buckley earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from UCSC and is currently employed with ECONorthwest as a Senior Economist. He is an outstanding water economist whose innovative approaches to microeconomics and natural resources policy have distinguished him in academic and applied circles.

    James Crook, Ph.D., P.E.
    Dr. Crook is an independent consultant on water and environmental issues. He is an environmental engineer with more than 30 years of experience in state government and consulting engineering arenas, serving public and private sectors in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Crook directed the California Department of Health Services' water reuse program for fifteen years and developed California's first comprehensive water reuse criteria. He is a prolific author and was principal author of Guidelines for Water Reuse, published by the EPA and USAID. Dr. Crook received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

    Jean-François Debroux, Ph.D.
    Dr. Debroux earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and currently works as a Senior Associate Scientist/Engineer for Kennedy/Jenks Consulting. He is a water quality research scientist and design engineer. His work gives a leading edge of understanding technology and practice of water treatment and reuse.

    Jim Heitzman, MPA
    Mr. Heitzman received his Masters in Public Administration from Golden State University and currently serves as the General Manager of the Marina Coast Water District. His expertise and experience are focused on the chemical and biologic processes associated with efficient water treatment plants.

    John Laird
    John Laird is Resources Secretary for the State of California. As Assemblymember, he represented the 27th State Assembly District in California. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Laird served two terms on the Santa Cruz City Council, two terms as Mayor, and eight years as a Cabrillo College Trustee. In 2003, he was appointed to chair the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. Mr. Laird also serves as chair of the Special Committee on State Mandates and chair of the Select Committee on California Water Needs and Climate Change. In 2004, Mr. Laird was appointed by the Assembly Speaker to the Budget Committee, Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Assemblyman Laird is a graduate of UCSC's Adlai Stevenson College.

    G. Wade Miller
    Mr. Miller earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and completed his MBA coursework at American University and Virginia Tech. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the WateReuse Association and Foundation. He continues to play an international leadership role in water reuse and desalination policy. He is a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Water Research Coalition.

    Robin L. Newmark, Ph.D.
    Dr. Newmark holds advanced degrees in Geo physics and Marine Geophysics from UCSC and Columbia University. She has led programs addressing climate impacts on water resources, the development of groundwater management methodologies and advanced water treatment technologies. As Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, she addresses a wide range of issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems, including the water implications of advanced energy choices.

    Shane Snyder, Ph.D.
    Dr. Snyder earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology and Zoology. He is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona. He previously held the position of Director of Research and Development with the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Dr. Snyder has developed measurement and evaluation methods for contemporary constituents in water supplies: personal care products and the class of chemicals known as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs). He has designed and developed an environmental toxicology research laboratory at the Southern Nevada Water Authority.