For the last 25 years, Annie has been helping utilities create Rehabilitation & Replacement plans for water & wastewater buried linear assets, first as a researcher at New York University, NY, NY; then through infraPLAN, a firm she created in 2008 that stemmed from her research experience. At NYU she was the principal investigator for research projects funded by the NSF and the USEPA involving EU-funded CARE-W and CARE-S. Those allowed her to play a pioneering role in the industry and introduce advanced analytical approaches. She is a frequent speaker and participant at national conferences, workshops, and forums, and the author of numerous technical papers. She is a member of the Advisory sub-committee of AWWA's Asset Management Committee where she concentrates on innovation and data-based approaches. Annie holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics, a graduate degree in structural engineering from ESTP, Paris, France, a MPH with a concentration in environmental sciences from Columbia University, NY, NY, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from New York University, NY, NY.
Luis has been supervising the development of infraSOFT for the last 3 1/2 years and now serves as infraPLAN's Chief Technology Officer. With experience both as a scientist and an industrial software developer, Luís has the capacity to address real-world problems with creativity and effectiveness. Luis holds a Ph.D. (cum Laude) in Informatics Engineering from the University of Porto (Faculty of Engineering), Portugal.
João has been in charge of the development of the Machine Learning module of infraSOFT. He is an accomplished researcher and prototype developer with a special talent for breaking down large problems into solvable pieces. João holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Porto (Faculty of Sciences), Portugal.
With more than 35 years of experience in the municipal industry, is internationally recognized as an expert for water infrastructure on condition assessment, rehabilitation and corrosion control. He recently retired from HDR Engineering as a practice leader. In July 2019, he joined the Structural Technologies’ team as vice president of Technical Services for Pipeline Solutions. In his role, Graham will assist water and wastewater agencies and consultants with expanding the value of their asset management programs for medium and large diameter pipelines. He will also continue his work on infrastructure research for the University of Tennessee as an associate professor. Graham is a registered professional engineer in nine states as well as an active member of various industry associations including ASCE UESI Board, AWWA, and NACE. In addition to being a frequent speaker at industry events, he has over 75 published works, including more than 10 Water Research Foundation studies related to corrosion, condition assessment, instrumentation and water quality where he has been the principal investigator and primary researcher. Graham received the 2019 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award at the UESI Pipelines 2019 Conference.
Kevin is an environmental engineer specializing in infrastructure asset management with an extensive background in utilities planning. He spent 7 years in public service as the Asset Management Program Director for the Columbus Department of Public Utilities, which includes the core businesses of water supply, treatment, and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment; stormwater collection; power distribution; and street lighting. He is now the Utility Planning Leader for Burgess & Niple, helping clients across the United States with the complexities of managing utilities infrastructure systems, supporting utilities advance their asset management programs and assisting with the development of asset management plans, tackling policy and planning issues, master planning, capital plan prioritization, rehabilitation and replacement program development, and business support systems. Kevin holds a BS and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. He currently serves as the Chair of AWWA Asset Management Committee.
With close to 30 years of experience in the digital water management industry and 12 years of experience in pipeline-network modeling software development, Sasa provides a unique blend of practical, theoretical, and software development skills perfected as a designer of market-leading software applications, an advisor on the world’s most challenging utility planning projects, and as an international authority on digital-water computational science. He has been the product manager of Innovyze’s InfoWorks and InfoNet water distribution solutions, and the lead developer of Bentley GEMS platform, for which he is the primary US patent author. His work is published in dozens of journals and he delivered over 100 presentations. Sasa is an active member of AWWA and WEF modeling committees, where he served as a vice-chair in charge of modeling workshops and calibration subcommittee chair. For this, he was recognized by the 2020 AWWA Vernon Lucy Award. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for WCS Engineering, providing strategic advice regarding technology, services, and business growth in the digital water industry.
Dr. Tomić received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and computer science, and a doctorate in stochastic hydrology from the University of Alabama, where he is a Distinguished Engineering Fellow (2006).
Marc Bracken is currently the CEO of Mobiltex, a company that, since 1985, has been engineering innovative field and remote CP monitoring solutions for a broad range of markets including the oil & gas, power generation, mining, critical infrastructure, and municipal water & utilities. He brings over 30 years of experience in the development and commercialization of advanced industrial solutions for asset management. Over the course of his career, Marc has successfully built several high growth companies including Echologics, which is a global leader in pipeline condition assessment and internet of things (IoT) monitoring solutions for water loss.
Echologics was acquired by Mueller Water Products in 2010; Marc remained GM for 8 years that saw significant growth of the business. He was responsible for all aspects of the business including strategic direction, marketing, sales and R&D.
Prior to the Echologics, starting in 1992, Marc was a Partner with Aercoustics where he was involved in a variety of acoustics- and vibration-related activities relating to power generation, floor vibration, and ground borne vibration. Marc completed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree with a specialization in Acoustics and Vibration from the University of Toronto.
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