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Learn to Launch: A Guide to Starting New Projects

My new book, Learn to Launch, is now for sale. The product of years of experience across hundreds of projects, Learn to Launch introduces the three launch engines so critical to successful beginnings: a vision, a team, and a plan. Available now on Lulu and soon on Amazon.

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Survey of Energy Requirements for Public Water Supply in the United States

National studies on drinking water systems’ energy requirements are sparse, and only limited empirical data have been available. This study adds considerable spatial and temporal detail to better characterize the requirements in the continental United States. Annual water use and energy use observations were collected from a panel of 109 water systems.

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Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Insights using open data

Since 2000, a prolonged drought in the Colorado River Basin has impacted regional water supply, hydropower, recreation, and ecosystems. This application by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation uses open data to explore the 16-year drought and its effects.

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The United States, in Legos

My tactile geographic puzzle measures approximately 27.0 inches by 13.5 inches and contains some 1,000 bricks in 2 primary layers. It depicts 50 states in 6 colors.

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The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

Matt Might's down-to-earth description of what a Ph.D. really means.

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How Salt Lake City’s water use varies in time and space

Now that more than half of Earth’s residents live in cities, understanding the timing, location and magnitude of water uses at sub-city scales is becoming more important for managing water resources and planning the associated infrastructure.

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How Asymmetric Encryption Works

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Water & Energy Infographic

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How to Pick Your First Programming Language

If you haven’t picked your first programming language, the programming world is your oyster.

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It Touches Every Life: A conversation with Aqua America CEO Nick DeBenedictis

After a long and multifaceted career that has combined government, business, and water, Nicholas DeBenedictis is retiring. Well, sort of....

How Innovative Are You?

How Innovative Are You?

Take a 24-question quiz to determine your organization's innovation score—and really get you thinking.

Rethinking Stream Crossings—Four Examples from New England

Rethinking Stream Crossings—Four Examples from New England

Culverts have been installed at countless stream crossings in the United States as the country’s transportation networks have expanded. Unfortunately,...

Five Years Later: Flow Measurement during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Five Years Later: Flow Measurement during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, BP’s oil rig Deepwater Horizon was drilling a test well in the Gulf of Mexico when a fatal explosion occurred....

Handling Your First Multi-year Project

Handling Your First Multi-year Project

Before becoming a full-time consulting engineer, I had never encountered a project that took more than a few months. Besides my master’s thesis, all my previous educational and professional work had involved narrow scopes, short timeframes, well-defined processes, few alternatives, and more or less predictable outcomes.

A Christmas Gift

A Christmas Gift

Christie Sowby, piano Rob Sowby, percussion Traditional carol arr. Jarrod Radnich Recorded December 2014 in Cottonwood Heights, Utah #ShareTheGift

A Note on College and Careers

A Note on College and Careers

Since graduating, I have learned that some of my fundamental conceptions about college were flawed. First, I thought college was...

Imagine Dragons Piano Cover

Imagine Dragons Piano Cover

Dedicated to all cancer survivors (like Christie). Never give up. “It’s Time” and “Demons” by Imagine Dragons Piano cover arranged and...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Proverbs

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Proverbs

What began as a weekend hobby is now a bona fide collection of translated poetry. My new book, Johann Wolfgang von...

Concerto for Static and .060″ Polycarbonate Sheet

Concerto for Static and .060″ Polycarbonate Sheet

World premier of Concerto for Static and .060″ Polycarbonate Sheet, op. 1 no. 1. Performed by composer/percussionist Robert B. Sowby...

The Urban Water Cycle: Sustaining Our Modern Cities

The Urban Water Cycle: Sustaining Our Modern Cities

Most of us understand the basics of the hydrologic cycle—condensation, precipitation, transportation, and evaporation. These processes operate on global scales and...