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Paul H. Kirshen
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Division of Water Resources, 1975 (Thesis – "Spatial and Temporal
Aggregation Issues in a Water Supply Planning Model for West
Africa", advisors David Marks and David Major).
ExperienceNovember 2011 - Present
Research Professor, Environmental Research Group of Department of Civil Engineering, and Earth Systems Research Center of Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. Research on climate change adaptation and also water resources management.
June 2009 - Present
Visiting Scientist, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Advisor, Graduate Program in Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) Program, Tufts University.
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Earth and Ocean Sciences Department, University of Massachusetts-Boston
June 2009 - November 2011
Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). Consulting and research on climate change adaptation and also water resources management.
2002 - May 2009
Tufts University, Medford, MA. Director and Co-founder of the Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. Co-Director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE, the coordinating organization for environmental research and education at Tufts University). Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Affiliated Faculty, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and Adjunct Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Conducting research in developed and developing countries on integrated water resources management, climate change impacts and adaptation, water resources operations, decision support systems, public health, coastal watersheds, and urban water systems. Teaching of water resources engineering and integrated water resources management.
UCOWR Visiting Scholar Program Fellow to support the US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources in Integrated Water Resources Management (2007-2009).
Tufts University, Medford, MA. Research Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the International Environment and Resource Policy Program of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Co-Founder and Director of Tufts Water, Sustainability, Health, and Ecological Diversity (WaterSHED) Center. Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member of Mystic Watershed Collaborative.
Stockholm Environment Institute-Boston/Tellus Institute. As Water Program Manager, responsible for coordinating all water projects, and managing and developing water research and consulting program. Provided expertise in global climate change and water resources, watershed/river basin planning and analysis, water quality assessment, decision support systems, water resources engineering, policy analysis, hydropower systems, hydrology, optimization and simulation modeling, and global water issues.
Private Consultant. Provided consulting services and management of other consultants and projects. Projects included decision support systems for reservoir operations, application of computer tools to manage sewer systems and restoration of Boston Harbor, impacts of global climate change on water resources, and environmental site assessment. Much of the reservoir operations consulting was proprietary. International consulting.
Principal Engineer, Environmental Research and Technology. Inc. Developed decision support tools for real time reservoir operations and designed real time hydrologic data collection systems and applications for water resources and environmental management.
Private Consultant. Projects included decision support tools for real time reservoir operations, real time hydrologic data collection systems and applications, small-scale hydropower assessment, water resources planning. International consulting. Part-time teaching at Clark University.
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Research on social impact assessment, and on-farm water management. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Advising students. Consulting on water resources planning. International consulting.
Assistant Research Professor, Thayer School of Engineering and Resource Policy Center, Dartmouth College. Research on water resources planning methodologies, and small-scale hydropower policy analysis. Teaching graduate course on water resources systems. Consulting on water resources.
Senior Engineer, Environmental Research and Technology. Inc. Manager, Water and Wastewater Engineering Group. Conducted water quality and water resources studies.
Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Field manager for development of simulation model for Vardar/Axios River Basin in Macedonia and Greece.
Professional and Other Memberships
American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineers (Member and Past Chair of Operations Management Committee, Chair of the 1996 Operations Management Workshop, Steering Committee of several Operations Management Workshops including for 2006 and 2010, Member of Water Resources and Environmental Systems Committee), Class Agent Roxbury Latin School
Environmental Management, Water International, various journals of American Society of Civil Engineers, Environment International, Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Applied Meteorology, Water Policy, Agricultural Systems, Water Resources Research, Natural Resources Forum, Climatic Change, Conservation & Recycling, Environmental Modeling and Software, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Journal of Hydrology, Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Environmental Management, Coastal Management Journal, International Journal of Water, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Water Management, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply
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