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Bronco Discovery and Innovation Series

The Bronco Discovery and Innovation Series is hosted by University Advancement in partnership with university leaders welcoming Boise State President’s Club members and guests to hear from the brightest minds in research today.

Fall 2017 Presentation

In Virtual Terrain: Idaho’s Water Resources and How They’re Changing

Presented by Alejandro (Lejo) Flores

Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
Time: Noon
Location:  Alumni and Friends Center

Water is the lifeblood of the economy and culture of the western United States. Knowing how much water is in a landscape, how long it will be there, where it is going and how quickly, are all questions that are central to the economies of the Western United States and are the driving questions of the hydrologic sciences. This talk focuses on how we can use computational tools, together with increasingly large and complex datasets to both understand these processes and make better decisions regarding the use of this critical commodity. The talk will also discuss how we now train computational hydrologists and an overview of the technical skills they acquire at Boise State.

Alejandro Flores, Geosciences, studio portrait

Alejandro (Lejo) Flores

is originally from Golden, CO., a suburb west of Denver. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 2001 and a master of science degree in civil engineering in 2003 from Colorado State University. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Ph.D. in hydrology in 2009 under the supervision of Rafael Bras, now provost at Georgia Tech University. He has been at Boise State in the Department of Geosciences since 2009. His research interests include the use of computational models of weather, climate, and hydrology to understand and predict the effects of human influences on water resources.

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Keith Thiede, College of Education, portrait

Keith Thiede, Ph.D.
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Tim Andersen

Tim Andersen, Ph.D
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Lindsey Turner
Lindsey Turner, Ph.D.

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Anthony Ellertson

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Cheryl Jorcyk

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