RiSWP Leadership Team
Billy Raseman, PhD, PE is the Chair of the RiSWP Leadership Team. He is an Engineer at Hazen and Sawyer working in data analysis and visualisation, modeling, and software development for water resources, drinking water, and water reuse applications. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and has served as adjunct faculty for the university. Billy is the lead developer for the US EPA Water Treatment Plant Model and contributes to OASIS water supply planning software. Moreover, his research has advanced simulation modeling and machine learning approaches for the production of safe drinking water.
Alex Bailey is the Smart Assets and Operations Manager at Anglian Water. Alex leads a team of skilled and passionate engineers to deliver Anglian Water’s vision of Smart Water Systems. He is responsible for the deployment of pressure monitoring and condition sensors across the asset base from source to tap, and for delivering the meaningful insight needed to tackle challenges such as leakage, transient mitigation and relative efficiency. By delivering innovative ideas to the Water Business stream encompassing people, process and technology, Alex is responsible for driving better outcomes for Anglian Water’s customers, assets, people and environment. A student of History and Politics by background, he is continuing his studies and working towards a MSc in Strategic Leadership. Alongside his ‘day job’ Alex is proud to lead The Beacon Project, a collaborative project between Anglian Water, WaterAid and the Nepal Water Supply Corporation to deliver improved water, sanitation and hygiene services in Nepal. In his free time Alex is happiest clay pigeon shooting and taking part in other outdoor pursuits, as well going for long dog walks and spending time with friends and family.
Jade Pereira is a Water Resources Engineer at Jacobs where she specialises in modelling and optimisation of collection systems. Jade is enthusiastic about using innovative tools and systems thinking to help clients make informed decisions about how to best manage their water infrastructure and develop sustainably. Jade enjoys learning about new perspectives and hopes to accelerate the adoption of smart, data-driven solutions by supporting the exchange of forward-thinking ideas in the water sector.
Mthokozisi Mzingaye Moyo is an innovator who uses his Civil and Water Engineering background to address problems in the water and energy sector. Currently working on his two companies, WasteMoney and Ulwazi Technologies, which aim to merge the ideologies of a circular economy and data-driven decisions. This is done to maximise resource value (especially water), while minimising environmental impact so that both the economy and environment can thrive. This proactive stance is also fueled by the rate of problems arising in the world which need solutions conceptualised and deployed and a faster rate. He is a firm believer of team work (the more diverse the team the better) and is also passionate about service above self which he enacts through sustainable projects such as teaching rural kids bee keeping with the Rotaract Club of Matopos.
Vito Gironda, P.E. is passionate about connecting people and technology to provide innovative solutions. In his current role, he serves as a Senior Engineering Project Manager with Xylem in the Decision Intelligence Solutions group. Vito focuses on managing the development and implementation of Digital Twins, real-time decision support systems, and other digital solutions for the water industry. Vito’s background includes extensive experience with network modeling for master planning and system optimization efforts for transmission, distribution, and collection systems.
Aline Aparecida Antunes Cornetti, PhD, is an inspection and regulation analyst for the regulatory agency ARES-PCJ in Brazil, regulating and supervising public basic sanitation services in associated municipalities, based on norms and indicators that guarantee their excellence and contribute to the balance in relations between users, service providers and public authorities. Aline is an environmental engineer with experience in sanitation and a PhD in biotechnology.
Ana Rita Catarino was born and raised in Portugal and holds a masters degree is in Environmental Engineering. Ana Rita has always worked in the water sector: both in terms of water quality, ensuring the control of legionella, and quality of service. She currently works at ERSAR, the Portuguese authority for Water and Waste regulation. There, her main focus is taking part in the Department of Quality, which specialises in the quality of service regulation. Ana Rita works in the KPI assessment system and performs the annual data benchmarking of all water and waste operators in Portugal. This is a rewarding task as it provides a global overview of the development and investments in the sector through a close relationship with the operators.
Boitumelo Matshediso is a Chemical Engineering Technician at Talbot. With over 6 years of working experience in operating and optimising water and wastewater treatment processes such as ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis, membrane bioreactors, and DAF. She has an impressive knowledge of the industry’s Occupational Health and Safety requirements. Boitumelo is self-sufficient, reliable, and a team player. She has a keen interest in research and new technology and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Data Sciences.
Francisco Sorbal was born and raised in Portugal and came to the United States to pursue his bachelors degree. Completed it in late 2017 with a focus on environmental engineering, Francisco started working at a collection systems firm in the suburbs of Chicago before moving into the infrastructure industry. He is passionate about the water industry and pushing it forward so it becomes a mainstream topic rather than a forgotten thought.
Kedar Dabhadkar is a Staff Data Scientist at KETOS and works at the intersection of hydrology, data science, and machine learning. As part of the KETOS team, he helps agricultural, municipal, and industrial organisations solve operational challenges in water quality monitoring and management. Kedar earned his BS from the Institute of Chemical Technology, India, and MS from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Chemical Engineering. He is interested in the applications of machine learning in monitoring and optimising water operations. In his free time, he takes drumming lessons and reads history books.
Madeleine Crisp is a System Optimisation Engineer for Anglian Water. Madeleine has worked for Anglian Water for 15 years across many departments across the business including back office and analytics before joining the Optimisation Team where she looks at data, models, innovation and collaborates with others to make a system perform at its best from abstraction and beyond. Madeleine is a keen speaker and has achieved Finalist Division (UK & Ireland) Humorous & International Speech Contests, taking those skills into the workplace and has spoken at a few Institute of Water – Women in Water Events. Madeleine has also achieved Winner of Water Engineering 2022 from Worshipful Company of Engineers. She has a passion for the Water Industry and aspires to work globally, seeing the world through a different perspective as someone with dyslexia which helps her problem solve on a larger scale.
Natalie Lamb is the National Water Industry Account Manager at QCL, where she generates awareness of innovative technologies and steers them from trial to implementation in the UK water industry. Natalie’s keen interest in all things technology and innovation have been developed through her experiences in the Innovation and Water Quality teams at the water utility Anglian Water, her PhD in Civil Engineering and Microbiology from the University of Sheffield, as well as her MSc in Microbiology from Cranfield University. She loves to talk to people about all the new and interesting things she has been learning, to get people valuing water and to start the conversation about STEM. Natalie can often be found conversing with her robot vacuum cleaner, trying to get her smartwatch to make payments and altering her overly elaborate smart home network!
Philipp Grünler started his career working for six years at a regional textile company. After completing his Bachelors in Textile engineering, he focused more on the water treatment side of the textile waste water. Because of the target to gain more skills in this field, Philipp decided to increase his knowledge by undertaking a Master in the field of Water treatment, digitisation and Management. Together with this knowledge, Philipp would like to reduce the water footprint of those textiles and enhance the wastewater quality and control. This is also the main reason why he applied for the RiSWP Ambassador Programme. SWAN. Here the chance of knowledge exchange, networking and interesting discussions is very gainful.
Thibault Moreels holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Thibault started working at De Watergroep, the largest drinking water utility in Flanders, in 2020. Thibault is responsible for hydraulic models of several parts of the drinking water network. He develops these hydraulic models and he uses them to design pipelines, pumping stations or reservoirs. The hydraulic models are also used for risk assessment reports towards the Flemish authorities. The hydraulic models also provide useful insights for exploitation of the drinking water network. Nowadays, the models are mainly used for planning. Thibault is contributing towards the long term goal of De Watergroep to have an operational digital twin.
Tim Medearis, PE is a solutions engineer who has worked with hundreds of utilities around the world with their hydraulic modeling and asset management solutions. After receiving his masters degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University, he has been with Innovyze and now Autodesk for 6+ years in a variety of technical roles. He is passionate about water resources and technology, loves the Colorado outdoors, and lives in Longmont, Colorado.
Xuhui Zeng, P.E., is a Civil Engineer with Greeley and Hansen. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from South China University of Technology. He has extensive project experience in wastewater treatment, wastewater collection and conveyance, water treatment, and asset management. In his role, he has developed a variety of technical knowledge and skill sets in hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling, process design and optimization, inflow/infiltration (I/I) analysis, GIS mapping/geospatial analysis, condition assessment, lab & pilot scale testing, data analysis, and computer programming. Specifically, he is enthusiastic in applying emerging data-driven technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML), predictive analytics, and data dashboard to provide innovative digital solutions for water/wastewater utilities to resolve the complex problems and challenges.