July 24, 2015
Two University of Nebraska- Lincoln graduate students recently completed a two-week international field course through UNESCO-IHE, an international institute for water education based in Delft, The Netherlands. UNESCO-IHE equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies they need to address current and future challenges for sustainable local, regional and global water management, with a particular focus on a development context.
During the course, Isiah Krutak and Katherine Smith joined 26 other students from around the world, touring six European countries to explore water programs and projects. Each site was selected for its engineering achievement or notable natural feature. In addition to learning about the ecological, social and engineering challenges of these sites, the students gained valuable cultural experiences and learned from each other.
Please see the students’ report on the field course for detailed information about their experience and photos from the trip.
Isaiah Krutak is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has a bachelor of science in agricultural engineering with an emphasis in soil and water resources and a minor in environmental studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While working on his bachelor’s degree he interned for a year with the Nebraska Department of Roads, as well as a three month internship at a naval architecture firm in Bergen, Norway, and half a year internship with Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico. He was also a recipient of the Franco’s List Award, which recognizes UNL students who have demonstrated outstanding character and integrity, and participated in a UCARE dance project titled “Art as Curriculum: Understanding Human Migration through the Vehicle of Dance.” Isaiah is currently a member ASABE and is pursuing a master of science degree in agricultural and biological systems engineering with a specialization in environmental studies under Dr. Christopher Neale. He is a graduate research assistant using UAVs in precision agriculture. In his spare time Isaiah enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, playing music, and dancing.
Katherine Smith is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a bachelor of science in biological systems engineering with an emphasis in water resources and environmental engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She interned for a year and a half with Nebraska Public Power District while working on her bachelor’s degree. Katherine is a member of the AGU, ASABE, SWE and is EIT certified. She is currently pursuing a master of science degree in agricultural and biological systems engineering with a water resources planning and management focus under Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola. As a graduate student she was a recipient of the Nebraska Recruitment Fellowship and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant. Katherine is a graduate research assistant and a part of the Hydroinformatics and Integrated Hydrology research group. Within the group, her research focuses on modeling the hydroclimatology of extreme hydrometeorological events (droughts and floods) and resiliency. Her research involves the use of remote sensing data, as well as large scale data processing and analysis utilizing high performance computing. In her spare time Katherine enjoys traveling, camping, swimming, kayaking, cooking, sewing, and spending time with friends and family.