TAHMO

TAHMO Team

John Selker, Co-Director
Oregon State University

JohnSelkerJohn Selker is a professor of hydrology at Oregon State University and the Co-Director of TAHMO. His research and development work explores novel sensing methods for critical water resource management problems. He has worked and carried out research in the USA, Chile, Somalia, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Israel, China, and across Europe. His active research activities are presented in some 150 peer reviewed articles related to Water Resources Science and Engineering and one text book on soil hydrology. He is currently the leader of the National Science Foundation Center for Transformative Measurement Programs, and recently completed a 4-year term as Editor of Water Resources Research. He was honored in 2013 as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and was a 2013 recipient of the John Hem Award for Science and Technology from the American Groundwater Association. He is co-founder of SelkerMetrics, a water resources technology company.

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Nick van de Giesen, Co-Director
Delft University of Technology

Nick_van_de_GiesenNick van de Giesen received his BSc and MSc in Land and Water Management from Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and his Ph.D in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1994. After a postdoctoral position with the West Africa Rice Development Association, Côte d’Ivoire, he was a Senior Researcher for six years with the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany, where he was Scientific Coordinator of the Global Change in the Hydrological Cycle Volta Project. Since 2004, he has been with Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, where he holds the “Van Kuffeler” Chair of Water Resources Management. Since April 2009, he has served as chairman of the Delft Research Initiative Environment. In 2011 he was science representative in “Topteam Water”, which advised the Dutch government on innovation in the water sector.

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Michael Piasecki, Co-Director of Data Quality Control and Assurance
City College of New York

piaseckiIAHR_COLORProfessor Michael Piasecki holds degrees in civil engineering from the University of Hanover, Germany (Diploma, 1991) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D, 1994) with a focus on water resources engineering. He is currently a professor at City College of New York in the Department of Civil Engineering. His research interests center on the area of hydroinformatics, sustainable water resources and WASH infrastructure in developing countries. He has installed sensor networks in Hispaniola and researches the impact of climate change on vulnerable Caribbean watersheds and communities. He was a member of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Hydrologic Information Systems Team. He served as the chairperson for the Earth Space Science Informatics Focus Group of AGU, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Earth-persecptives: Transdisciplinarity Enabled, associate editor for HydroInformatics, and Earth System Informatics Journals.

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Tom Dietterich, Co-Director of Data Quality Control and Assurance
Oregon State University

Oregon State University Distinguished Professor Tom Dietterich is one of the founders of the field of Machine Learning. He is currently developing new anomaly detection algorithms and applying them to the problem of sensor network failure diagnosis and data cleaning. Under funding from NSF, he leads the SENSOR-DX team, which is developing a new data quality control architecture that combines non-parametric anomaly detection with probabilistic modeling to create a new, highly-accurate approach to identifying failed sensors and flagging bad data values. Dietterich currently serves as President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and he is particularly interested in applying AI technology to difficult problems in sustainable development and ecosystem management. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

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Frank Ohene Annor, CEO
Delft University of Technology

Frank Ohene Annor is a doctoral scientist at TU Delft and has been working with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana since 2004, where he was officially appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering in November 2007. He holds a Masters’ degree with Distinction in Water Resources Management from UNESCO-IHE, Delft, in the Netherlands. His research is in the area of IWRM, Hydrology, GIS and Remote Sensing. His PhD research concerns evaporation and mapping of lakes in the Volta basin (Southern Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana). Frank currently runs TAHMO’s field operations.

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Ali Abbasi, Weather and Climate Research
Delft University of Technology

Ali Abbasi holds his MSc in Hydraulics and Water Management from Khaje-Nasir Toosi University (KNTU), Iran. Currently, he is a doctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), where his research concerns estimating evaporation from small shallow lakes; interactions between the atmosphere and the water surfaces; and investigation of small inland water bodies in arid and semi-arid regions (Northern Ghana and Southern Burkina Faso). Developing and applying numerical platforms based on open-source tools (OpenFOAM, MeshLab, QGIS, Python, Pandas, ADMESH, etc.), he improved the conventional methods to manage the small lakes in the study region. His role in TAHMO is improving and running the Numerical Weather Predictions (NWP) models (in regional and continental scales) to provide reliable climate data for clients and governments. He uses data assimilation techniques for locally measured parameters (from TAHMO ground-based stations) complemented by satellite data to generate accurate weather forecasting and consequently improving the early warning system (accurate predictions of floods and droughts); and generating valuable information for farmers and other clients.

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Rebecca Hochreutener, Operations manager
Oregon State University

After studying hydrogeology at the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris, France) Rebecca Hochreutener joined the Geosciences department of the University Rennes. She was involved in various projects related to hydrology, hydrogeology and geochemistry research fields. She was specifically in charge of logistical and technical support for laboratory and field experiments, as well as the coordination of European projects. In 2014 Rebecca joined John Selker’s team at Oregon State University where she had the opportunity to develop new skills of expertise through active implications in multidisciplinary projects led by John Selker. CTEMPS and TAHMO being the two main projects that kept her busy. Rebecca’s role in the TAHMO initiative mainly includes all operational and logistical coordination. Rebecca is now based in Switzerland where she continues her efforts for the TAHMO initiative.

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Evelyn Toko, TAHMO Financial Advisor
Delft University of Technology

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Evelyn Ami Toko holds a BSc in Business Administration from the Ghana Baptist University College in Kumasi, Ghana. Evelyn has gained accounting experience while working at the Finance Office of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, for more than 7 years. Currently Evelyn is in charge of the finances of the TAHMO Foundation in the Netherlands, while also using her experience to set up a TAHMO subsidiary in Ghana.

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Friso Vos de Wael, Project Coordinator
Delft University of Technology

Friso Vos de Wael is a Project Manager at the Valorisation Centre at the Delft University of Technology in which he does partly project development and partly training & education for students and start-ups in the field of deltatechnology and water. His study background is in International Land-& Water management (MSc) at the Wageningen University. Friso is the TAHMO coordinator in which he manages the organizational and administrative aspects of TAHMO since December 2014.

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Ahmed Adedoyin Balogun, Nigeria TAHMO Coordinator
Federal University of Technology, Akure

Dr. Ahmed Balogun is an Associate Professor of Applied Meteorology in the Department of   Meteorology and Climate Science at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). His research and development work are on air quality, biometeorology, urban climatology, water resources system, renewable energy and climate change adaptation. He has worked and carried out research in the USA, West Africa and across Europe. His active research activities are also presented in some 50 peer reviewed articles.  He is currently the coordinator of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), West Africa Climate Systems Graduate Research Program (WACS-GRP) at FUTA, and recently completed a 2-year term as Head of Department.  His work seeks to explore novel measurement techniques with critical environmental resource management problems. Ahmed overseas TAHMO operations in Nigeria.

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Els Veenhoven, Ghana TAHMO coordinator
Delft University of Technology

Drs. Els Veenhoven achieved her Cum Laude MSc in environmental chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Later on she studied economic strategic management and organization and real estate economics, respectively, at the University of Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology. She also obtained her propaedeutic in psychology. She started as a policy adviser in Amsterdam after which she led a multidisciplinary team to improve sea access of Amsterdam. As a manager in strategy she worked at ‘Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland’ developing the Water Board’s 2009 – 2015 management plan. In Tanzania under the RVO and in Ethiopia under Teampro she independently helped strengthen multicultural collaborations with local private companies and entrepreneurs. Els recently became a council member of the water board “Rijnland”.

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Elizabeth Jachens, School Program Coordinator 
Oregon State University

Elizabeth completed her undergraduate in Civil Engineering at California State University, Chico. As an undergraduate, Elizabeth’s research consisted of designing wastewater management plans for developing regions in Latin America. Currently, Elizabeth is a Master’s student in Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University under advisement from John Selker. Her thesis is looking at recession flows for small watersheds in the Western and High Cascade mountain ranges in Oregon. Elizabeth is serving as the USA School 2 School coordinator for TAHMO. She helped lead a teacher’s training in Kenya, and it working on developing supplemental materials for teachers to utilize their weather data in classroom lesson plans and homework assignments.

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Simon Kahsai, Data Quality Control
Oregon State University

Simon Kahsai joined the MS Water Resources Engineering program at OSU under Dr. John Selker on January 2016. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from University of Asmara with Distinction. Prior to coming to OSU, he had worked as a Water Resources Engineer/Civil Engineer at Eritrean Science and Technology Development Agency (ESTDA) and as a Teaching assistant at Eritrea Institute of Technology. His task in TAHMO will be focusing on data quality control and monitoring of weather data. Simon will also be working on his MS Thesis: Climate-Informed Design of Urban Green Infrastructure for African Cities.

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Tadesse Zemicheal, Data Quality Control and Assurance
Oregon State University

TadesseTadesse Zemicheal holds BSc in Computer Engineering from Eritrea Institute of Technology . Tadesse worked as a teaching assistant at Eritrea Institute of Technology for 2 years in his home country before joining Oregon State University. Currently, Tadesse is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science in the area of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at Oregon State University, and has worked with the TAHMO project since September 2013. His research interests include in the area of anomaly detection, automatic data cleaning of sensor networks and model fitting in time series data. Tadesse’s role in the TAHMO project primarily focuses on building automatic data cleaning for the weather stations, automatic QA/QC of data and helps in maintaining the TAHMO website.

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Pam Aishlin, School2School Facilitator

Boise State University, Hydrologic Sciences

Pam Aishlin holds a MS in Hydrologic Sciences and a MS in Earth Science Education from Boise State University, where she works as a Research Assistant for Hydrologic Sciences. Pam serves as a lead volunteer facilitating the startup of the TAHMO S2S program by engaging students, teachers and administrators to establish weather station sister schools. At BSU, Pam installs, repairs and maintains remote hydrometeorological stations, as well as providing data telemetry, data management, data analysis, publication and cyberinfrastructure development. Her research foci include groundwater recharge estimation and streamflow generation relative to inter-annual climate variability in arid landscapes. Pam’s international experiences include learning French and delving into cross-cultural immersion in Mauritius.

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Gilbert Mwangi, East Africa Region Director
Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya

Gilbert Mwangi holds a degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Egerton University, Kenya. He is finalizing MSc. in Electrical Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. His masters research is with TAHMO, investigating the possibilities of detecting and tracking lightning strikes using low cost consumer electronics. He has worked for a power company as design engineer and as tutor at Mount Kenya University. Currently he is responsible for the installation and maintenance of TAHMO and Earth Networks weather stations in East Africa.

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Kwame Duah, West Africa Regional Director

Kwame Duah Anhwere is a graduate from the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra and has been working for TAHMO since February 2015. He has worked on various research projects related to water resources management in Ghana. He handled the school2school component as well as the installations in Ghana. Currently, he handles TAHMO’s operations in West Africa.


Theophile Mandé, Central Africa Regional Director

Theophile Mande is a young scientist who earned a specialized master’s degree in Agricultural and Communities Water Supply (2iE/EPFL) and a postgraduate degree (DEA) in mathematics at the University of Ouagadougou. He was awarded a PhD from EPFL in January 2014 for his examination of hydrological processes (precipitation, streamflow, infiltration, evaporation) in a semi agricultural catchment in Burkina Faso. He has participated in conferences around the world and is author of multiple scientific papers in international peer reviewed journals

He has taught Hydrology, Mathematics, IWRM courses in several universities in Burkina Faso. His current research focuses on the study of hydrological processes for agricultural, irrigation, water management and health (waterborne disease).

He has extensive experience working with local representatives, community leaders and authorities. With more than fifteen years of experience working at specific experimental sites over different climatic conditions with both manual and automatic equipment; he has developed skills that enable him to manage a field campaign from site selection and choice of equipment, to installation, monitoring, maintenance, data collection and analysis.

Since April 2017 he has been part of TAHMO’s team as a consultant Field Engineer and Regional Supervisor.

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Rolf Hut, Senior Advisor
Delft University of Technology

rolf_sRolf Hut holds a MSc in Physics from Delft University of Technology investigating the flow of groundwater around sub-surface dams. This led to his Ph.D in applications of sensor technologies and time series analysis in water resources management. Currently he is a Postdoc at Delft University of Technology, where his research covers the entire spectrum of hydrological data (sensor design, processing of data streams and incorporating data in predictive models). His main research focus is the eWaterCycle project that will build an operational hyper resolution (1 x 1 km) global hydrological model based on ground and satellite measurements. Dr. Hut is co-founder of Disdrometrics. He also teaches undergraduate civil engineering and co-led the 2013 TAHMO Sensor Design Competition. Dr. Hut’s other TAHMO activities entail the supervision of TAHMO MSc/BSc students and the development of new sensing technologies, and community outreach. For more about Dr. Hut’s TAHMO work, check out his TED Talk.

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Marc Andreini, Senior Advisor
ZPL LLC (Hilo, HI)

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Dr. Marc Andreini holds a Ph.D and MSc in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, a BSc in Civil Engineering and a BA in Economics from the University of California. Dr. Andreini is a hydrologist and registered Civil Engineer in California, with over 35 years of domestic and international experience. His research covers shallow groundwater irrigation, small reservoirs, solute movement, and basin scale decision support systems for integrated water resource management. He taught at the University of Zimbabwe and coordinated the University of Bonn’s GLOWA Volta Project to develop a basin scale water resource management decision support system. He also led the International Water Management Institute’s Small Reservoirs Project. Dr. Andreini founded and now manages ZPL LLC, a consulting firm specializing on water management in Africa. During his career, Dr. Andreini has worked with consulting firms, intergovernmental organizations, and governments to improve water resource management in Botswana, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

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Mariéme Jamme, Senior Advisor
Spotone One Global Solutions

Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese born-British businesswoman, helping International tech companies to get a foothold in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Mariéme is best known for her role in promoting technology, good governance, transparency and a better education standard in Africa. She was named one of Forbes Magazine’s ’20 youngest power women in Africa 2012′, nominated by the Guardian African Community Network as one of the ‘African Women to Watch’ in 2013, and recently nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mariéme has founded many ventures aiming to support African development, such as the “Cheetah Accelerator” (a mentoring and business accelerator), and she co-founded Africa Gathering, a platform bringing entrepreneurs and others together to share ideas for positive change in Africa. Mariéme has recently supported the UK government Appfrica International Inc. and the Obama Administration in organizing the Apps4Africa contest across Africa. Mariéme is a regular technology writer and contributor for the Guardian, the BBC and CNN.

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Kenneth Odhiambo, Electrical Engineer Kenya

Kenneth Odhiambo holds a BSc in Instrumentation and Control Engineering. He is currently working in Kenya and is aiming for a scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering. Kenneth assists in TAHMO’s Kenya projects and he helps the team wherever he can.

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Amelia Snyder, Station Placement
Oregon State University

Amelia received her BS from Warren Wilson College in 2013 with a double major in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, as well as minors in Mathematics and Spanish. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, where she taught high school chemistry and physics for two years. Amelia is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University, conducting research under Dr. John Selker and Dr. Thomas Dietterich. Her research focuses on helping TAHMO determine the best placement of their weather stations in Africa.

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Frederieke Muijs, Business Developer

muijs.frederieke@gmail.com

Frederieke Muijs graduated from Wageningen University in 2014, where she completed a BSc in Economics and Governance and a MSc in Environmental Sciences. She was raised in Zambia where her family have been and still are active in the agricultural sector. This being a key influencer for het interest in agriculture. In the Netherlands she has worked at the BoP Innovation Center where she researched the criteria that result in successful Inclusive Business start-ups in the agricultural sector. After this she worked at Bakker Barendrecht, supplier of fruit and vegetables to Holland’s largest supermarket chain. Here she spent most of her time working with suppliers focusing on the  production process and integrated pest management. In January 2017 she and her husband moved to Uganda where as of May she will operate as TU Delft Liaison and TAHMO Representative.


Marieke de Groen, South Africa TAHMO Coordinator

marieke@aqualinks.co.za

Dr.ir. Marieke de Groen is owner-director of AquaLinks (www.aqualinks.co.za) which focuses on linking water engineering and research to water management in Southern Africa. She is based in Johannesburg since 2009, as a consultant in water management in the region. She did her PhD research related to limited climate data (2002, TU Delft and UNESCO-IHE) based on an internship at the Department of Water Resources in Zimbabwe in 1995-1997. Since February 2017, she is involved in rolling out the TAHMO initiative in South Africa, starting with a ‘proof of concept’ in Johannesburg. Therewith she is testing TAHMO use for urban water management and climate awareness in cities, and using Johannesburg as a gateway to investors/insurers/funders in Southern Africa.


Ellen van Andel, Project coordinator

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Ellen van Andel holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Free University Amsterdam, and a master’s degree in health economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also completed a minor in Dutch Sign Language at the University of Amsterdam.
Ellen is experienced in food value chain analysis, workshop facilitation in entrepreneurship education (also train the trainers-), online learning content development, responsible innovation and business incubation management (mainly in the water-food sector). Her main interests are health, (healthy, sustainable and sovereign) food and behavioural economics.

For TAHMO, Ellen has facilitated several workshops on business case development and entrepreneurship in countries such as Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda. The workshops were organized  for different target groups; startup companies, students, young professionals and university lecturers. Furthermore, Ellen assists TAHMO in the development, coordination and execution of several multi stakeholder projects in sub-Saharan Africa.


Jos van den Boom, Financial Coordinator