BSE’s Anita Thompson named Water Resources Management program chair

anita_thompson_cutoutAnita Thompson, an associate professor of biological systems engineering, has been selected to lead the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management (WRM) program.

The graduate program, in its 50th year, gives students the opportunity to learn through hands-on projects that benefit communities, led by teams of volunteer faculty from a wide range of disciplines.

According to the Nelson Institute’s announcement about this transition, the WRM requires a leader who can inspire students and foster collaboration, adding that “Anita Thompson is ready for the challenge.” Thompson will assume this position in the fall 2015 semester as civil and environmental engineering professor Ken Potter, who has led WRM for more than 12 years, enters retirement.

More about Thompson from the article:

Thompson was born and educated in Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree and doctorate in biosystems and agricultural engineering, all from the University of Minnesota.

She has been a professor of biological systems engineering at UW-Madison since 2002. She studies sediment delivery in agricultural watersheds; how the pathogen Cryptosporidium (present in cattle manure) moves through soil and to groundwater; and water resources impacts associated with biofuel crop production systems.

Read about Thompson’s plans for the WRM program here.