About Us

The Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES) Initiative is supported through the Technology Research Fund which was first authorized in 2000 with the passage of Proposition 301. Each 5-year cycle has had a slightly different organizational structure. Currently, a 6-member Executive team, with expertise in hydrology, engineering, environmental sciences, arid lands, water resources and more, provides oversight on WEES investments.

In 2015, the University of Arizona developed a TRIF plan for the FY17-21 cycle. The plan stated that the mission of WEES is to develop the innovative and practical solutions necessary for water, environmental and energy sustainability in Arizona and other semi-arid regions that are facing increasing demands on natural resources and the uncertainties of climate variability. Human well-being, economic prosperity, security, and life support systems all depend on the environment and the associated resources of water, energy, food, land, air, and biodiversity. Individuals, businesses, communities, and governments are affected by environmental conditions, and in turn, their activities and decisions influence the quality of the environment. TRIF-WEES at UA supports interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations that lead to scientific, technological, and policy-related solutions and innovations that help to close that loop and safeguard both the people and environment of Arizona and beyond. 

Jim Buizer

Jim Buizer

Director, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Interim Director, Arizona Institutes for Resilience

Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Research Scientist, Arid Lands Resource Sciences Program

Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change Faculty

Betsy Woodhouse

Betsy Woodhouse

Program Administrator, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Associate Director, Arizona Institutes for Resilience

Sharon Megdal

Sharon Megdal

Advisory Committee Member, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Director, Water Resources Research Center

Professor, Environmental Science

C.W. & Modene Neely Endowed Professor

Distinguished Outreach Professor

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension

Neal Armstrong

Neal Armstrong

Advisory Committee Member, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Interim Director, Institute for Energy Solutions

Greg Barron-Gafford

Greg Barron-Gafford

Advisory Committee Member, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Associate Professor, School of Geography, Development , & Environment

Jia Hu

Jia Hu

Advisory Committee Member, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Hongyue Jin

Advisory Committee Member, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

Assistant Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering

Lori Emler

Lori Emler

Administrative Support, Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions

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