Research Center. As director, he manages, plans, and directs research work and studies related to enhancement of water quality and prevention of water resources degradation, assessment of air quality, and solid and hazardous waste management.
RADWAN A. AL-WESHAH has a Ph.D. in civil engineering-water resources and hydrology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an assistant professor of hydrology and water resources at the Department of Civil Engineering and a researcher at the Water and Environment Research and Study Center, University of Jordan. He is involved in many projects related to water resources, hydrologic studies, and hydrologic/ hydraulic design in Jordan and abroad. Dr. Al-Weshah has international experience in water resources management and planning, surface hydrology, wetland hydrology, and water resource issues in the Middle East. He was the co-chair and main coordinator for the International Symposium on Water Resources in the Middle East, held at the University of Illinois in 1993.
KAREN ASSAF received her B.S. in science-geology and her M.S. in earth science-geology from Iowa State University in 1967 and 1968, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in environmental science-hydrology from the University of Texas in 1976. Her specialties and interests include environmental science-/hydrology, public health, and statistics. Dr. Assaf currently is director of the Department of Water Planning at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, working in the Palestinian Water Authority, Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority. Previously she was research scientist and director of Water Division and Publications at the Arab Scientific Institute for Research and Transfer of Technology, where she conducted studies in water, health, food, and nutrition. From 1979 to 1987 she was project coordinator for the Water, Sanitation and Health Projects for Save the Children where she directed the basic needs sector (water, sanitation, and health) for projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Dr. Assaf is a board member of the International Water Resources Association.
YORAM AVNIMELECH received his M.Sc. in soil microbiology and his Ph.D. in soil physical chemistry from the Weizmann Institute and the hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently S. Gurney chair and professor of agricultural engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. His academic background led to strong multidisciplinary interests, covering topics from microbiology to physical chemistry, and from agronomy to health studies, with a specialty in soil sciences. From 1989 to 1994, he was chief scientist of the Israeli Ministry of the Environment. He published more than 100 scientific papers in the environmental sciences.