David A. Dzombak (NAE), Chair, is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He conducts research in water quality engineering and science, on topics pertaining to environmental restoration and the water-energy nexus. Dr. Dzombak is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Water Environment Federation. He served as the chairman of the NRC Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act. Dr. Dzombak holds a BA degree in mathematics from Saint Vincent College, BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
James B. Gulliford is the Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Society is committed to research and the application of soil and water conservation practices on agricultural landscapes to improve agricultural productivity and environmental quality. Mr. Gulliford is a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, whose purpose is to promote a broader understanding of agriculture as the most basic human endeavor and to enhance agriculture through increased scientific knowledge. He holds a BS degree in forestry
management and an MS degree in forestry economics and marketing from Iowa State University.
David J. Mulla is a professor and Larson Chair for Soil & Water Resources in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, where he is also the Director for the Precision Agriculture Center. Dr. Mulla studies nonpoint source pollution of surface and groundwater; precision farming and precision conservation; and alternative farm management practices for improved soil conservation and water quality. He has experience in modeling erosion, and losses of phosphorus, nitrogen, and pesticides to surface and ground waters. In 1998, he was appointed to the White House Task Force on Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2011, he was appointed to a National Research Council committee on numerical nutrient criteria (water quality standards) for Florida. His peers elected him as a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and as a Fellow in the Agronomy Society of America. In 2012, he received the Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Research Award from the International Society for Precision Agriculture. In 2013, he received the Soil Science Applied Research Award from the SSSA. Dr. Mulla received his BS degree in earth sciences (with emphasis in geophysics) from the University of California at Riverside, and his MS and PhD degrees in agronomy (emphasis in soil chemistry and physics) from Purdue University.
David M. Soballe is a research biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has over 30 years of research experience in limnology, water quality, and river and reservoir ecology and has held research positions with state, federal, and academic institutions. Dr. Soballe has extensive experience working in interagency groups on water quality monitoring, data acquisition and environmental management and restoration. He has expertise in the requirements and difficulties of monitoring a large floodplain river and in using monitoring data to guide management decisions on restoration. Dr. Soballe played a major role in redesigning and implementing the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program on the Upper Mississippi River. He received his BS degree in biology in 1972 from University of Notre Dame, his MS degree in biological sciences in 1978 from Michigan Technological University, and his PhD degree in animal ecology (limnology) in 1981 from Iowa State University.