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The Team

OpenAgua is developed and maintained by a core group of university researchers and funding partners, with development and technical support from many others.

Institutional Partners

Hydrosystems Research Group, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis.

Development Team

Current team

David Rheinheimer, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher, Hydrosystems Group, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Rheinheimer conceptualized OpenAgua and is involved in all aspects of its development, including vision, strategic planning, project management and technical leadership; to-date, he has been the primary developer of OpenAgua. His primary interests are in developing and leveraging decision support technologies to improve strategic management of water and energy resources.
Casey Brown, PhD, Hydrosystems Research Group, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Brown helps guide the vision of OpenAgua and helps ensure its continued short-term development in the context of multiple high profile water systems.
Don Park. Don, who currently a graduate student in the UMass Hydrosystems Research Group, has previous experience in the startup world and cloud software management, and provides valuable insights into the application development process. Don also maintains a list of useful articles related to programming conventions, Programming and You!.

Past contributors

Laura Elisa-Garza, M.S., Center for Water for Latin America and the Caribbean, Tecnológico de Monterrey. Laura led the study to demonstrate OpenAgua for the city of Monterrey, Mexico, and contributed to documentation and visual design.
Josué Medellín-Azuara, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis. Dr. Medellín-Azuara was the U.S. co-Principal Investigator for the [CITRIS]( seed project to develop OpenAgua, helping to oversee project organization and coordinate with other related projects.
Aldo Ramírez-Orozco, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Water for Latin America and the Caribbean, and General Director, Núcleo Estrategico de Decisiones (NED), at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Dr. Ramírez was the Mexico co-Principal Investigator for the CITRIS-funded seed project to develop OpenAgua, helping to guide project organization and liaise with funding partners in Mexico.
Michael Zarozinski, Senior Software Engineer, College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Michael was a lead designer and implementer of the "heart and soul" of OpenAgua, the facility to run and monitor models. Michael is interested in all aspects of artificial intelligence and the art and science of software engineering.


In addition, core development is in close collaboration with others. In particular:
Stephen Knox, Ph.D., Lead Developer, Water Resources Group, Manchester University. Dr. Knox is the lead developer of Hydra Platform, the core data organization framework used by OpenAgua. Steve provides critical support for Hydra Platform and advice on strategic development.
Adel Abdallah, Ph.D. Candidate, Utah State University, Logan Utah and Senior Hydroinformatics Specialist at the Western States Water Council. Adel designed the Water Management Data Model (WaMDaM) to organize water systems data across multiple datasets and models. He has contributed to OpenAgua with ideas and bug reports while developing interoperability between WaMDaM and Hydra Platform/OpenAgua. Adel is interested in improving information methods and tools like OpenAgua to better organize, analyze, and communicate water management data and models to ultimately support effective and transparent decisions.
[Adel Abdullah](, PhD Candidate, Utah State University. An expert in hydroinformatics and water resources management, Adel has provided critical feedback on OpenAgua, pushing it further while integrating it into his own data workflow, including [WaMDaM]( and [HydroShare](

Funding Partners

The OpenAgua team appreciates working with our initial funding partners, for both their financial support and strategic vision.
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, University of California. CITRIS provided the seed funding for OpenAgua in 2016 under the 2016 joint CITRIS-ITESM seed funding program. Under this program, "Bi-national research teams in Mexico and California develop promising, early-stage IT projects that can attract larger funding and support resources." See the anouncement of the award.
FEMSA Foundation. The FEMSA Foundation supports the Núcleo Estrategico de Decisiones (Nucleus for Strategic Decisions, or NED) at the Water Center for Latin America at Tecnológico de Monterrey, under which OpenAgua was initiated.
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). IADB also supports NED.
Tecnológico de Monterrey. Tecnológico de Monterrey also supports NED, including with physical space.

Translation Team

Once we get translations going again, we'll list the translators here.

The Open Source Community

OpenAgua uses primarily Open Source software, much of which is highly undervalued by society, yet nonetheless otherwise extremely appreciated. We consider the many thuosands of developers who have contributed to the various technologies used by OpenAgua to be implicitly part of the team. See the list of core technologies.