Mechanical Engineer from South Korea
Sun Hee, currently getting her degree in John's Hopkins
University in Baltimore, came for an internship in spring 2007 and
made a huge difference in lives of many people she never actually
met. It is because Sunny participated in a
development project that III is running in cooperation with
Sunny helped to prepare various materials that were presented in
2007 Rotary International 98th Annual Convention in Salt Lake
City, worked on improving Engineering manual for drinking water
delivery systems, automated video presentations and other
marketing materials, translated texts into several languages and
Her focused effort really helped to improve living standards of
many people in the developing world, who are suffering from
poverty and limited water/sanitation resources.
Sunny during a lunch break in a "jungle" park right next to III
David in LaBelle Nature Park during installation of security
Engineer from France
David mostly handled during his training assignments
Pelaez ranch project. He helped with installation of water
sampler components, did a lot of troubleshooting on mechanical and
electronic parts of the equipment and joined water sampling field
crew anytime needed. He also updated many SOPs prepared by his
fellow interns less skilled in electronics.
David’s other major assignment was moving ahead with security
system used for protecting
LaBelle Nature Park. He helped with selection of the cameras
and other equipment, installing and testing softwares employed in
the system and actual installation in the Nature park.
Architect-Designer from Tajikistan
initially received 4 months training in Tajikistan, where III has
its branch office. There he realized his potential, but also the
fact that to learn more about the world, he has to leave his home
country and go abroad. After that decision was made, he came for 5
months training to III office in Florida. Here he rapidly improved
his English that was initially slowing him down and once English
stopped to be his main limiting factor, he could apply his
architectural and designing skills on various technical
assignments, for example in designing boardwalks or Environmental
Education Center for
LaBelle Nature Park.
As a Tajik citizen, he also helped to move forward with III’s
development project on improving water situation in his home
Inom visiting one of the near
Tosan during an educational tour to coal-fired power plant in
and Energy Engineer from Nigeria
Tosan was responsible during her
6 months training for handling
Pelaez ranch tasks and daily chores related to that project.
She was responsible for collecting surface and ground water
samples, their preparation and analysis in a laboratory, preparing
chains of custody forms, programming autosamplers, replacing
sampler bottles, and various other parts of the data collection
process. Tosan handled all aspects of the research project with
dignity and a professional attitude. She also helped train and
supervise the more junior trainees, gaining management experience.
Upon completion of her
training with SDS/III, Tosan was offered a research assistant
position with University of Florida in Gainesville, where she will
continue to develop her skills and talents in the Agricultural and
Biological Engineering Department.
Engineer from Russia
Viacheslav has been closely involved in initial development of
Carbon Capture project, which is aimed at promoting advanced
technologies for reducing CO2 emissions and their contributions to
He helped with scientific presentations
preparation, developed parts of the project website and drafted
several proposals. As an engineer with IT skills, he also
developed many AutoCAD drawings for several local engineering and
Viacheslav dreams about
building a strong cooperation bridge between Russia and US.
Daniel in the office testing telemetry stations connectivity.
Engineer from Ghana
Daniel contributed to field research project at
Pelaez ranch with unique leadership and persistence. At first,
as a chemical engineer he was responsible for collecting,
preparing and analyzing surface and subsurface water samples. But
with time, he also undertook the challenge and assumed the
position of a team leader with responsibility for maintaining all
mechanical and electrical components of the programmable water
samplers, maintaining installed telemetry stations and preparing
various SOP's for future trainees to use. Daniel handled his
duties that encompassed several specializations each and every
day. He measured up very well against the demanding expectations
of Dr. Capece.
Science and Natural Resource Manager from
Getnet was one of the most hardworking trainees ever hosted at the Southern DataStream. Getnet helped with project management for the non-profit organizations Rotary International, Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, and Alpha Epsilon Lambda. Getnet produced two grant proposals for village water supply projects in Central Asia (see www.RotaryWater.org ) and participated in the Rotary International Water Summit in Houston, Texas. He created several, high-quality exhibits and slide presentations describing regional projects. Getnet demonstrated that with hard work it is possible to accomplish much in a three-month traineeship.
Getnet receives a recognition certificate from Rotary International for his contributions to the Central Asia Village Water Supply project.
Anneline in the Big Cypress Swamp.
Anneline is another talented and most dedicated young engineer we hae been hosting.
Anneline's contributions during her first 3-month training proved
that she was resourceful and focused. Her skills in soil and fluid
mechanics and hydraulic modeling are applied to the
oxbow restoration projects. After completing her first training with III, Anneline returned home to France and then later on came back to Florida once again to start her second
trainig, where she is managing another oxbow
restoration project and performing related flow and sediment
Cindy at the Universal Studios Florida
from United Kingdom
studied media studies and journalism at the University of
Sunderland, England. In Florida she served
as the community journalist among our group
of primarily engineers and scientists. In addition to writing
several economics and science articles for
local newspapers, Cindy was assigned to train in grant
writing, public relations, and non-profit organization management
(Rotary International, Caloosahatchee
River Citizens Association, and
Cindy assisted in preparing and
delivering presentations on river
restoration projects to hundreds of school
children and presenting the
project to Rotary clubs throughout Florida. She
was the group's events organizer. Cindy
also demonstrated a high degree of
responsibility in getting to presentations scheduled at very
challenging times at very distant
Radio and Television Journalist
from the Netherlands
Lars applied his artistic and technical
talents in producing, editing, and distributing the
Oxbow 24 Opening Ceremony video. Lars proved to be
a uniquely video journalist and
burned the midnight oil in producing a documentary about
the problems of the Caloosahatchee River
(currently in production) for his university degree
project. Lars took a sincere interest in
addressing the important water and environmental issues of South
Florida and created the video clips supporting
the naming of the Caloosahatchee River to America's Ten Most Endangered
Rivers of 2006 (www.caloosahatchee.org/mer).
Lars preparing to
tape anther interview for his river documentary.
Oumnia during a recreation trip to Miami.
Electrical Engineer from Morocco
Oumnia, originally from Morocco, came from France, where she attends her
first year of Master's degree program at Belfort University. During her 3 months of
summer training in Florida, Oumnia was assigned to train in the
Pelaez, Queen Bee projects and focused her training activities on field data
collection (water sampling and hydrologic measurements) and
maintenance of the SDS automatic water samplers. She studied water
sampler hardware to understand the instruments that create the
overall data acquisition system.
Ricardo came to SDS from an Aerospace
University in Sao Paulo. While somewhat out of his element, he did
an excellent job at his river oxbow restoration project
assignment. During his 5-month traineeship, Ricardo prepared RFB
(Request for Bids) and RFQ (Requests for Qualifications)
documents; researched and tested geofabrics; collected
hydrological and water quality field data, performed land/water
surveys, and designed much of the channel dredging project.
Ricardo added his unique contributions to an innovative design for
shoreline projection structures.
Ricardo with a baby gator in
Regis at the Bahia Honda State Park
(lower Florida Keys)
Engineer from France
Regis with his high tech skills became invaluable
to SDS projects during his 4-month program participation. He was responsible
for installation and maintenance of field instrumentation, sensors,
data-loggers, and various other telemetry system components. He also
integrated the research data into a comprehensive database for
statistical analysis. He served as team leader for field data
collection tasks while also providing computer technical support to
the office staff.
Marketing and Management student
Vladimir developed and
delivered presentations to Rotary clubs throughout Florida
promoting an international service project.
His dedicated attitude to the assigned tasks made him the most valuable member of the team in the
summer of 2005 and has propelled the Village Water Supply project
into a national-level program that has, so far, raised funds to
provide clean water systems for more than 25 remote villages in
Tajikistan, Central Asia.
Vladimir earned his Master Degree from Copenhagen Business School
in Denmark on International Marketing and Management. After
completing his traineeship, he went to Canada to continue his
Vladimir at one of his Rotary Club
Xinyan at the Disney EPCOT Aquarium
Business manager from China
Xinyan came for a four-month training in the
summer of 2005. His main focus was tax and managerial accounting, but he
also helped other trainees with their projects, including creation of
an asset tracking database for Hendry County. Xinyan also acivelly collected GPS data on road and bridge infrastructure to imrove GIS sysem databases of Hendry County.
Electrical Engineer from Germany
Henrik was a trainee for 4 months
starting in January 2005. He was the instrumentation
specialist responsible for setting up and maintaining a system of
remote water samplers, water level and flow sensors, weather
measurements stations, and telemetry hardware linked to Internet
databases. Henrik's quiet, steady determination and
professionalism set the ideal example for the group of program participants.
Henrik became the senior project trainee for the second half of his
traineeship and led his team during this time.
Henrik exploring the Florida wilderness
on a canoe trip down Fisheating Creek.
Aurelie at one of the ranch sites the day
after one of the Florida hurricanes of 2004.
Engineer from France
Aurelie was a 6-months trainee, starting in the summer of 2004, the same year when 4 hurricanes passed
through Florida. She and other SDS trainees would spring in
to action immediately on the heels of the storms, traveling to the
flooded sites to measure the water flow and chemical quality.
In her last two months, Aurelie assumed primary responsibility for
the sampling and instrumentation projects. As part of her
duties she would organize the team of 8 program participantss for the day-long
field site data collection trips.
Economics student from Japan
Masahiro came for a brief traineeship
during his summer break from attending University of California -
Irvine. His primary responsibility was to manage the
office finances including receipts, disbursements, expense
accounting and preparation of annual corporate tax returns.
He studied and
mastered the Quickbooks Pro accounting software as his primary a
digital tool. Masahiro would also assist other program participants as a
member of their field data collection team.
Masahiro managing the office finances using
the QuickBooks Pro software system.
Daniel at a meeting of the Caloosahatchee River Citizens
Association meeting, for which he served as a member of the board
Political Scientist from England
Daniel served as a
trainee for six months...which must have seemed like at least
twice that long to him, given the double-duty he did as both a
guest lecturer in the local schools and as the co-author of
the UzbekWater.net grant proposal. Having an undergraduate
degree in American Studies and a graduate degree in Democracy
Studies, ideally prepared Daniel to design and write components of
the new project proposal.
Upon completion of the
document, Daniel traveled to Washington, DC and New York City
with Dr. Abror Gadaev to present the proposal to USAID, World
Bank, United Nations, and various foundations.
Electrical Engineer from Cameroon
For three months during the summer of
2004, Eliane was engaged in instrumentation and data collection activities
for the Kirton Ranch project. She learned how to maintain
and repair the circuits of the sampler control unit. She
also assisted with water sample collection and processing,
including SOP development, chain of custody creation, and general
data records management.
Eliane in the office where she processes water samples from the
ranch pollutions studies.
Weerachai at the river house with other trainees.
Mechanical Engineer from Thailand
served as a trainee for five months during which he methodically
and quietly developed his understanding of SDS projects and
procedures. By the last month of his program participation, Weerachai
became the internal coordinator for all other program participants, taking
responsibility and leadership in preparing and conducting most
field experiment project tasks and trips. As a mechanical
engineer he also developed designs and prototypes for new water
Civil Engineering Professor from
Abror came to SDS in an effort to make the most
of his time in the USA after delivering a technical presentation
at the American Water Resources Association. He spent 4
months developing a project proposal for his university and a web
documenting water projects in Uzbekistan, Central Asia and the
Aral Sea region.
Upon returning to
his university, Professor Abror Gadaev was assigned to develop a
new department and area of study focusing on engineering training
for disaster response, natural or otherwise. He continues to
remain involved with the training program in pursuit of
educational opportunities for students from his nation.
Abror touring citrus industry to study irrigation systems.
Mike crossing the USA on one of his annual road trips.
Mike contributed more to Southern
DataStream projects than any other of the 125 program participants before
him. During his 17-month traineeship Mike was a data analysis and
report writing machine, while also helping with field programs whenever
needed. By the time of his departures he had produced
several project final reports and many more progress and data
reports. He was also the glue that held the trainee group together,
welcoming all new arrivals and helping out whenever they need
assistance with their projects.
Mike also has a talent for
photography and as a geographer, he made it his mission to travel
to as many corners of the USA as possible during his training
breaks. Upon completion of his traineeship, Mike was elected
as a director of Intelligentsia International, Inc. and is serving
as an international programs coordinator traveling to water
development projects in Europe and Asia.
Engineer from Australia
Benjamin created and earned for himself one of the most diverse
traineeship ever accomplished at Southern DataStream. His
primary focus was planning for the first-ever Caloosahatchee River
restoration project. But during his 6-month program
he also gained experience in water quality sampling standard operating
procedures, organized field trips, delivered
lectures to civic groups and school classes, served as a
project development liaison with state government agencies,
authored technical reports for research projects, analyzed ground
water dynamics data sets, and developed a new project scopes.
Upon returning to Australia, after his traineeship, he
quickly found employment with a world-class company that develops
geographic pathways and social impact plans for high speed rail
systems throughout the world.
Benjamin exploring his oxbow restoration site.
Sanjay testing new controllers and software.
Engineer from India
Sanjay is another of the exceptionally talented and hardworking
engineers that Southern DataStream has been fortunate to host.
As an electrical engineer from Illinois Institute of Technology,
Sanjay's contributions during his first 4-month program participation and his
second 6-month traineeship were
extremely critical to the field instrumentation and control
systems of the automatic water samplers. He is an engineer
who does it all: performs design calculations, builds and tests
prototypes, fabricates the production units, and then personally
installs the final systems... with enthusiasm. Together with
other skilled trainees, including Jurgen from Germany, designed and
samplers placed on farms near the Kissimmee River and Lake
Okeechobee. Sanjay's technical skills, demonstrated positive
attitude, high degree of focus, and absolute personal integrity
makes him the type of team member that any company would be
fortunate to hire.
Upon graduation from
Illinois Institute of Technology Sanjay was immediately offered a
design and development position with Motorola.
Engineer from Niger
Moctar led a team of trainees in the task of preparing the final
report to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for
the demonstration project at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research
Center. This 300-page report documented results from the
3-year project to study the effects of cattle grazing on pasture
lands runoff water quality. After completing his traineeship
at Southern DataStream, Moctar was hired to serve as the first
water utility engineer for Hendry County. In addition to his
responsibilities for designing water supply system for the
community of Port LaBelle, Moctar provides engineering services
for regional roads, bridges, and airport.
Moctar earned his Master of
Science from Utah State University Biological and Irrigation
Moctar reviewing his project report.
Rustam on his first snorkeling experience at the Pennekamp
State Park in the Florida Keys.
Industry Engineer from Tajikistan
Rustam is an engineer's engineer. His
curiosity and thirst for new knowledge and skills proved
endless. He embraced each new challenge as an opportunity to
learn and do. Rustam was equally capable and energetic with
mechanical design, CAD renderings, machine shop fabrication,
field equipment maintenance, electronics circuit analysis and
repair, power system maintenance, data acquisition systems and
software, GPS technology, and water quality sampling. On
each trip to the ranch experiment site, Rustam was the one trainee
still in the field focused intensely on his tasks when everyone
else (including Dr. Capece) was exhausted and ready to go
his undergraduate degree in Turkey, Rustam returned home to
Tajikistan where has started
a new company, Silkroad Science and Engineering, as a joint
venture with other former trainees and Dr. Capece. Its first local
project is described at www.OurWater.net/rotary.
Engineer from Morocco
Loubna came to SDS not directly from Morocco
but from France, where she attends Universite de Technologie de
Belfort-Montebeliard. She came with her best friend and
fellow engineering student Hanane for a 6-month traineeship.
Together they met the
challenges of their training in which they focused
on the power systems and control units of the 51 automatic water
samplers deployed at Kirton Ranch. Loubna developed
procedures for the maintenance and operations of the electrical
systems. Hanane and Loubna also were assigned to the water sampling
and other project training.
Loubna on a tour of the Disney
EPCOT Land Pavillion's agricultural technology facilities.
Tony calibrating sensors at Kirton Ranch.
Scientist from Connecticut
Versatility combined with high tech skills and
a "can-do" attitude made Tony invaluable to SDS
projects during his summer traineeship. He installed instruments,
programmed dataloggers, calibrated sensors, maintained telemetry
systems and improved the online databases. He also helped with
other aspects of the field experiments: water sample collection,
vegetation sampling, equipment maintenance, and anything else that
needed doing. As a student from Southern Connecticut State
University, Tony was the sole American within the group of 14
international program participants at SDS during the summer of 2003. He
is the type of person that Americans like to think we are...or can
After his 3-month taste of Florida, this Yankee
decided to move south and transfer to Florida
Gulf Coast University to complete his degree.
Engineer from India
Taking the summer off from studying at the
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Jay developed skills in network
and database administration at SDS for the summer of 2003.
While Jay is Indian by heritage, he is truly an international
citizen having grown up in Zambia.
Jay managed network and
domain security, maintained telemetry systems, set up MySQL
databases and created some online graphics
utilities that allow SDS scientists to monitor and visualize
far-off experiment sites in near real time, allowing the
scientists and technicians to focus on data analysis rather than
time-consuming data processing. His professionalism and
technical skills were far beyond those of your typical 21 year old
Jay bringing in his dinner.
Olha playing in the mud at Kirton
Ecologist from Ukraine
No job (or truck) was too large for Olha.
Olha arrived just when things started getting busy for the Kirton
Ranch project. With the summer rains came the task of
collecting surface and ground water samples and preparing them for
delivery to the University of Florida lab. Olha along with
other trainees refined and expanded the water quality sampling
standard operating procedures (SOP). During her 3-month
traineeship she also prepared
project progress and data reports for the South Florida Water
Olha came to SDS from University of Idaho
where she is pursuing a graduate degree in environmental science
as a Freedom Support Act Muskie
Scientist from Ghana
During his brief 2-month program, Paul
assisted with the treatment implementation, field activities, and
sampler maintenance of the experiments at the Kirton Ranch and
Chandler Ranch. His serious attitude to the training made him the most valuable
member of the research team in the Spring of 2003. Paul is a
true team player, never hesitant to take the major responsibilities alongside
Dr. Capece to make the projects succeed.
Upon completing his
traineeship Paul returned to Denmark to complete his degree
Paul checking the sampler at Candler Ranch.
Michela on a trip to NASA.
During her 14-month traineeship, Michela
documented the public interest issues and technical debates behind
the environmental projects pursued by Southern DataStream.
She researched and wrote newspaper and magazine articles as part
of the Watershed Council series. Michela
also dealt with projects for various non-profit organizations: AEL,
AWRA, and CRCA.
For the final months of her traineeship she served as the trainees'
Michela became a valued part of the community and was granted
membership in the LaBelle chapter of Rotary
International. Upon completion of her traineeship she
went on to employment in nearby Ft. Myers.
During her unprecedented 18-month program participation,
Jurate served as the data specialist for the MAERC project. She is
now married to an American, Eric Meister. She is now
employed in LaBelle as the GIS specialist for the Hendry County
Engineer (Road and Bridge Department). Jurate set the standard of patience, persistence and
attention to detail by which all other trainees are now
Her traineeship was extended to 18 months after she
demonstrated incredible dedication to the MAERC research project
during her initial traineeship. Wedding photos
are also posted for all her friends.
Jurate at the Chandler Slough project site.
Stefan on a cruise through the river oxbows.
Engineer from Germany
Stefan was a trainee of few words but
many lines of code. During his six months at SDS, Stefan
developed and installed the Kirton Ranch telemetry system and
created the associated online database. This was a key
contribution to the project that allows near real-time
visualization of the data collection systems for the project
weather stations, sensors, and 51 automated water samplers.
Upon completing his degree, Stefan obtained US permanent residency
and returned to LaBelle to continue his professional
Engineer from Indonesia
Before finishing the last year of he graduate
degree at Oklahoma State University, Novry undertook a summer
traineeship at SDS. She managed traineeship marketing and
application processing, including the development of database
resources. Novry also conducted legal research to create
agreement language and documents.
completing her degree Novry returned to LaBelle, where she is now
employed by the Country Home and Land company, analyzing
business operations and designs and developing technological support
Novry at Tyrell Gardens in LaBelle.
Ramy with Astronaut Jon McBride at NASA.
Engineer from Lebanon
During his 3-month program participation, Ramy focused on
the maintenance and redesign of the SDS automatic water samplers.
He conducted maintenance and equipment installation tasks at the
research project site (Kirton Ranch). Ramy also studied the
use of the CR10 dataloggers and developed software for integrating
various electronic sensors into hydrological monitoring stations.
His last assignment was to
initiate testing of the SDS prototype samplers at the University
of Florida Department of Agricultural Engineering laboratories in
Engineer from Colombia
During her 3-month
traineeship Catalina made important contributions to SDS projects
while she grew in her professional skills and confidence.
Catalina's primary project was to learn about and assist with water quality sampling
procedures (SOPs) for Kirton Ranch. She accomplished
this cooperating in parnership with another environmental engineering
trainee, Elif Songun from Turkey. These formal procedures are
required for all government-funded research projects. In addition
to developing the methods, Catalina selected and purchase all the
necessary sampling and measurement equipment. Catalina collect the
first set of ground water samples from the 51 wells at the Kirton
Upon completion of her
traineeship, Catalina continued with languages studies in Miami and
then returned to Colombia, where she presented her project results
and received her engineering degree.
Catalina Barreneche at the
Yaw Sun in Key West
served as a trainee for 3 months, but it probably seemed longer
than that to him given all the training challengeshe took on. He contributed to
the Kirton Ranch project. Along with a team of other
trainees, Yaw Sun helped install the 51 water samplers and
addition to his field activities, Yaw Sun developed a report
comparing mathematical methods for estimating evapotranspiration
from weather parameters as part of the FHANTM hydrological
modeling project. He also studied the XP-SWMM hydraulic
model in preparation for a new engineering design study.
Yaw Sun was
perhaps the most devoted trainee ever hosted by Southern
DataStream. Yaw Sun's unique ability to excel at both his
field activities and his hydrological analysis project proved that
this young engineer will let no obstacle stand in the way of his
the record for departing with more baggage than any other trainee.
But she had good reason for the extra boxes and suitcases...Aigba
had to pack all the necessary supplies for her wedding scheduled
only weeks after her return home.
3-month traineeship, Aigba managed SDS finances and trained other
program participants as well. She learned how to use standard U.S. small
business accounting software and how to prepare federal and state
tax forms for non-profit and for-profit corporations. Aigba
also took time to become involved in the community by
participating in the local church groups.
Aigba at her campus in Ghana.
Carlos in the SDS workshop with Volkan.
Engineer from Brazil
Carlos accomplished much during his 12 months with SDS. He
arrived with marginal English skills but departed with an
excellent command of the language. Carlos came to Florida
with his cousin Edward and his friend Nicolai. Together they
designed and built the electronic control units for the SDS water
samplers and also assembled the flume systems prior to their
installation at the Kirton Ranch water quality project site.
He also developed the preliminary conceptual design for the
hydrological instrumentation telemetry system.
other engineering projects, including development of a sugarcane
freeze prediction and mapping system for the U.S. Sugar
Corporation. As part of this effort, Carlos trained
himself in the operation of the ArcView GIS software system.
His last project was the creation of a road and bridge assets
valuation and management system for the regional governmental
addition to the group of of his peers represented an attempt to
diversify the SDS emphasis on engineers by promoting attention to
sociological and political aspects of the training.
Nick developed a seminar series in which all trainees presented
both the technical and social aspects of their traineeship
experience. His personal seminar, coincidentally scheduled
for September 11, 2001 provided an opportunity for the group of 15
SDS trainees to gather and discuss events of the day and attempt to
make sense of this terrible event in U.S. and international
technical contribution to SDS was the development and submission
of a project and grant proposal for a mentorship program between
local school students and the SDS program participants. Nick firmly
believes that his experience with SDS opened up new professional
opportunities to him upon his return home.
Nick enjoying a weekend boat trip on the Caloosahatchee River.
Marlene, always focused on the task at hand at her desk.
Engineer from France
3-month training, Marlene Canetti produced the C-11653 official
work plan and DEP quality assurance plan. Both are standard
government documents required of all
environmental research projects in Florida.
assignment required that she learn all aspects of the research
project and integrate those plans with existing regulations of the
Florida Department of Environmental Regulation and the South
Florida Water Management District.
Engineer from Brazil
one of those people who can't help but smile and thus turn any
situation into a positive experience. Such an unflapable
positive attitude is particularly helpful when facing the
challenge to design and construct 55 hydrological measurement
flumes and samplers. Together with Stephane from
Thiago started the process which eventually led to the
establishment of the nationally-unique hydrological research
facility at Kirton Ranch (www.residuals.ws).
traineeship also demonstrated and further developed his unique
talent for creating teaching tools and instructional materials as
exemplified by his attention to detailed process descriptions as
shown in his flume website.
Thiago (right) with trainee extraordinaire Stefan from Switzerland.
Andrea at an SDS trainee reunion in Brazil.
months Andrea was a hydraulics trainee handling a variety of training assignments. Initially Andrea restored a set of
hydrological monitoring stations at the MacArthur Agroecology
Research Center. He replaced and calibrated all the
proximity and pump sensors. Next, Andrea and another trainee, Olli
Neumann, developed the core hydraulic design concept for the SDS
automatic water samplers.
Andrea was then given a very
challenging assignment, to develop a hydraulics model of the
stormwater runoff in the City of Cape Coral, known as the American
Venice because of its extensive network of canals. This
project, conducted in cooperation using the XP-SWMM model,
resulted in Andrea being offered a professional-level permanent
job at Boyle Engineering Corporation, another partner in the Cape
However, Andrea was determined to build his
career back home. Andrea is now gainfully employed as a
hydraulic modeling engineer in Italy...except when he is traveling
throughout the world visiting some of his former trainee colleagues
and friends from his days at SDS.
Engineer from Ghana
2000 and again 2004-2005
the perfect example of determination overcoming all. When
posed with a formidable assignment to develop graphical
applications for the Palm OS platform, Isaac focused like a laser
beam on acquiring the specific skills required to meet the project
goals. Isaac was based in Gainesville for much of his
program where he cooperated with another trainee,
Ronald Hellriegel from Germany.
Upon completing his
training program, Isaac returned to Denmark to complete his Masters
degree. He then returned to Florida in 2004 for a
second traineeship as the IT manager for Southern DataStrean and as
a GIS analyst for the Hendry County Engineering office.
Isaac...ready to take on the world.
Claudia snorkeling in the Florida Keys.
Engineer from Italy
Claudia served as an engineer for six months. She is one
the most exceptional trainees ever hosted by SDS.
An incredibly dedicated, meticulous engineer and researcher, Claudia
also was the perfect housemate to the other trainees...a great cook
and always seeking travel and adventure.
Claudia's first assignment was to develop the literature review
and work plan for the C-11653 project for the South Florida Water
Management District. This assignment required that she spend
a month at the University of Florida in Gainesville so as to have
access to their library resources.
Upon returning to LaBelle
and completing the training plan, Claudia then began undertook on the
Cape Coral XP-SWMM model training assignment. She cooperated with Andrea on
this effort until her departure.
Geographer from England
Someone had to be the first trainee and it was Catherine.
During her 8-month program participation, Catherine produced the video
documenting the UF-SDS project at Buck Island Ranch for the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection. She handled a variety
of other projects including the creation of a web page for the CYDA
school in Clewiston.
After completing her traineeship she was
hired to become a certified teacher for
the Hendry County School District. She returned to England
after marrying another former SDS program participant. In October, 2003,
the couple had a son. The new family now lives in London.
Catherine and husband, former
program participant Edward from Brazil.