One of Riverside’s current NASA projects to be highlighted at Annual Team Meeting

Riverside Principal Jay Day will have the opportunity to speak about our project “Advancing Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin for Improved Decision Making” when he attends the NASA Applied Sciences Program Water Resources’ Annual Team Meeting on April 26-28 at the NOAA National Water Center on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, AL.

All current projects in the NASA Applied Sciences Program Water Resources’ portfolio will be discussed, along with additional presentations from the Water Resources community, NOAA National Water Center, and other stakeholders. Dr. Day’s presentation is Wednesday, April 27 at 9:55am.

In 2015, Riverside was awarded a NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) contract to implement a distributed hydrologic model in the Colorado River Basin, utilize satellite precipitation, and perform snow data assimilation to improve the water supply forecasts used by water managers and operators throughout the western United States. Riverside is working with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC), Denver Water, the Dolores Water Conservancy District, and Utah State University on this enhanced forecast system that will be used to produce ensemble hindcasts that allow for the objective comparison of different operating rules and their impact on water management performance objectives. Water managers throughout the basin will then be able to apply the same approach to produce improved water supply forecasts. For more details, see http://www.riverside.com/Portals/1/rsProjectFlyers/NASA%20ROSES-Colorado-Colorado%20Basin.pdf.

Riverside joins effort to boost a climate-resilient economy at The Collider

Riverside Technology is pleased to join the Asheville, North Carolina climate data and environmental intelligence community by participating in The Collider, a facility designed to accelerate an emerging climate colliderlogo_color_horizontalresilient economy by bringing together scientists,
engineers, business,
investors, suppliers, students, and potential customers within a climate technology work space. Key to the success of The Collider is the collaborative relationship with and close proximity to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), located just down the street. NCEI houses the world’s largest archive of climate and environmental data and employs close to 400 scientists and technologists. The concept behind The Collider is to help businesses commercialize these data (getting help from scientists to understand it) to develop products and services related to climate change adaptation and resilience. In driving innovation and creating jobs, The Collider answers President Obama’s challenge for private investment in climate action. Riverside is honored to participate in these ongoing climate resilience science and business activities. For more information on The Collider program, visit www.thecollider.org.

Where in the world are Riverside employees?

At any given point, Riverside employees can be found out and about – in the field working on a project, meeting with potential clients to better understand how we can help them, or attending workshops and conferences as a means to continue furthering our knowledge and maintain our role as an industry leader in the design and implementation of integrated scientific, engineering, and IT solutions. This week is no exception.

Riverside’s President and CEO, Larry Brazil, is attending the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 2016 Washington Form, where he’ll meet with senior federal agency officials, congressional staff, and other community members to hear about the status of current programs, learn about new initiatives, identify business opportunities, and share about Riverside’s latest interests and endeavors. The Forum’s 2016 theme is “Leveraging Environmental Intelligence to Enhance Risk Management” and takes place Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14 in Washington, D.C. For more information, see https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/2016-ams-washington-forum/

Also, a handful of Riverside employees will be in Nashville, Tennessee for the Tennessee Valley Authority River Science Conference 2016, which is put on in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 25th Tennessee Water Resources Symposium. Water Resources Engineer Gabe Miller will present “TVA’s New Hydrology Model” on Tuesday, April 12 from 8:40-9:50 a.m., and Jay Day, a Riverside Principal, is the featured dinner speaker later that night. For more information, see http://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/2016/TVA_Flyer.pdf, and for a schedule of events, see http://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/2016/TVAConfAgenda.pdf.

Riverside heads to Tennessee for the TVA-AWRA River Science Conference

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in cooperation with the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Tennessee Section, is hosting an advanced program to share recent research and development findings regarding their river management mission. The program, called the River Science Conference 2016, will be held in Nashville on April 11 and 12. TVA will have the opportunity to discuss the wide range of their new tools that could potentially benefit water suppliers, regulators, floodplain managers, small dam owners, biologists, researchers, policy makers, and river users.

TVA is a Riverside client, and we’re happy to have been asked to participate in this educational event. Water Resources Engineer Gabe Miller will present “TVA’s New Hydrology Model” on Tuesday, April 12 from 8:40-9:50 a.m., and Jay Day, a Riverside Principal, is the featured dinner speaker later that night.

For more information, see http://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/2016/TVA_Flyer.pdf, and for a schedule of events, see http://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/2016/TVAConfAgenda.pdf.

Employee Focus: Jeff Ditty

JeffreyJeffrey Best Kwon Ditty came to Riverside in 2014 as a water resources engineer and has greatly increased the frequency of laughter and practical jokes on the technical side of the the Riverside office. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Colorado State University. He is married to his wife, Jessica, and they recently welcomed their new baby daughter, Adalyn Rose. Jeff is also a member of our illustrious basketball team, the River Rats, which went 5-3 last season and is off to a good start this season, too.

1. What three traits describe you?

Dare-devilish, persistent, silly

2. What are you most excited or passionate about in your career?

I love the aspect of propelling civil engineering into the future via automated software systems. I think Riverside is doing an amazing job in carving the path for this dream to come true. The diversity of solutions we present for a given project is astounding.

3. What do you find most challenging about your job?

I like to work on all the projects, so finding balance among the projects can be hard.

4. What are your favorite things to do when you’re not at work?

There is a huge list, but currently the main things are: StarCraft II Legacy of the Void, hanging with my daughter and wife, sports (all of them, especially ping pong, football, and basketball), and nerding out.

5. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I was a dead mice cleaner upper.

6. Did you have a nickname growing up? If so, what was it, and how did you get it?

I had two: J-Kwon, because people thought it was funny to call me after the rapper who made the song “Tipsy;” and Diddy Kong, the character from “Donkey Kong.” I always wore a hat, my last name is Ditty and my middle name is Kwon, so it sounded exactly the same!

7. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

If I could do anything without regard to expenses, I would be a daredevil and wear the flying squirrel suits. BECAUSE 120 MPH IS AWESOME!

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Someday, Jeff may get to realize his dream of donning a squirrel suit.

8. Who lives in your house (people, pets, etc.)?

My daughter, Adalyn Rose Ditty, and my wife, Jessica Ditty. Plus a bunch of rabbits in the yard. But if they eat my vegetables this year…

9. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have jumped off a two-story building to the ground due to a dare. The prize was a Yu-Gi-Oh trading card ! Also, I used to be ranked in the Top 100 in the United States for Yu-Gi-Oh! card playing tournaments.

10. If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, who makes the guest list?

  • Jesus, because duh.
  • Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, because he was a brilliant philosopher who stated that the ends justify the means. I need to hear it from the source as to why and then debate it!
  • My wife
  • John Locke or Rene Decartes, because both of them state that “the end justifies the means” is relative to the people. So I would like to hear that side and witness the fight against Machiavelli!

WAIT, WE HAVE TO ASSUME THAT THEY CAN ALL SPEAK ENGLISH! OR ELSE I AM IN TROUBLE!

11. What kind of music do you listen to?

Everything! But right now I am really into the Christian hip-hop artists Lecrae and Flame. And if the Eminem song “When I’m Gone” comes on, I just have to rap to it!

12. What is the greatest achievement you’ve accomplished in your life so far?

My marriage to my wife, and my baby surviving more than four months with me as her papa.

13. You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they?

Bibimbap, a Korean dish with veggies, rice, and eggs. Then pineapple, especially if I can grill it. That’ll ward off scurvy. Then fish! I love fish, especially salmon. It’d be important to keep up on omegas, fats, and protein.

14. Tell us your favorite joke.

Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

  1. If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A ping pong table. Or endless Skittles.