E. Rafael Rivera-Weaver
Dr. Rivera has extensive experience with solving problems. He has an innate ability to see broader perspectives to formulate creative solutions. Thus, he is primarily an inventor. He learns tools quickly, and applies processes in unique and innovative ways.He BETA tested the original Environmental Protection Agency's StormWater Management Model (SWMM) while under development at the University of Florida, and has remained involved with its continued development. He has solved a wide variety of critical flooding issues in Florida. Currently, Hillsborough County's SWMM program activities include obtaining FEMA approval for using their revised edition in flood plain delineation.
Creating Solutions: Dr. Rivera reviews staff expertise and company resources to create better techniques for attaining goals. His team building skills have been successful in classroom settings, for volunteer service learning, and professional offices. He is inspired by long-reaching issues such as community education and community infrastructure.
SWMM Model Analysis: Dr. Rivera has the technical skills to investigate the impacts of new infrastructure to improve construction. Flood studies for existing land owners have shown quantitatively that construction on adjacent waterways can directly impact exiting site water levels. Model results often increase existing buildable land areas. Several court judges have reversed Florida State construction policies based on his analysis.
Integrated Patent Development: Dr. Rivera has prepared and completed several patent searches, drawings, and applications in urban sustainability technologies. He easily comprehends inventions to assist with complete prototyping and patenting.
General Civil Design: Dr. Rivera has integrated computer applications to compile GIS data, prepare CAD drawings and completed legal exhibits for instant digital submittal via broadband technologies.
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
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