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Environment / Sustainability

James Tindall to speak about water security

March 21, 2012

On World Water Day 2012, James Tindall, Ph.D., author of 'Water Security: Conflicts, Threats, Policies,' will speak about the reality of threats to water distribution systems and developing solutions to these threats.

Tindall is working to empower water managers, policy makers, economists, and risk analysis and security professionals to develop real solutions to water-security problems.Thursday, March 22
4-5 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Grey Rock Room

World Water Day 2012 focuses on water and food security. James Tindall, Ph.D., author of Water Security: Conflicts, Threats, Policies and an expert on global security issues, is the keynote speaker for World Water Day at Colorado State. 

The event is being sponsored by the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action and is free and open to the public.

An amazing breadth of experience

Tindall was raised on Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in the Florida Everglades and has worked in a variety of positions including strategist, chief technology officer, scientist for the USGS National Research Program, and vice president for a large consulting firm.

A veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the military intelligence field, he holds B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and M.A. degrees - the latter and most recent in International Security Studies from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

Public and policy makers invited

Tindall will address the public, policy makers, and planners in his talk. His expertise come out of extensive work in science and technologies relevant to global security issues such as:

  • Deconvolution processes to identify plant types from airborne platforms for drug enforcement,
  • Strategic sustainability, and
  • Sector interdependencies involving water, energy, agriculture and food, commodity supply lines, other key resources, and even effects of primary, secondary, and tertiary targeting.

His work also has included intelligence, forecasting resource changes, security strategy, vulnerability analysis and risk assessment, operational resiliency, and continuity of operations at country and global scales, especially related to economic effects due to cascading failures of large systems.

Tindall also has participated in the Middle East peace process and worked extensively in these areas: nationally, in China, Europe (Germany, Hungary, and Romania), and Latin America in El Salvador, as well as large city governments in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Technical adviser, professor

He served as a technical advisor for Romania on environmental protocols in that country’s attempt to join the European Union, which was successful in January 2007. Academically, he has served as major professor and chair for 28 graduate students who received their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees under his tutelage, currently directs 10 additional Ph.D. students, has mentored over 1,000 upper level and graduate students, and counseled and advised more than 400 professionals.

In the spirit of entrepreneurship, he also has founded and run several small businesses. His friends fondly refer to him as "the man who never sleeps."


Contact: Sarah
E-mail: smyoung@rams.colostate.edu
Phone: 970.261.7069