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Power Generation University has assembled and continues to seek out the brightest and most innovative professionals to serve as university faculty.
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Brad Buecker

Brad Buecker is a Process Specialist with Kiewit Power Engineers, Lenexa, Kansas. He has nearly 30 years of experience in or affiliated with the power industry, much of it in steam generation chemistry, makeup and cooling water treatment, air quality control, and results engineering positions with City Water, Light & Power (Springfield, Illinois) and Kansas City Power & Light Company’s (La Cygne, Kansas) station. Brad has an A.A. in pre-engineering from Springfield College in Illinois and a B.S. in chemistry from Iowa State University, with additional course work in fluid mechanics, material and energy balances, and advanced inorganic chemistry. He is a contributing editor for Power Engineering, and has written many articles and three books for PennWell on steam generation topics. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the ASME Research Committee on Power Plant & Environmental Chemistry.

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Rebecca Rowe

Rebecca Rowe is a science and technology media specialist and writer. She has developed user training materials, conducted "train-the-trainer" courses and facilitated companywide training program rollouts. She has also been a contributor to Power Engineering Magazine and Renewable Energy World North America Magazine. She is committed to business-friendly, renewable energy solutions and is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her education includes a Master's in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master's in Mass Communications from the University of Denver.

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Willard B. Smith, P.E., CFM

Mr. Smith holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an AAS in mechanical technology from S.U.N.Y. at Morrisville. He is a registered civil engineer in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Wyoming, and he is a certified floodplain manager.

Mr. Smith is President of Hydropower International Services Inter-National Consultancy, L.L.C. (HISINC, L.L.C.) which was formed in 2000, as a private consulting firm to provide engineering services, including Project Management, Project Identification Missions, Feasibility Studies, Design, and Construction Management for mini-, small, and medium hydroelectric generating projects, and other hydrologic and hydraulic engineering services both domestically and internationally.

Previous to creating his own consulting firm, Mr. Smith was a Senior Project Manager and Manager of the Benham-Holway Power Group for over 25 years.

Mr. Smith was presented the 1996 Newsmaker Award from Engineering News Record and was listed in International Who’s Who of Professionals in 1995. He is the recipient of the NHA 2008 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Smith was awarded the Charles Don Ellison Memorial Award from the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association in recognition of long-term contributions of leadership and support to the advancement of floodplain management in Oklahoma. In November 2009, Mr. Smith was recognized by the International Water Power & Dam Construction’s list as one of the 60 most influential people who have helped shape the course of the global hydropower and dam business in the world over the past 60 years.

Mr. Smith was President of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) from 1988-1989 and was an active member of NHA's Board of Directors for over five years (1984-1989). He also served as Vice President, Creator and Chairman of both the FERC Committee and the International Committee and represented NHA as a technical specialist on on CORECT Trade Missions to the Caribbean Basin (1987), to the Pacific Rim (1990, 1991, and 1993) and to Panama (1994). He is also Chair of the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association for 2007-2008. Mr. Smith was also chosen to represent National Hydropower Association as a technical specialist.

Mr. Smith was educated as a hydrologist, and has used this expertise in the development of many hydroelectric projects