Robert B. Sowby, Ph.D., P.E.

Special Advisor

Dr. Robert B. Sowby advises HAL on special projects. He has more than 10 years of experience in surface water and groundwater resources, hydraulics, hydrology, water supply, stormwater, and drinking water. Combining research and consulting experience, Dr. Sowby has contributed to over 200 water projects throughout North America. He offers particular expertise in the planning, modeling, and operation of drinking water systems.

Dr. Sowby has lectured and published nationally on urban water cycles, water system optimization, and the water–energy nexus. He received an M.Eng. in civil and environmental engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Brigham Young University. During his doctoral research at the University of Utah, he studied the energy requirements of public water supply and developed a public database of the results. His other interests include classical music, business, German literature, and travel (50 states + 27 countries and counting). Dr. Sowby was the 2020 recipient ASCE’s Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members.

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