Our mission is to strengthen communities by improving social and environmental conditions through research and collaboration.


At CAESER, we’re rooted in academia, but not limited by it. Our center is comprised of industry professionals, University faculty and highly-motivated students — all working together to build resources for data-driven decision making.

We give students, from the undergraduate to doctoral levels, hands-on experience within a diverse, multidisciplinary environment that prepares them to standout in the work force.



Brian Waldron

Scott Schoefernacker
Associate Director of Water

Sarah Houston
Associate Director of Education & Outreach

Mary DuBose
Associate Director of Geographic Analysis

Stephanie Ivey
Associate Director of Transportation & Logistics

Rodrigo Villalpando-Vizcaíno
Water Project Assistant

Luz Gray
Business Officer

Mary Yaeger
Post Doctoral Fellow

Affiliate Faculty

Farhad Jazaei
Civil Engineering

engineering faculty

Martin Lipinski
Civil Engineering

Aaron Robinson
Civil Engineering

engineering faculty

Kevin Berisso
Engineering Technology

Arleen Hill
Earth Science

Dan Larsen
Earth Science

Deborah Leslie
Earth Science

Alistair Windsor
Mathematical Sciences

Ernie Nichols
Supply Chain Management 

Leah Wells 
Institute for Intelligent Systems

Advisory Council

A volunteer group of community members providing impactful opinions, perspectives, and recommendations.

  • Ward Archer, Protect Our Aquifer
  • Joe Armstrong, City of Memphis
  • Tom Charlier, ALSAC St. Jude
  • Prabhaker Clement, Center for Water Quality Research, University of Alabama
  • Justin Entzminger, Innovate Memphis
  • Travis Green, Shelby County Register of Deeds
  • Raaj Kurapati, University of Memphis
  • Tommy Pacello, Memphis Medical District Collaborative
  • Courtney Skipper, Shelby County Schools
  • Jim Speakman, EnSafe

Looking to join the team? Check out our open positions.