April 2017 eNews

NMSU Graduate Students Attend Workshop on Securing a Sustainable Water Future for the Paso Del Norte Region (continued)

Much of the March meeting focused on a series of planned engagements with regional water stakeholders intended for late summer 2017 to present and discuss modeling results. Those workshops will center on the theme of drought and climate adaptation to achieve the following goals:

  1. present model validation results for the Bucket Model as well as demonstrate the model
    with historical data on water supplies and use for the period 1993-2012;
  2. present model results for a series of projected climate scenarios and use the results
    as a platform for discussion of climate, water supply, and water demand;
  3. introduce the user interface, by which stakeholders can experiment with alternative climate
    scenarios as well as policy responses of their choosing; and
  4. discover what kinds of policy responses stakeholders would like to see to guide
    future model development.

NM WRRI Publishes Report on Potable Water Reuse in Medium-Sized Communities (continued)

The report abstract summarizes the project:

Planned potable water reuse can improve the reliability of water supplies by providing drinking water from wastewater. While the US government predicts near-term conflict over water in numerous small-to-medium-size arid inland communities, knowledge gaps exist regarding the cost of potable reuse for this context, making it difficult for water managers to understand the feasibility of options. This research aims to inform decision-making about potable reuse in small-to-medium-size arid inland communities by estimating the total present worth of several indirect and direct potable reuse treatment scenarios. We find that the present worth for indirect potable reuse is substantially higher than for direct potable reuse because of additional pumping and piping requirements, and scenarios including reverse osmosis for advanced treatment have significantly higher present worth values than those including ozone/biological activated carbon. Costs aside, any scenario must also be acceptable to regulators and the public and approvable from a water rights perspective.


NMSU’s College of ACES Dean Flores receives KSU’s Outstanding Alumni Award (continued)

“For me, the award means a lot,” Flores said. “First of all, it’s my alma mater. I did work on my dissertation there and I later taught grain science and was involved in their international grain program. This recognition is very rewarding. Also, it’s a very strong recognition for our college and very prestigious for NMSU. It’s a great recognition from the only formal grain science program in the U.S.”

Flores earned his Ph.D. in Grain Science at KSU in 1989, becoming one of only six Ph.D.s in grain milling in the world at the time. His areas of research included processing systems simulation, economic feasibility studies of processing operations, product quality, and heat and temperature movement in stored grain.

Flores’ career was heavily influenced by his time at KSU, which included several professional posts.

From 1988-1990 at KSU, he taught the Management Factor in Milling Technology II in the Department of Grain Science and Industry. He taught the Processing Factor in the Agroindustrial Project Analysis Short Course, as well as Grain Storage and Marketing; Grain Grading, Storage and Handling. During that time Flores went to Haiti as a leader of a technical assistance team to evaluate the milling operations of La Minoterie D’Haiti.

From 1990-1993, Flores worked in the Cooperative Extension Service’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at KSU as an assistant professor and Food Engineering Extension Specialist. He developed and implemented programs to provide information and technical assistance to food producers and processors related to the design, selection, maintenance and utilization of processing equipment for enhancing agricultural products for food and non-food markets.

During that time, Flores also pursued funds for and directed the construction and operation of the Kansas Value-Added Thermal Processing Laboratory at KSU. He taught milling simulation and management short courses in the Department of Grain Science and Industry and conducted research on wheat processing, adding value to low-grade agricultural products, the development of thermoplastics from wheat and corn starch, the uses of foodservice processing waste, and the measurement of physical properties of biomaterials.

Flores later worked as an associate professor at KSU from 1996-2001 and held the G.M. Ross Professorship. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in grain milling engineering, grain processing and mill management systems. Flores conducted research on the simulation and optimization of the wheat milling process, dry/wet sorghum milling, waste/residues from food industries, and the utilization of grain processing byproducts. He also taught grain processing courses in Mexico and Chile.