Director of the NOAA
National Water Center (NWC)
Edward Clark is the Director of the NOAA National Water Center (NWC) in Tuscaloosa, AL, and Deputy Director of the National Weather Service Office of Water Prediction (OWP). In his role, Ed oversees operations at the NWC, supports the management and strategic direction of the OWP, and facilitates collaborative efforts to evolve NOAA’s water prediction capabilities with federal, academic and private partners, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), among others.
Ed most recently served as the Director of OWP’s Geo-Intelligence Division (GID) based at NWC. He co-chairs the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) Subcommittee on Spatial Water Data, which is charged with leading the Open Water Data Initiative by the Federal Geographic Data Committee. He works closely with multiple Federal agency partners, including USGS, USACE and FEMA, on a variety of work associated with the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS) consortium. Prior to serving as the GID Director within OWP, Ed served in NWS Headquarters as the National Flash Flood Service Leader in the Analyze, Forecast, and Support Office. Prior to his tenure at NWS HQ, he served more than seven years as an operational hydrologic forecaster, working as a Senior Hydrologist at the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center in Salt Lake City.
Ed is a Civil Engineer by training with an emphasis in water resources and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah. Despite his professional upbringing in the Rocky Mountains and an extensive background of work that includes serving as a field instructor for snow and avalanche dynamics, Ed is pleased to be making his home in Tuscaloosa.
Steven Dicks, PHD
Information Technology Bureau Chief
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Geography from the University of Florida. After receiving his doctorate in 1986 Steve worked at the Louisiana State University Remote Sensing and Image Processing laboratory. In 1987 he took the position of Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Manager at the Southwest Florida Water Management District where he oversaw the implementation of an enterprise Esri-based GIS. In this position he led the implementation of geospatial information technologies and an extensive data collection program that included geodetic surveying, aerial imagery, and topographic and thematic mapping. In 2011 Steve moved into the role of Chief Information Officer at the District where he oversees information technology for all business and scientific computing systems.
Steve will be discussing how geospatial technologies serve as core components of the District’s information technology, data collection, data management and water management activities.
CIO District of Columbia Water
Sewer Authority (DC Water)
Thomas Kuczynski is the Chief Information Officer for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Mr. Kuczynski joined DC Water in August 2013 and heads up an IT team of 60 individuals and a $20 million budget to develop applications that support customer services and operations, and provide technical support to help employees do their jobs.
Mr. Kuczynski has more than 38 years of experience in Information Technology including nearly 30 years at Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) in two separate terms of employment. Prior to joining DC Water, Mr. Kuczynski was Senior Vice President, Strategic and Information Services for PGW managing Strategic Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Information Services and Internal Auditing. In his first employment at PGW, he led development efforts for the company's customer information system, credit and collections, automated meter reading, work management and distribution leak tracking.
He has also worked for Pacific Gas & Electric's National Energy Group as Director of Technology Strategic Planning and Architecture, and for Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Delaware where he provided IT Strategic Planning Services to the Energy Supply Group.
Mr. Kuczynski is a graduate of La Salle College of Philadelphia and the Executive MBA program at University of Maryland University College.