Keynote Speaker

Great Salt Lake: From Afterthought to Asset

Portrait of Hamid Sharif

Rob Sowby

Brigham Young University

Abstract and Biography


Great Salt Lake has been at its lowest level in decades, imperiling regional ecosystems, air quality, and economies. Reversing the decline may be the grand challenge of the decade for the Intermountain West, taking a coordinated effort of policy, planning, and especially engineering. From pipes to sensors to databases, engineering solutions are playing a major role in its immediate recovery and its long-term health. Once an afterthought of water priorities, Great Salt Lake is now being elevated to the status of a precious asset.


Dedicated to advancing sustainable water resources, Dr. Rob Sowby is a licensed professional engineer with expertise in the planning, design, construction, and operation of water systems. At BYU he is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, where he teaches environmental engineering, urban water infrastructure, and water treatment. He mentors students in the Sustainability Lab, which launched in 2021 to address interdisciplinary research needs in sustainable infrastructure. Dr. Sowby studied civil engineering at Brigham Young University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah and practiced for 10 years in industry before coming to BYU. His other interests include business, German literature, and classical music.

i-ETC 2023 Committee

Executive Chairs

Portrait of Stephen Schultz (BYU)

Stephen Schultz

General Chair

Portrait of Rose Hu (USU)

Todd Moon

General Co-Chair

Portrait of Taher Deemyad (USU)

Taher Deemyad

General Co-Chair

Portrait of Mohammad A.S. Masoum (UVU)

Mohammad A.S. Masoum

Advisory Board Chair

Portrait of Mohammad A.S. Masoum (UVU)

Neil Harrison

Advisory Board

Portrait of Kelly Flanagan (UVU)

Kelly Flanagan

Advisory Board

Program Chairs

Barry Lunt

Barry Lunt

Technology Co-Chair


Spencer Guthrie Engineering Chair (BYU)

Spencer Guthrie

Engineering Chair 

Portrait of Brad Whitaker (MSU)

Brad Whitaker

Engineering Co-Chair
(Montana State University)

Portrait of Tyler Bird

Tyler Bird

Technology Chair

Portrait of Jingpeng Tang (UVU)

Jingpeng Tang

Computing Chair

Portrait of John Edwards (USU)

John Edwards

Computing Co-Chair

Portrait of Khaled Shaaban (USU)

Khaled Shaaban

Education Chair
(Engineering, Technology and Computing)

Supporting Chairs and Organizing Committee Members

Portrait of Jana Featherstone

Jana Featherstone

Local Arrangements


Portrait of Dan Hatch (UVU)

Dan Hatch 

Web Chair


Portrait of Belle Edwards (UVU)

Belle Edwards

Web Intern


Portrait of Stefan Harlan

Stefan Harlan

Sponsorship Chair & Industry Liaison



Portrait of  Dawn Burgess (UVU)

Dawn Burgess 

Registration Chair


Portrait of Ehsan Rohani (UVU)

Ehsan Rohani

Publication Chair

Portrait of Mohammad Shekaramiz (UVU)

Mohammad Shekaramiz

IEEE Liaison


Portrait of Shanker Shrestha

Shanker Shrestha

IEEE Representative

Portrait of Dan Donahoe

Dan Donahoe

IEEE Representative

Portrait of Todd Palmer

Todd Palmer


Conference Technical Committee

Mohammad A.S. Masoum 
Utah Valley University, USA 

Wei Wang
San Diego State University, USA

Syed Islam
Federation University, Australia

Regan Zane
Utah State University, USA

Zann Anderson
Utah Valley University, USA

Xiangjing Su
Shanghai University of Electric Power, China

Sara Deilami
Macquarie University, Australia

Keyue Smedley
University of California, Irvine, USA

Larry Zeng
Utah Valley University, USA

Dan Donahoe
Chair of IEEE Utah Section

Shanker Shrestha
Vice Chair IEEE Utah Section

Udhaya Kumar Dayalan
Director of Academia, INCOSE Northstar Chapter

Paul Moses
University of Oklahoma, USA

Farhad Shahnia
Murdoch University, Australia  

Peter Wolfs
Central Queensland University, Australia

Adel Ali
St. Cloud State University, USA

Reza Razzaghi
Monash University, Australia

Kim Brown
Utah Valley University, USA

Ahmed Abu-Siada
Curtin University, Australia

Yaser Derakhshandeh
Shahrekord University, Iran

Dongsheng Brian Ma
University of Texas at Dallas

Chad Kidder
Past Chair IEEE Utah Section

Rose Hu
IEEE Fellow, Utah State University, USA

Neil Harrison
Utah Valley University, USA

Mahdi Bojnordi
University of Utah, USA

Baigen Cai
Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Yuri Tijerino
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Daryoush Habibi
Edith Cowan University, Australia

Ali Karrech
University of Western Australia, Australia

S. M. Muyeen
Curtin University, Australia 

Tyler Bird
Utah Valley University, USA

Cynthia Furse
IEEE Fellow, University of Utah, USA

Dan Christensen
Chair IEEE Senior Member Elevation

Jacob Gunther
IEEE Senior Member, Utah State University, USA