Lindell Ormsbee

University of Kentucky

Dr. Lindell Ormsbee is the Earl Parker Robinson Chair for Sustainability and the Environment in the University of Kentucky (USA) Pigman College of Engineering, and a senior faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering. Over his 40-year career he has also served in various research administration roles, including the director of the Kentucky Water Research Institute, the director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, the director of the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment, and the associate director of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center. Dr. Ormsbee is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kentucky (USA), a licensed professional hydrologist with the American Academy of Hydrology, and a board-certified expert in water resources engineering with the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the Environment and Water Resources Institute.

Dr. Ormsbee’s past research efforts have focused on the application of systems analysis methods to complex problems in water resources and environmental systems with a particular focus on stormwater management, water distribution, water treatment, and stakeholder engagement. During the 1980s-90s he worked with Dr. Don Wood at the University of Kentucky in translating water distribution system research into an internationally successful commercial software package (KYPIPE) for use in analyzing water distribution infrastructure. Over the last ten years, Dr. Ormsbee has been working with numerous impoverished communities in eastern Kentucky in helping them address critical wastewater and drinking water infrastructure issues. He is also leading an effort to revise and update all training manuals for use in certifying water and wastewater utility operators in the state of Kentucky.

Dr. Ormsbee will be speaking on: “The Unique Challenges of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Mountainous Areas of Rural America.”