Craig Just, water quality expert and UI professor of civil & environmental engineering, and Rai Tokuhisa, Water Resource Engineer Intern with RDG Planning & Design—which was involved with the waterway project that runs behind Iowa City's Big Grove Brewery & Taproom—will lead a walking conversation about restorative watershed management. Craig and Rai have been involved in both rural and urban projects and will speak to this site specifically, as well as Craig's two new EPA grant projects.
This Obermann Conversation will be a walking tour. We will start at the playground at Riverfront Crossings Park (1101 S. Clinton St., Iowa City) and end at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (1225 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City), where participants can talk longer with Craig and Rai.
Dr. Craig Just has served the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1993. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994 and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering & science from the University of Iowa in 2001. He is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and a research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Dr. Just teaches Principles of Environmental Engineering, Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling & Analysis, the Capstone course for the Sustainable Water Development Graduate Program, and the CEE Engineering Service Project course. Dr. Just is the Faculty Advisor for the UI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA and he coordinates the UI International Engineering Service Program.
Rai Tokuhisa is a civil engineering intern, transplanted to Iowa in adolescence and determined to stay for the corny jokes. Rai earned their BSE and MS from the University of Iowa and has spent the years since analyzing watersheds, designing drainage, conveyance, and infiltration practices, drafting plan sets, and checking the rain gauge. Given the choice, Rai favors a sassy malbec and pairs it with gender neutral pronouns.
This event is free and open to the public.