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Dr. Emery A. Coppola Jr., President and Director of Product Development, received a B.S. in Geology and Marine Science from the University of Miami (Florida), an M.S. in Geological Engineering from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona.  Previously he worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where he managed groundwater contamination cases.  Later, he worked at the New Jersey Geological Survey, where as Project Manager for the State’s Wellhead Protection Program, he delineated groundwater source contribution areas for major municipal supply wells and projected and assessed the potential impacts from major groundwater withdrawal projects. Dr. Coppola has consulted internationally on water resources evaluation and sustainability projects, and has conducted research funded by the United States Geological Survey, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the European Science Foundation, among others.  He has taught short-courses in groundwater hydrology, groundwater modeling, and optimization, and has published in peer-review journals on topics that include artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, optimization, multiobjective analysis, and conflict resolution.  He is one of the most experienced hydrologists in the United States for applying artificial neural networks (ANNs) to water resources management problems, and has served as project manager on ANN modeling projects that include groundwater resources, water distribution systems, surface water systems, and water quality.

Dr. Mary Poulton, Vice-President and Director of ANN Modeling, received her Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990 and joined the faculty that year.  She is a professor and department head in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering with a joint appointment in Geosciences at the University of Arizona.  She currently serves as the Director for the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, and was recently inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame.  Dr. Poulton has worked for the Hydraulics Branch of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Rock Island District, and for the Pittsburgh and Midway Mining Company.  She has consulted for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the World Bank, and the American Geological Institute.  She is a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering.  She is currently the Chair of the Mining and Geothermal Committee of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.  Dr. Poulton has published over 60 journal articles and conference papers on the application of artificial neural networks to problems in the earth sciences, including geophysics, mining, mineral and petroleum exploration, hydrology, and atmospheric science.  She is a recognized expert in the use of neural networks for geophysical data analysis, and has a published textbook in this area.  Dr. Poulton has led or participated in research projects totaling over $4 million in funding in the last 10 years. 

Dr. Ferenc Szidarovszky, Vice-President and Director of Operations Research, received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Eotvos University of Sciences of Budapest, Hungary, and a second Ph.D in economics from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences. He is also a recipient of two higher scientific degrees given by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Candidate in Mathematics and Doctor of Engineering Sciences. In Hungary he held faculty positions with the Eotvos University of Sciences, University of Horticulture and Food Industry as well as with the Budapest University of Economic Sciences. Dr. Szidarovszky moved to the USA in 1987 and became a professor with the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, and subsequently received a joint appointment with the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources.  He has collaborated extensively with Dr. Vernon Smith, co-recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, and has been involved in many projects investigating theoretical issues and applications in mathematics, economics, and natural resources management. Dr. Szidarovszky is the author of 8 textbooks written in Hungarian, and he has published 9 textbooks and monographs in the USA, including a recent one in water resources systems analysis. He is also the author of over 300 research publications in leading journals and has given many presentations in conferences around the world.  He was recognized with the prestigious award (1998) “Dr. Habil in Engineering”, Budapest Technical University.  His areas of expertise include numerical methods, linear and non-linear system dynamics, optimization, multiobjective analysis, and game theory. 

IT Specialist

Mr. Ravi Ranpura, Architect, Program Manager and Senior Software Programmer Analyst, graduated from the C.U. Shah College of Engineering and Technology, India, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. He is a highly skilled and results oriented software professional with more than a decade of experience in the field of Software Development and Information Technology. Mr. Ranpura has served as an IT Specialist in a variety of high tech sectors, including Finance, Environmental, Telecom, Government, Oil & Gas, Healthcare and E-commerce domain. He began his career with IBM and worked with industry leading Fortune 100 companies, including Bank of America, Sunoco and UBS. Mr. Ranpura won the prestigious “Best of IBM” (BRAVO) award for “Client Delight.” He has expertise in Enterprise Software Application Development, the industry leading Website Designing and Development, Creating and Managing Database-Driven Applications. Mr. Ranpura is the technical designer of NOAH’s website architecture, as well as the mind behind the innovative programming for NOAH’s advanced real-time Water Meter. He is also NOAH’s Project Manager for integrating ARCsTM with data streams and databases. He leads a spiritual life with his beloved wife Jiturvi Chokshi, family and friends, including his best one, Kuva Bear!


Ms. Anna Szidarovszky, Computer Programmer and Principal ANN Modeler, received her B.S. in Math Education and M.S. in Engineering Geology from the University of Arizona.  She has a diverse practical and theoretical background in ANNs, and has applied them to complex problems as well as developed computer source code for their implementation.  During her graduate work for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (funded by U.S. Department of Defense,) Ms. Szidarovszky developed an ANN system for identifying unexploded ordinances. The methodology she implemented included an advanced statistical procedure for minimizing false classifications. In addition to having extensive ANN modeling experience in a variety of software platforms, she has also developed neuro-fuzzy models for geophysical problems. She has published her work in peer review journals and has been an invited speaker at numerous annual international geophysical conferences.