Jory Hecht is a second-year student in the Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. He contributes a diverse background in geography, international development, hydrology and water supply planning to the first IGERT cohort. After graduating from Clark University in 2002 with degrees in both Geography and International Development, Jory spent one year living in the community of San Mateo Ixtatan, Guatemala where his commitment to acquire technical expertise to share with underserved communities was cemented. This experience prompted him to study water resources, which he did through a Master’s program in Geography at UC-Santa Barbara (2007) and one in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011). In between these academic experiences, Jory worked as a professional hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey for two years, which stimulated his interest in water supply planning and integrated water quality-quantity management. Jory hopes to contribute and build upon his interests and expertise in international development, water resources engineering and spatial and statistical analysis through his IGERT experience. He is currently researching the hydrologic and ecologic effects of reservoirs with Dr. Richard Vogel.