About Me

I'm a trained environmental engineer, urban planner, environmental public health professional, and social scientist. I have been lucky to pursue an academic and professional career engaging with diverse and interesting topics dealing with intersections between water, the natural and built environments, people, and political economy. In doing so, I haved addressed a wide range of pressing policy questions, ranging from local land use decisions to international infrastructure finance.

On this page, you'll find information about various academic, professional, and hobby projects. This website is also home to my blog, “Kyle OnWater", where I opine on various water, data, and urban policy issues; provide tutorials on data science or data architecture related to water; and discuss news and other items concerning water, the environment, cities, and infrastructure.

I'm currently the Data Architect for the Internet of Water project of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, where I develop standards, best practices, and templates for the storage, publishing, and cataloging of water-related data. In this role, I also educate agencies that produce water data in ways to make water data discoverable, accessible, and interoperable by adopting (meta)data standards, data exchange standards, API standards, as well as leveraging open-source software and public cloud services. I am also a statistician for Valor Water Analytics, where I apply econometric methods and quasi-experimental research designs to customer-level water meter data to help utilities understand how their customers react to prices, information, and weather.


  • Urban Water and Sanitation Infrastructure
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Finance
  • Urban Form and Growth
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Hydroinformatics
  • Causal Inference in Social Science


  • PhD in City & Regional Planning, ABD, expected 2020

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • MCRP in City & Regional Planning, 2014

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • MSPH in Environmental Sciences & Engineering, 2014

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • BS in Environmental Engineering, 2011

    Stanford University

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