Phil Burkhalter is a senior member of the RTI Center for Water Resources and the leader of the center’s Project Management Office. He leads projects and contributes technical knowledge to the development of hydrologic and hydraulic computer models, forecasting tools, and water management decision support systems. A professional engineer, he has expertise in water allocation and rights, groundwater flow and contaminant transport, remote sensing, geographic information system analysis, and consumptive use modeling.
Currently, Dr. Burkhalter is RTI’s Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Production Center’s National Implementation of the Corps Water Management System (HEC-CWMS). Under this program, he is the lead developer of the Control and Visualization Interface (CAVI) for RTI’s HEC-CWMS Implementation projects, including Real-Time Simulation (HEC-RTS) and Watershed Analysis Tool (HEC-WAT) applications. He serves as project manager and lead hydrologic modeler for the development of flood forecasting models for the San Jacinto and Buffalo Bayou basins in Texas, as part of the National Weather Service Community Hydrologic Prediction System (CHPS) forecasting framework, working closely with the West Gulf River Forecast Center (WGRFC).
Dr. Burkhalter joined RTI in 2017 with the acquisition of Riverside Technology, where he had worked since 2003. For more than 10 years, he assisted the National Weather Service with its Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service program. He has also served as a deployment manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center HEC-CWMS rapid deployment effort and performed remote-sensing-based high-resolution consumptive use estimates for more than 6 million acres of Nebraska farmland.
Dr. Burkhalter has served as a guest lecturer at Colorado State University. He holds a professional engineering license in Colorado and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Resources Association, Project Management Institute, and the American Geophysical Union.