Boualem Hadjerioua, PhD, F. ASCE
“Bo: Ha Jerry Wa”
Director of River System Studies & Hydro Operations Mesa Associates, Inc. and Adjunct Professor Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Dr. Hadjerioua is one of the leading national and international experts in water resources, waterpower technologies, and integrated river system operations and a visionary for river system development and optimization, with over 35 years of experience. Currently, he is the Director of River System Studies & Hydro Operations at Mesa Associates, Inc., Mesa is a full-service engineering firm, with about a thousand employees, specializing in power generation, transmission, and delivery projects in the utility industry. https://www.mesainc.com/.
Prior of joining Mesa in March 2020, he was the leader of the waterpower technology team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), from 2010 to 2020. He managed projects for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of State (DOS), focusing on developing technologies, decision-support tools, and methods of analysis that enable holistic management of water-dependent energy infrastructure and natural resources. He has served as the DOE representative to the International Energy Agency (IEA), serving as the liaison on intergovernmental initiatives and was also responsible for implementing memorandum of understanding partnership efforts. He led several DOE national task forces technical expert teams. Dr. Hadjerioua has supported DOE international affairs Office and DOS South East Asia projects, sharing tools that improve water resource integrated system analysis and hydropower generation efficiency in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Before joining ORNL in January 2010, Dr. Hadjerioua had 19 years of experience balancing the many stakeholder demands for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) integrated river system. His unique expertise in operations, optimization, engineering, problem-solving, and decision-making for TVA’s integrated river system has earned him several presidential excellence awards. Dr. Hadjerioua is a distinguished Alumni of the University of Arizona and a Fellow with the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) and a Chairman of several professional society technical sessions and committees. He holds a PhD from the University of Arizona; he has authored more than 165 technical publications.