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Ronald B. Linsky

Ron Linsky

Read about the Life of Ron Linsky, Part 1

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Read about Ron Linsky as NWRI's Executive Director

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Ron Linsky served as the Executive Director of the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) from its establishment in 1991 until his death in 2005.


As Executive Director, Linsky managed water research projects in the areas of exploratory research, treatment and monitoring, water-quality assessment, and knowledge management. He was a nationally recognized advocate of integrated resources management strategies that incorporate water reuse, desalting, conservation, and efficiency components. 


Linsky served on both national and international advisory committees that focused on water and wastewater issues, including desalination and water reuse.  He had also served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. National Academy of Sciences.  In addition, he had served as an environmental consultant to the governments of India, Thailand, Norway, Scotland, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Mexico, China, Oman, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.


Prior to joining NWRI, Linsky was the Chief Technical Advisor for the United National Development Programme, Office of Technical Cooperation for Development.  He was stationed at the Institute of Marine Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, where he served as Executive Director and was responsible for developing and coordinating research activities for the Caribbean area, with special emphasis on insular environmental needs.


Linsky began his career in academia, where he held research directorships at the University of Southern California as the founding Director of the Sea Grant Institutional Program and at the University of Hawaii at Mañoa as Director of the Sea Grant College and Associate Dean of Marine Programs.


Linsky received both his B.S. and M.S. in Biology from the University of Southern California.  He and his wife, Patricia, lived in Costa Mesa, California.