Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays


It is the end of the year and we should all reflect back on the year.  Many of us have so much in our lives and so much potential for fulfillment.  Few of us want for much.  Look around the world – it could be way worse.

Going back many years, the short season has been viewed as the start of the new year.  The ancient Druids and many early religions looked at it as the Sun-god being reborn.  The Christians has Christmas.  The Jews have Hanukkah.  I am sure others have other holidays that are a celebration and itime for reflection.  There is much to do in our lives.  There are challenges ahead.  We should plan for 2016.  What do we want to accomplish?

I have had have 60 undergrads over the last 3 semesters, plus 8 grad students, so things are moving along with FAU – my world is in semesters….  Research projects are coming to an end, and I am searching for more.  One is embarking on a study of utility impacts from 2005-2015 Asset management for utilities continues to develop.  On-line rate-modeling is coming – that and asset management will be a bigger focus for PUMPS in 2016 and going forward.

But 2015 has been good.  New kitchen, projects done.  Lots of travel.  90 miles of hiking.  Awards.  Papers.  Two books.  A nice house. Good health. A fantastic woman who agreed to marry me.  Yes, 2015 was good.  I hope is was good for you.  And I hope 2016 will be even better for all of us.

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