Prof. Edward McBean is professor of Water Resources Engineering and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Water Supply Security. He has been working specifically on the development of drinking water tools for small water systems for more than six years. An expert in risk assessment and management and data analysis, Dr. McBean’s research focus is on the potential failure modes of water systems and the assessment of vulnerability. He has published more than 280 papers in the refereed technical literature and authored two textbooks and (co)edited 15 more. Dr. McBean brings to the Network extensive connections to the private and municipal sectors, where he is involved in a number of research projects on reliability assessments, failure modes and innovative technological approaches to improve performance. Dr. McBean will serve on the Scientific Management Committee as the leader of Theme III.