Jim C.P. Liou, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, and a guest lecturer at the IHE-Delft, The Netherlands. He is engaged in research on fluid transients and real-time pipeline leak detection. Prior to his present position, he was with Bechtel Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years and then with Stoner Associates, Inc. in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for seven years. He has experience in design, field investigation, and software development related to fluid transients. He stays involved with engineering practice by being a consultant to the water, power, and oil pipeline industries.