Mr. Ballard was first introduced to numerical modeling methods as an undergrad and continued with his graduate work in 2D surface water and sediment transport modeling.

Since then Mr. Ballard has work as a licensed civil engineer in multiple states and has obtained experience using a variety of hydrologic and hydrodynamic modeling solvers and platforms on a variety of different engineering applications (HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, XP-SWMM, TUFLOW, SRH-2D, SMS). In addition to a broad range of engineering skills, he has helped hundreds of engineering firms apply numerical models to their projects all around the world. In the past, Mr. Ballard has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in hydraulics and hydrology as well as currently teaching professional continuing education courses in 2D hydraulic modeling.

Mr. Ballard is active in professional organizations including the Texas Floodplain Managers Association (TFMA) and ASCE Texas Section where he serves as the current Honors Committee Chairman. Mr. Ballard is also a Committee Member of the EWRI National Computational Hydraulics Technical Committee.

Currently Mr. Ballard is the Stormwater and Flood Team and Practice Leader for Plummer Associates and runs the High Water Mark, a website for resources, information and current events specific to hydrology, hydraulics and water resource engineering. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas area with his wife and five daughters.