Born in Alagoas, he is a Professor at UFRGS, in Porto Alegre, RS, where he has lived for about 30 years. Civil Eng., Tech. Mec., Eng. Seg. Job., MBA in Project Management, Master in Water Resources and Sanitation; PhD Water Resources Management and Planning (University of Bristol, England), Postdoctoral Environmental Management and Planning (Univ. of California, USA). Director of the Institute of Hydraulic Research – IPH/UFRGS.