Dr Jeffery Paul Walters


Dr. Jeffrey Walters holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from University of Washington and a Master degree and PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. He is a member of professional Water Project Consultant, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG). He has been conducting research in water service sustainability in rural developing communities, water service management, sustainable agricultural production in USA, Chile, Nicaragua and East Africa. He is also a founder of Systemthinkingengineering.com where he researching and educating the use of graphical modeling, cross impact analysis with qualitative system dynamics modeling, and network analysis, to gain insight into the systemic interaction between the factors that influence sustainability of rural water services.


PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Colorado Boulder), M.S. in Civil Engineering (University of Colorado Boulder) and M.S. in Civil Engineering (University of Washington).

Research Expertise

Civil engineering, Sustainability, Environmental Engineering, Social Networks, Systems Dynamics Modeling

Selected Publications

Walters, J.P., Greiner, B., O’Morrow, E., and Amadei, B. (2017). “Promoting sustainable Engineers Without Borders projects: Using group model building to improve student team understanding of project complexity.” International Journal of Engineering Education, 3(1): 247-260.

Walters, J.P. (2016). “Exploring the use of social network analysis to inform exit strategies for rural water and sanitation NGOs.” Engineering Project Organization Journal. DOI: 10.1080/21573727.2016.1241243

Walters, J.P., Archer, D.W., Sassenrath, G.F., Hendrickson, J.R, Hanson, J.D., Holloran, J.M., Vadas, P., and Alarcon, V.J. (2016). “Exploring agricultural production systems and their fundamental components with system dynamics modelling.” Ecological Modelling, 333: 51-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.04.015

Neely, K, and Walters, J.P. (2016). “Using causal loop diagramming to explore the drivers of sustained functionality of rural water services in Timor-Leste.” Sustainability, 8(1), 57. DOI: 10.3390/su8010057