Ariel Miara; pursuing his MS in Sustainability in the Urban Environment was a Student Research Assistant at the US Geological Survey – Water Science Center, in Golden, Colorado in summer of 2012. He attended conferences concerning energy water nexus and integrated assessment models (hosted by: nature conservancy; NCAR). Presented ongoing NSF work at NREL. Ariel was able to hold meetings to discuss technical aspects of power plant module. technology and climate scenarios.