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SUMMER EDITION - AUGUST 2018
Welcome to AAWRE's quarterly newsletter. In this newsletter, we strive to inform you about activities of the Academy and invite you to become more involved. As always, you may contact me directly at RKilgore@KCMwater.com if you have any questions or concerns. Please click below to see my summary of highlights of our Academy's activities.
American Academy of Water Resources Engineers proudly announces the launch of the AAWRE Outstanding Research and Innovation Award. The new AAWRE award was formally approved by the AAWRE Board of Trustees during the AAWRE Board business meeting in Minneapolis on June 2. The AAWRE Outstanding Research and Innovation Award is established to recognize a Diplomate who has demonstrated significant contribution through either research, single outstanding achievement, or through a body of work on water resources engineering or related fields.
The 2018 AAWRE Diplomates class and awards recipients were recognized on June 4 in Minneapolis at the 14th annual AAWRE Diplomates Induction & Awards Ceremony at the EWRI Congress. (Pictured
from left: Deborah Lee, Joe Manous, Rachel Ickert, Michael Buechter, Andrés Salazar, Robin Kemper, Jacob Odgaard, Jon Zufelt, Roger Kilgore, Adnan Alsaffar, Robert Ryan, Randel Dymond, Steve Starrett, Wayne Klotz, John Ramirez-Avila (accepting on behalf of Dennis Truax), Cristiane Surbeck. Photo by Bob Levy.)
hosted the first special session on a panel discussion on the importance of post-licensure board certification during the 2018 EWRI Congress on June 5. Leading experts in the profession participated to discuss how the Diplomate Board Certification can be a catalyst in advancing the engineering profession by leading the charge in integrating post-licensure board certification as a vital component in the pathway in progressive responsibility in civil engineering careers. AAWRE also hosted the Professional Engineering Ethics and How to be an Expert Witness sessions, which are held annually at the EWRI Congress.
AAWRE SAYS THANK YOU TO PHIL TURNIPSEED AND WELCOMES JIM BARTON
AAWRE says ‘Thank you’ to At-Large Trustee Phil Turnipseed, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE as Phil resigned from service on the AAWRE Board due to his wife, Cindy’s health condition. AAWRE welcomed Jim Barton, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, AAWRE Marketing Committee Chair, to the Board of Trustees as an At-Large Trustee, to fulfill the remaining two years left vacant by Phil Turnipseed. Thank you, Phil! And welcome, Jim!
The EWRI's 10th International Perspective on Water and the Environment Conference (IPWE), themed Protecting and Securing Water and Environment for Future Generations will be held December 4-7 in Cartegna, Colombia. The organizers of this 10th international conference include Universidad de los Andes and Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniera Julio Garavito.
Diplomate and friend, Steven Vincent Rose passed away in Kingston, Ontario on June 29, at age of 61. Steven was a founding principal of Malroz Engineering Inc. in Kingston in 1989. He was a practicing geoenvironmental engineer and registered as a Professional Engineer and Professional Geoscientist in Ontario, and a Professional Engineer in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Alaska and California. He served as a panelist on the AAWRE Exam Committee from 2014-2017. Steven leaves behind a legacy of professionalism, integrity and kindness that his friends and colleagues will forever cherish.
Congratulations to Jeanette Brown, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE and Larry Roesner, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, recipients of the EWRI 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards. The EWRI Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to EWRI members who are judged to have advanced advanced the profession, exhibited technical competence, and
significantly contributed to public service, research, or practice in
the environmental and water resources profession.
to Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI, recipient of the 2018 ASCE Professional Practice Ethics & Leadership Award for his significant contributions to engineering ethics education and the EWRI Service to the Institute Award for his contributions and service to the EWRI.
Congratulations to Mohammad Karamouz, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, the recipient of the EWRI 2018 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award. Professor
Karamouz was recognized for his original and outstanding contribution in hydraulics, irrigation and drainage, management, hydroelectric power, drought, and climate change in arid regions, over a 30-year period of teaching, consulting and research.
Congratulations to Keith Hipel, Ph.D., P.Eng, Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE, the recipient of the EWRI 2018 Ven Te Chow Award. Professor
Hipel is recognized for his pioneering contributions in environmental impact assessment, simulation, forecasting and the Hurst Phenomenon in stochastic hyrology and in conflict resolution, water resources management and fair water allocation for making informed hydrological decisions from a system-of-systems perspective.
Congratulations to Val Frenkel, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, the recipient of the International Desalination Association 2018 Outstanding Professional in Water Reuse and Conservation. Dr. Frenkel has also been appointed to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Technical & Educational Council.
Congratulations to Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE for being appointed as Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Brian currently serves as President of the U.S. Society on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID).
AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT AND WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018
On May 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 and on June 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Acts would
authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct projects to improve navigation and flood management, to mitigate storm and hurricane damages, and to restore aquatic ecosystems; authorize the Bureau of Indian Affairs to address deferred maintenance of Indian dams and irrigation systems; authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist state and local governments with mitigating flood risks from aging dams and levees. The bills would also authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to provide grants and loans to state and local governments, public water systems, and other entities to support a wide range of water infrastructure projects and programs to improve water quality.