September 9, 2014

The final nominees for the 2014 AAWRE Board of Trustees are Mike Markus for President-Elect, Dave Campbell and Phil Turnipseed for At-Large Trustee. The term of service will begin this October thru fall 2017.

President-Elect Nominee

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Michael R. Markus, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE is the General Manager of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) since September 2007, when he became only the sixth general manager in the District's 74-year history. With more than 30 years of experience, Mike is well known for his expertise in construction management, planning and water resource management. Mike joined OCWD in 1988 as construction manager and for the first 14 years of his career at the District oversaw construction of many of the water facilities OCWD depends upon today to refill and manage the groundwater basin. In 2002 he was given the responsibility to manage the implementation of the $480 million Groundwater Replenishment System program. In 2004, Mike was promoted to assistant general manager overseeing water production and groundwater recharge operations, in addition to serving as program manager for the GWRS. Under his leadership, the GWRS garnered twenty-one awards, including the prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2009 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for the year's most outstanding national engineering project, and the Stockholm 2008 Industry Water Award for the year's most outstanding international water project. Prior to OCWD, Mike spent two years with John Carollo Engineers and eight years with Peter Kiewit Sons' Co. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master's in civil engineering from the University of Southern California. Mike was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2007 by the Engineering News-Record and received the international 2009 Said Khoury Award for Engineering Construction Excellence. Mike has been an AAWRE Diplomate since fall 2009 and currently serves as AAWRE Treasurer.

Statement for service:

Managing our nation's water resources has always been one of the greatest challenges our profession has faced and these challenges will be even greater in the future. Our Diplomates must look at creating sustainable solutions that include the study of societal, economic, regulatory and environmental impacts to water resources. I believe that AAWRE can drive the national debate that will frame the policies of how our water resources are managed in the future. I have over thirty-five years of professional experience with 25 of those years working for a large groundwater management agency in Southern California and would consider it an honor serving as your President of the AAWRE Board of Trustees.


At-Large Trustee Nominees

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Dave Campbell, P.E., D.WRE is the Director of Dam Engineering with Schnabel Engineering in West Chester, PA. As a practicing design engineer, Dave has worked almost exclusively on dams for the past 39 years. While his role has always required him to be a strong civil engineering generalist, Mr. Campbell’s passion has always been most apparent with regard to the water resources aspects of his career.  In 1994, Dave joined Schnabel Engineering to build a dam engineering practice for the firm, and was a Director of the firm for 15 years. While at Schnabel, he has been involved with engineering design for more than 15 new dams up to 185 feet high, more than a hundred dam rehabilitation projects and a full array of dam engineering support services. Dave now collaborates on and reviews the work of more than 70 Schnabel employees focused on dam engineering practice. Dave has received the ASDSO National Award of Merit for his extensive contributions to ASDSO and the advancement of dam safety and, similarly, he received the John J. Gallen Memorial Award from Villanova University for his contributions to the advancement of dam engineering practice. Mr. Campbell also presented a keynote address at the 4th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures and received the Terry L. Hampton Medal from ASDSO for his contributions to the advancement of hydraulics research and practice.

Statement for service:

Knowledge can only grow us as a profession when coupled with personal and professional integrity founded on caring, commitment and ethical practice.  As former U.S. Representative Jack Kemp once stated, “People only care that you know when they know that you care.”  AAWRE is representative of the best in water resources engineers, professionally and ethically, allowing people to know that we care so they can care that we know. 

From a personal perspective, I offer technical and character lessons learned over nearly 40 years of engineering practice, and also carry a strong desire to enhance camaraderie and collaboration between practitioners and academics.  We share common educational foundations.  If we pull together with a common focus, we can better the both the fidelity and the technical education of future generations of engineers and be more effective and more timely in advancing the state of the practice in water resources engineering.


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D. Phil Turnipseed, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE is the Science Advisor for Water Programs at U.S. Geological Survey, Southeast Region. Prior, Phil served as the Center Director of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana for nearly four years. Phil's duties as Science Advisor for Water Programs are researching problematic surface water hydrology and hydraulic issues in the Southeast Region, an area that includes Water Science Centers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Florida and the Caribbean Sea. Previously, Phil served as the principal USGS liaison to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the International Joint Commission, and the Environment Canada Ministry. He began his USGS career in 1987 as a civil engineer working in hydraulic bridge design in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. In his more than 29 years of federal service, Phil has worked at USGS science centers in Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, and Louisiana conducting a wide array of hydrologic and hydraulic research, hydrologic monitoring design and construction, ecosystem research and geospatial analysis. He has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed reports, posters and scientific papers. Phil was awarded the Department of the Interior Superior Service Award (2006) and the USGS WRD Unit Award for Excellence for his service and contributions.

Statement for service:

It is a noteworthy and tremendous privilege to serve on the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Board of Trustees.  As a founding member of the AAWRE, I have strongly believed in its mission to raise the bar of excellence in water resources engineering.  With almost 27 years of experience in hydrology and hydraulic engineering, I look forward to helping the Academy to fulfill the vision of becoming a world leader in water resources engineering.  It is our responsibility as water resources engineers to continuously strive to enhance hydrologic and hydraulic engineering principles in the world for safety, protection of life and property, well-being of its population and sustainability of the world's treasure of water.