August 16, 2017

The candidates for the AAWRE 2017 Board of Trustees are Joe Manous, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI for President-Elect; Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.WRE, M.ASCE, F.EWRI and Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE for At-Large Trustee. The terms of service will begin this October thru fall 2020.

President-Elect Nominee

Dr. Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI serves as a water resources engineer and the manager for International Activities at the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Dr. Manous specializes in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water.  He works closely with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching courses in engineering economics and water resources.  Dr. Manous is a former USACE officer, retiring from active duty in the grade of Colonel.  His last active duty assignment was as academy professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he taught courses in environmental engineering, water resources, and environmental security.  Dr. Manous has been actively involved with the "professional" aspects of the engineering profession for over 25 years particularly through his involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers where he chaired the ASCE Committee on Professional Practice, Post-Hurricane Katrina Critical Infrastructure Guidance Task Force, and Paraprofessional Task Committee.  He also chaired the Executive Board of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) College Outreach Committee.  Joe currently chairs ASCE’s Civil Engineering Technologist - Body of Knowledge Task Committee and is co-chair of the Infrastructure Resilience Division - Social Science, Policy, Economics, and Education Decision Committee. To view full Bio

Joe’s statement of service

“I was selected as a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer in 2008 and have actively served on the AAWRE Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2017.  I was selected to serve as treasurer to the Board of Trustees in 2015 and continue in that position, while also serving on the Executive Committee, Eminence Committee, Finance Committee, and Professional Ethics Committee.  In 2015 and 2016, I co-hosted with ASCE General Counsel, Tara Hoke, the AAWRE ethics sessions held at the ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) World Congresses.

While I believe selection as a Diplomate of Water Resources Engineering is a true honor, I personally think of it more as a responsibility.  In a world of expanding knowledge, growing specialization, and increased use of computational tools, the need for engineering competence is ever more needed, but increasingly difficult to attain and describe.

In today’s world, the professional engineering license remains the important entry level credential for all civil and water resources engineering professionals.  Unfortunately, the P.E. (licensure) does not distinguish those who continue their studies and pursue work of increasing complexity.  The encouragement and recognition of such accomplishments is a responsibility of the civil engineering profession and a responsibility that each of us, as a learned professional should take personally.  It is this responsibility to encourage others to seek new, challenging opportunities and then recognize those accomplishments that motivates me to be involved with AAWRE and seek to promote excellence in its leadership in water resources engineering.  Thank you for the honor of being nominated to serve as the AAWRE President-Elect.”

At-Large Trustee Nominees

Dr. Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.WRE, M.ASCE, F.EWRI is a Professor in Civil Engineering with a cross appointment to Chemical Engineering. She received her BSc in Marine Biology with minor in Northern Studies from McGill University (1990) and a BSc (Eng) in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph (1993). She was awarded a MASc (1996) and PhD (2001) in Environmental Engineering from Carleton University, where she worked as a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1998-2005). She is an internationally recognized researcher with an innovative and diverse research program in the field(s) of environmental engineering and bioresource management. In recent years, her research has focused on low-energy wastewater treatment systems and the recovery of energy, fuels and products from renewable biomass. She began her career and first established her reputation conducting research in the area of passive treatment systems, where she maintains an outstanding reputation for her expertise. She has and continues to work with a number of companies and municipalities, and has an excellent portfolio of funded collaborations in this area. In recent years the scope and breadth of her research program has expanded, reaching into new, highly innovative areas such as integrated algal wastewater treatment eco-engineered systems with the potential for downstream processing to bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts. These new research areas are of significant scientific and engineering interest, and have the potential for major impact in the coming years. To view full Bio

Pascale’s statement of service

“Having served as a Board Member from 2011-2014 and continued on the Eminence Selection Committee 2014-2015, I feel that I am familiar with the Board’s activities and goals. I also believe that I could bring some new ideas with respect to the recruitment of International Diplomates and possible partnering organizations. In addition, I feel it would be beneficial to strengthen ties with Canadian Professional Engineering organizations, which could then support applications from Canadian Diplomates.  I am grateful to be chosen as one of the final nominees for the AAWRE Board of Trustees and I look forward to contributing to the Academy in any possible way."

Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE is the Stormwater Program Manager for the City of Lancaster, PA. She holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She has a broad multi-disciplinary background including transportation design, low impact development, sustainable stormwater management design, stormwater management program development and municipal green infrastructure implementation. Ruth has over ten years of water resource experience encompassing state regulation, regional watershed planning, consulting, and international design. She currently oversees the operations of Lancaster City’s Stormwater, Sustainability, and Wastewater Collections Programs. To view full Bio

Ruth’s statement of service

"I am pleased to be considered as one of the candidates for the AAWRE Board of Trustees. I have been an ASCE member for several years and am currently very active in several councils within the Environmental Water Resources Institute, including the Municipal Water Infrastructure Council as Chair and several other councils. I offer a unique perspective that encompasses research, private consulting, municipal implementation, and some international design accrued over more than a decade of water resources engineering and am proud to have the distinction of Diplomate.

I am excited to help advance AAWRE’s goals and objectives, increase programming, and promote the benefit of Diplomate certification to qualified engineers in all roles across the globe. I would be very honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers."