November 4, 2020

The candidates for 2020-2023 AAWRE Board of Trustees are Michael Buechter, P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI and John England, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE.

At-Large Trustee Nominees

michael-buechter.jpg Michael T. Buechter, P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI is currently a Program Manager at the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). His day to day responsibilities include the management of a team of nineteen Engineers, Operators, and Construction Inspectors responsible for the preparation of construction documents for small to mid-sized capital and infrastructure repair projects, administration of several Consulting Engineering contracts, and administration of MSD’s Small Contractor Program. He is also responsible for administering the operating and capital budgets related to these programs. In this position Mike often works with MSD operations and construction staff to address emergency and immediate needs. These tasks all contribute to the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s continued success in meeting the terms of the 2012 Consent Decree between the District, the United States EPA, and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. He is skilled in sanitary, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, site development, and highway engineering. This includes special, and extensive, experience in surface water modeling, bridge scour, pump stations, best management practice design, and erosion control. His experience includes the production and management, of various civil engineering projects from the planning stage through construction and operation. With experience in both the public and private sector Mike has developed projects, programs and regulations from the point of view of the regulator, owner and designer. He has extensive experience in communicating with and negotiating with various stakeholders including elected officials, attorneys, regulators, developers, owners, contractors and the general public. He has authored numerous studies, several technical papers and reports and has lectured extensively on water resource topics.

Michael's statement of service:
"I respectfully request consideration to serve on the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Board of Trustees for the 2020-2023 term. I am pursuing this nomination as I feel the work of the AAWRE board to be especially poignant at this time given the rebranding of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Raise the Bar Strategic Initiative to the Engineer of Tomorrow, and also consideration being given to the future of ASCE’s credentials such as the Diplomate in Water Resources Engineering (D.WRE). The many and complex challenges facing future engineers will require them to advance their technical and professional leadership skills to continue to stay relevant. Credentialing may play an important role, but to do that the fine work done by ASCE’s credentialing organizations such as AAWRE will need to continue to be reviewed and possibly revised to stay relevant. Specific challenges to the current framework that need to be addressed include:
   • Unclear goals
   • Inconsistent application across specialty areas and possible overlap
   • Lack of a clear market-based incentive for board certification
I believe my professional and volunteer experience, especially with ASCE and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), have demonstrated my interest in and provide me the
background to be effective in this role."

John-England-2020.jpgJohn England, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE is a Lead Civil Engineer with the USACE Risk Management Center (RMC) in Lakewood, Colorado. With 29 years of experience in flood hydrology and dam safety, he currently oversees hydrologic hazards and risk studies, and develops technical guidance and policy for the USACE Dam and Levee Safety Program. Focus areas include: extreme storm rainfall; precipitation frequency; paleoflood hydrology; and stochastic rainfall-runoff modeling. He has published numerous journal articles, technical reports, book chapters, and conference proceedings in these areas, and has taught numerous short courses. Along  ith colleagues at USGS, USACE, Cornell University, and Michael Baker, John is the lead author of Bulletin 17C – Guidelines for Determining Flood Flow Frequency. Dr. England received his M.S. and Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources from Colorado State University, is a registered Professional Hydrologist, a registered Professional Engineer, and is a Diplomate, Water Resource Engineer (D.WRE). Prior to joining the RMC, he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, USGS, Colorado Climate Center, and as a consultant in New England.

John's statement of service:
"As a long-standing Board-Certified Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (No. 00036, 2005), I am passionate about water resources and advancing our profession. I am particularly committed to mentoring and assisting the next generation of water resources engineers by advocating for formal graduate education, teaching post-graduate courses and seminars, and providing project experiences. I was first attracted to AAWRE in 2005 as I had closely followed ASCE’s initial ‘Raise the Bar’ initiative. I feel the time is right and I am called to serve the Academy, if elected, as a Board of Trustees member. As a Trustee, if elected, I propose to focus on two activities. The first is to revise the AAWRE Body of Knowledge, so that it is specific to the water resources discipline and clearly provides value to the profession (and reflecting the intent of the recent ASCE BoK 3rd revision). The second activity would be outreach to water resources graduate programs, consulting firms, and affiliated organizations (CUAHSI) to promote the value of D.WRE for early to mid-career professionals."