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AAWRE 2021 Board of Trustees Candidates
The AAWRE received a high number of nominations for AAWRE Board service for 2021-2024. The final candidates for 2021-2024 AAWRE Board of Trustees are Seyoum Asamenaw, P.E., D.WRE, PMP, M.ASCE; Kathlie Bulloch, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, D.WRE, F.EWRI; and David Williams, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., CPESC, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE.
Kathlie S. Jeng-Bulloch, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, D.WRE, F.EWRI has served as Managing Engineer, Office of City Engineer, Houston Public Works, City of Houston for the past fifteen years. She was involved in establishment of the annual review cycle of the City of Houston Infrastructure Design Manual in 2004, and since then participates in the annual Design Manual update. As Managing Engineer, she manages a group of 40 engineers, technicians and inspectors who perform the review and approval of all design projects in public ways/easements inside the City of Houston city limits, the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and Developer Participation contract projects (approximately 2900 per year). Water, wastewater, stormwater, stormwater quality, and private utilities infrastructure are included in this review process. She worked with the American Council of Engineering Companies, Houston, (ACEC) to establish the allowable LID techniques and assisted in adoption of these LID techniques into the City of Houston Infrastructure Design Manual in 2008. Dr. Jeng-Bulloch serves as an ASCE/EWRI Technical Executive Committee member representing the EWRI Standards Development Council. She joined the Urban Drainage Standards Committee in 2005 and is the Chair of this Standards Committee (since 2008) which published ANSI/ASCE/EWRI 12, 13, 14 (2013) Standard Guidelines for Urban Subsurface Drainage. This Standards Committee has also published ANSI/ASCE/EWRI 45, 46, 47 (2017) Standard Guidelines for Urban Stormwater Management Systems, and ANSI/ASCE/EWRI 62, 63, 64 Design of Stormwater Impoundments Guidelines (2017). This Standards Committee is also preparing to publish ANSI/ASCE/EWRI Urban Drainage Definitions. Kathlie currently serves as one of two members who represent EWRI on the ASCE National Codes and Standards Committee since 2014. She served as Chair (2011-2013) of the EWRI Planning and Management Council and the Chair (2005-2007) of the Water & Environmental Planning and Management Technical Committee, which published “The 2005 Assessment of State Water Resources Planning in the United States” in 2006. Kathlie is a founding AAWRE Diplomate and she has served on the AAWRE Admissions Committee since 2008.
Kathlie's statement of service: "My interest in serving on the AAWRE Board stems from my belief that we as Civil Engineers should strive for excellence in serving our Communities through the work we do and the products we develop. I feel that being admitted to AAWRE as a Diplomate embodies that goal. To that end, I have served on the AAWRE Admissions Committee since 2008, giving freely of my time to further the Diplomate program. My service on the Board would further my personal goal of giving back to the Community and the Profession through service."
Seyoum Asamenaw, P.E., D.WRE, PMP, CFM, is currently a Senior Water Resources Project Manager/Practice Leader with Stantec Consulting Services and has more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sector as a water resources engineer and project manager. His area of expertise includes hydrology and hydraulic modeling for dams, flood control structures, hydropower, and water supply dams, flood impact assessment, reservoir operation, levee, and dam failure/impact assessment, FEMA hydrology and hydraulics modeling, dam safety inspection and modification, dam instrumentation review, potential failure modes analysis, rehabilitation design, and construction, hydrologic events probabilistic hazard analysis, and risk-based decision analysis. Before joining Stantec, Mr. Asamenaw served as a civil engineer/project manager for the Division of Dam Safety and inspection at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Atlanta Regional Office (ARO), where he was responsible for inspections and review of projects in support of dam safety and hydropower license requirements and compliance. He also represented the Commission in the review of the National Streamflow Network with more than 20 federal agency representatives from 2017 to 2019. Before FERC, he worked for two consulting firms and was a Consultant to the United National Environmental Program (UNEP). Seyoum obtained his master’s degree in water resources engineering from the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Fellow and completed Ph.D. requirements in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Seyoum's statement of service: "I humbly submit this statement of service to be considered for the vacant seat on the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Board of Trustees At-Large for the term beginning in October 2021. I have been a Board-Certified Diplomate Water Resources Engineer since 2014 and have been serving in the AAWRE Admission Committee since 2020. I am a passionate water resource professional with a desire to serve stakeholders faithfully and mentor young professionals. If I am elected for the seat on the Board of Trustee At-Large, I will closely work with fellow Diplomate to increase the diversity of Diplomate by creating an outreach program for qualified underrepresented groups."
David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE has over 45 years of experience in the water resources industry and is known nationally and internationally for his contributions to the industry. He served as Principal-in-Charge for several FEMA flood insurance studies in San Diego and Orange counties. He has written the new HEC-6 User Manual for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center, performed HEC-6 and local scour analysis of pipeline crossings in Arizona and New Mexico, headed the Keene Ranch groundwater modeling study and the Nile River sedimentation evaluations for the World Bank. He is well versed in the computer programs HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-6, STORM, and WQRRS. Dr. Williams is also a recognized expert in sedimentation engineering and in developing innovative solutions to difficult hydraulic and hydrologic design problems in rivers and estuaries. David has served as chair of the ASCE Task Committee on Analysis of Laboratory and Field Sediment Data Accuracy and Availability and is past-chair of the EWRI Sedimentation, Computational Hydraulics, Stream Restoration, and Probabilistics (now Risk, Uncertainty and Probabilistic Approaches) Committees. Dr. Williams was formerly an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, as well as a reviewer. With the exception of the 2019 and 2020 conferences, he has attended every EWRI (and Hydraulics Division) conference since 1978, either presenting a paper, on a discussion panel or session moderator. Dr. Williams served as a two time President of the International Erosion Control Association and he served as a committee member of ASTM A05.12 (Wire specifications), where he helped develop the standards for both welded and twisted (woven) gabions. He also served on ASTM D18.25 (Erosion Control Products), where he helped develop a variety of standards related to erosion control. David was the chair of the Federal Interagency Technical Committee on Sedimentation when he was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is the author of more than 200 technical papers and reports on hydrology, hydraulics and sedimentation. He was selected the 1993 Small Business Person of the Year by the Carlsbad, California Chamber of Commerce, and served as chair of the Carlsbad Beach Erosion Committee. His professional experience includes more than 18 years as a hydraulic engineer with the USACE at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES, now ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, both the Nashville and Baltimore Districts, and the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) in Davis, California. At HEC, he worked on the development of the cohesive and network versions of the HEC-6 sediment transport computer model, co-wrote the Reservoir Sedimentation Chapter of the USACE’s Engineering Manual on Sedimentation Investigations, helped in the development of spatial data management techniques and evaluation of the economic benefits of flood control projects. He was acting Chief of the Hydrology and Hydraulics Section at the Baltimore District Corps of Engineers. Dr. Williams has been a frequent short course instructor for ASCE, Federal and State Agencies for computer training workshops on using HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS and HEC-6. In addition, he has taught short courses on channel bed scour for toe protection design, sediment transport, fluvial geomorphology, risk and uncertainty, bridge scour, stream restoration and streambank protection. Dr. Williams is a founding Diplomate of the AAWRE since 2005 and he has instructed the AAWRE's How to Serve as an Expert Witness sessions at the EWRI Congress for the past ten years.
David's statement of service: “I am an ASCE Fellow and Life Member, a Fellow of EWRI, and a founding Diplomate of the AAWRE. This demonstrates my commitment and service to ASCE, EWRI, and the AAWRE. Since its formation and on behalf of AAWRE, I have presented workshops on Ethics or on being an Expert Witness at numerous annual EWRI Congresses. I also have attended and/or presented papers at every EWRI Congress (or its predecessors) since 1978. Service on the AAWRE Board of Trustees will give me the opportunity to continue this service and influence the direction of AAWRE towards its goals, which I share. I have significant leadership experience, having chaired 4 ASCE technical committees, being an airborne combat engineer officer in the US Army, and serving as the President of the International Erosion Control Association, which has a membership of over 5,000. These types of experiences can be utilized for the benefit of the AAWRE.”