December 28, 2020

AAWRE proudly announce James D. Barton, P.E., D.WRE (Ret.), M.ASCE as the 2020-2021 President-Elect and John England, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE and Deborah H. Lee, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE as new Trustees. Dr. England will serve as the At-Large Trustee on the Board, serving a 3-year term through October 2023 and Ms. Lee will serve as the EWRI Ex-Officio on the Board as EWRI's President for 2020-2021.

James D. Barton, P.E., D.WRE, has over 40 years of civil engineering experience.  He earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah.  He has also earned a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air Force Air War College, and a Masters of Project Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Arkansas.  Throughout his career he worked as a water resources engineer for various organizations throughout the U.S.  Prior to retiring in 2015, he served as the Chief of the Columbia Basin Water Management Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon. In this position he managed a complex system of international water resource projects located throughout the Pacific Northwest.  He previously served as Chief of Water Management for the USACE Southwestern Division in Dallas, TX, overseeing more than 100 diverse water resource projects operated by four different offices and located throughout a multi-state region of the southwestern U.S.  He has held various other positions with USACE, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He currently works as an independent water resources consultant. During his long career with USACE, he received numerous high-level awards such as a Bronze de Fleury Award, Meritorious Service Award, and Superior Civilian Service Awards.

Jim's statement of service:
"I am very honored to be nominated and confirmed as your AAWRE President Elect. I have had the opportunity to be a member of the AAWRE Board of Trustees for the past three years. I have also served as the Chairman of the AAWRE Marketing Committee. During my tenure in these positions, we have reached out to current and prospective Diplomates and their employers through surveys and other means to get their viewpoints on board certification and the value of AAWRE. One of the key findings from these efforts is that we need to improve our communication about AAWRE to make people more aware of it and the many benefits of board certification. Related to this, we need to continue to demonstrate the value of becoming an AAWRE Diplomate.
As your President Elect, I plan to continue to make every effort to work with the AAWRE Board to communicate the importance of D.WRE board certification to employers of professional engineering and organizations responsible for the design, construction, and management of water resources infrastructure. As an example of this, we are preparing a new video about AAWRE that we can all use to communicate with others about water resources engineering and the benefits of board certification.  Another top priority for me will be to ensure that Diplomates experience value in maintaining board certification.  We hope to expand our efforts at presenting technical webinars and providing other opportunities for sharing technical information and networking with your colleagues."
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John 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. Including teaching courses 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."
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Deborah H. Lee, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE is the Director of the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and EWRI President. As director of GLERL, and a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Ms. Lee serves as the laboratory’s leader, providing guidance through conceptual development, implementation, and management ofintegrated, interdisciplinary scientific research and communications programs. In addition to her role as director of GLERL, Ms. Lee serves as NOAA's Regional Team Lead for the Great Lakes, facilitating collaboration across a network of more than 800 NOAA employees and partners representing the agency’s diverse capabilities across the region. With a staff of nearly 100 federal, cooperative institute and contract employees and visiting scientists, NOAA-GLERL and its partners conduct integrated scientific research on the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems; develop and transition products and services; and share knowledge and information to advance NOAA’s goals of science, service and stewardship.
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