November 7, 2017

The AAWRE Board of Trustees convened in Reston, Virginia, at the ASCE Headquarters offices on October 7 for the annual fall business meeting. The primary objectives of the meeting were to approve the latest group of AAWRE Diplomates, approve the updated bylaws and rules, discuss strategic marketing initiatives for 2018, to welcome new board members, and to acknowledge out-going board members.

The AAWRE Board thanked out-going past president Mike Markus, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, ex-officio member David Dee, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, and welcomed new ex-officio EWRI president Cris Surbeck, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE and newly-elected trustee Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.EWRI.

The AAWRE Board of Trustees’ goal has been to raise the visibility, prestige and significance of the AAWRE and the Diplomate board certification program. Another goal has been to fine-tune the strategic, business and marketing plans for sustaining excellence, and to revise the AAWRE Bylaws and Rules to better capture the processes and governance.

From L to R: Mike Markus, Vijay Singh, Findlay Edwards, Debbie Lee, Roger Kilgore, Cris Surbeck, Joe Manous, Jim Barton (AAWRE Marketing Committee Chair), Phil Turnipseed. Not pictured: Paul Boulos, Pascale Champagne, Kevin Ward.

AAWRE out-going Past-President Mike Markus reflected:

It has been a great honor of mine to have served the past 6 years on the AAWRE Board of Directors.  I have gained tremendous insight on a professional level, having worked with what I consider some of the best minds and true pillars in our profession.  I know the Academy is in good hands with its current leadership and I hope to remain active in the Academy in the years ahead.

EWRI 2017-2018 President Cris Surbeck stated:

It’s a pleasure to serve on the AAWRE Board and witness actions to enhance the quality of engineers who are responsible for society’s safety and well-being when it comes to water resources.

AAWRE Past-President Debbie Lee, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, M.ASCE remarked:

As the Board meeting concluded and I looked back upon our year's work, I felt an immense satisfaction.  The Board had operated well and timely, supported by its committees and ASCE staff, to serve its Diplomates and the CEC (Civil Engineering Certification, Inc Board of Directors).  The Academy's performance reflected well upon our supporting institute, EWRI and our parent organization ASCE.

We have advanced the profession by certifying new Diplomates, inducting Honorary Diplomates and recognizing those Diplomates who set the standards for practitioners and service to the Academy.  We worked closely with CEC to standardize the academies on fees, continuing professional development, credit for experience, standardizing and defining classes of Diplomates, and requirements for certification.

We upheld our fiduciary responsibilities, producing and executing a sound budget, while increasing our outreach. The Board streamlined the By-Laws, eliminating many rules, and reflecting the CEC's standardization and our experience in operating the Academy over the past years.  The diverse board and committee members, and ASCE staff, were a wonderful and collegial group to work with, exemplifying great professionalism.  I am happy to have been associated with the Academy's Board since 2010 and look forward to my final year as past president.

The AAWRE Board will hold the spring business meeting on June 2 at the EWRI 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress and will host the 14th AAWRE Diplomate Induction Ceremony on June 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.