June 21, 2017

Dear Diplomates,

Welcome to the third edition of the AAWRE President’s Letter for 2017.  Our goal is to send out a quarterly letter to all Diplomates in AAWRE that will be both informative and concise.   

Thank you to those of you who have already paid your renewal fees for this year.  If you still have yet to renew, please do so as soon as possible.  The online form can be found here: http://www.aawre.org/certification/certification-renewal.

If you would like to get further involved with AAWRE and its committees, there are plenty of opportunities for you.  The committees include Admissions, Awards, Bylaws, Eminence, Ethics and Education, International and Marketing.  A full list of committees and their members can be found here: http://www.aawre.org/about-us/aawre-committees

The AAWRE Nominations and Elections Committee is calling for nominations for service on the AAWRE Board of Trustees for 2018-2020.  The AAWRE Board has one available seat for a 3-year term beginning October 1, 2017.  We encourage you to nominate yourself or a deserving fellow Diplomate for the seat of Board of Trustee At-Large.  The Board meets twice per year, in the fall and spring, and convenes on a conference call four to six times per year.  If you are interested, please email [email protected] with an updated bio or resume and a brief statement on why you would like to serve on the Board by June 30, 2017.

The EWRI Congress was held May 21-25, 2017 in Sacramento, California.  It was a great time for all who attended to meet colleagues, network with other professionals and gain knowledge from keynote speakers.  AAWRE held an induction ceremony to recognize new Diplomates, those who had not yet attended a ceremony, and AAWRE award winners.  The Diplomates that were recognized include:

- Ashok B. Bathulla, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Thomas W. Browning, Jr. P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Anthony A. Donigian, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Leslie S. Dumas P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- David A. Dzombak, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.ASCE
- Seifu G. Guangul, D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Ruth A. Hocker, P.E., D.WRE
- Hamid Moradkhani, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
- Hugo A. Loaiciga, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE
- George C. Modini , P.E, D.WRE
- Farhang Mostaghimi, D.WRE(Retired), M.ASCE
- Jennifer A. Nunn, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Gregory S. Paxson, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Nathan D. Pingel, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
- Mark W. Woodson, P.E., LS, D.WRE, F.ASCE 

We presented Albert J. Clemmens, Ph.D, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, with the 2017 AAWRE Service to the Academy Award.  He has been instrumental in the Academy’s formative years serving on the Board at the launch of AAWRE, as well as serving on both the Board and the Admission’s Committee.  Bert has sat on many exam panels and has also been involved in improving the admissions process.  He is also active in many other professional societies, serving on numerous committees, including the chair of the Irrigation and Drainage Council of EWRI and chair of the Arizona Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). 

Anthony A. Donnigan, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, was awarded the 2017 AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award for his outstanding work in the development, testing, and applications of modern analytical techniques for assessment of environmental contamination and water resource planning problems.  He is an internationally recognized authority on modeling nonpoint pollution and chemical migration in the environment, primarily for water, soil, and groundwater systems.   

Michael R. Markus, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE was recognized as an Outgoing AAWRE Board of Trustees member for his service on the Board from 2011 to 2015 and his service as president in 2016. He is the General Manager of the Orange County Water District, and has over 30 years of experience in construction management, planning, and water resource management.

Please join me in welcoming the newest class of Diplomates into the Academy and honoring our award winners. The next AAWRE Ceremony will be in conjunction with the 2018 EWRI Congress that will be held June 4-7, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We continue to ask all Diplomates to reach out to your friends and colleagues to tell them about the benefits of being a Diplomate and encouraging them to apply.

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know that this September we are planning a very interesting technical webinar on Applications of Remote Sensing and Other New Technology to Water Resources Engineering.  The exact date is still to be determined, but this promises to be a very informative session on emerging technology and its use in water resources engineering.   

We strive to maintain accurate records.  If your address or workplace information has changed recently, please let us know so we can update our records.  You may update your information on the ASCE website, or you are welcome to contact us anytime at [email protected].

As our Academy grows, the more positive and profound of an impact we can make in the world around us.  Ultimately, it is our goal that companies promote certification in career development plans and use it as a factor when selecting professional engineering services.  You represent a select group of professionals elevating the standards in civil engineering. 

AAWRE’s Objectives are:

·         Identifying and certifying engineers with specialized knowledge in water resources for the benefit of the public.
·         Recognizing the ethical practice of water resources engineering at the expert level.
·         Enhancing the practice of water resources engineering.
·         Supporting and promoting positions on water resources issues important to the public health, safety and welfare.
·         Encouraging life-long learning and continued professional development.

Our Mission:
Provide excellence in leadership by elevating the professional practice of water resources engineering through advanced certification, continuing education, and ethical practice.

Our Vision:
Board Certified Water Resources Engineers are global leaders serving society in advancing sustainable management of the world’s water.

Thank you again for being a part of our Academy and being a leader in the profession of water resources engineering.


Deborah H. Lee, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, M.ASCE
2017 AAWRE President