May 17, 2019

The AAWRE has organized special professional development sessions at the EWRI's 20th Anniversary World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Pittsburgh, May 19-23! The AAWRE will offer the annual engineering ethics session, expert witness session and the 2nd special panel discussion session on the importance of board certification. The AAWRE has also been invited to participate in the special 20th anniversary EWRI History & Heritage Symposium track titled AAWRE History as an EWRI Accomplishment.

Why Professional Ethics Matter
Monday, May 20 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sustaining and enhancing trust is an essential component for the success of any learned profession and certainly the responsibility of any Civil Engineering Professional. Through the ethics session, the participants will discuss the relationship between public trust, personal behavior, learned professions; concepts for considering different ethical situations; and situations from case studies concerning various ethical challenges.  This special session will be presented by Larry Magura, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE.

AAWRE History as an EWRI Accomplishment
Monday, May 20 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This special session is organized by Dr. Jerry Rogers and Dr. Conrad Keyes as part of the EWRI History & Heritage Symposium during the special 20th anniversary EWRI Congress in Pittsburgh. The session features AAWRE founding president Jeffrey B. Bradley, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE presenting on the Creation and History of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers; AAWRE past-president Roger Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE presenting on the AAWRE and Board Certification Today; and concluded by AAWRE secretary Frank Kim, ENV SP presenting on the Early Challenges and AAWRE Through the Years.

AAWRE Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony
Monday, May 20 | 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

The AAWRE welcomes all EWRI Congress attendees to celebrate with the 2019 Class of AAWRE Diplomates being inducted and the recipients of the 2019 AAWRE Awards.  This special 15th annual AAWRE Ceremony will be devoted to honor Ralph Wurbs, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE as the Inaugural recipient of the AAWRE Outstanding Research & Innovation Award; Ray Walton, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE for the Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award; P. Kay Whitlock, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE for the Service to the AAWRE Award; and recognize the 2019 class of board certified Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers (D.WREs). Please join us for a beverage to toast your colleagues at this special free event.

Why Board Certification is Important for your Engineering Career Path
Tuesday, May 21 | 10:30 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m.

This special session will be a dynamic panel discussion with leading professionals from a variety of industries who will provide their perspectives on the importance of board certification.  The panel will include:  (1) a medical doctor who will discuss medical board certification; (2) an attorney who will discuss certification within the legal profession; (3) an AAWRE Diplomate who will discuss water resources board certification; (4) a water resources business manager who will discuss the benefits of employee and contractor board certification; and (5) a representative from ASCE who will discuss ASCE efforts related to board certification.   

Confirmed speakers are Julian Gray, CELA, founder and managing attorney of Julian Gray Associates; Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.ASCE of Queen's University; Kevin Ward of Trinity River Authority of Texas; ASCE President-Elect K.N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE of AECOM. The session will be moderated by AAWRE past-president Roger Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE. The session is open to all EWRI Congress attendees and hopes to bring in many of the younger civil engineers attending the Congress!

Are You Interested in Serving as an Expert Witness?
Wednesday, May 22 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The role of the expert witness is to act as a teacher, providing an educational bridge between the Justice System and the technical world. As the volume of litigation in this country increases, and the issues at hand in court cases become more and more complex, experienced expert witnesses who can convey the technical information to the judge and jury are in higher and higher demand.  This special session will be presented by David Williams, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE.