July 10, 2018

AAWRE hosted the first special session on a panel discussion on the importance of post-licensure board certification during the 2018 EWRI Congress on June 5. Leading experts in the engineering profession participated on a special panel to discuss how the Diplomate Board Certification can be a catalyst in advancing the engineering profession by leading the charge in integrating post-licensure board certification as a vital component in the pathway in progressive responsibility in civil engineering careers.

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From L to R: Rachel Ickert, Roger Kilgore, Andres Salazar, Jon Zufelt, Pascale Champagne, Chris Ranck, Deborah Lee, Robin Kemper (ASCE President-Elect), Jim Barton. Photos by Robert Levy.

Participants included Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, Queen’s University; Rachel Ickert, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, Tarrant Regional Water District; Roger Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, (moderator) AAWRE President, Kilgore Consulting; Deborah Lee, P.E., P.H., SES, D.WRE, M.ASCE, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration; Chris Ranck, P.E., BCEE, LEED AP, D.WRE, M.ASCE, ARCADIS; Andrés A. Salazar, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, Walter P. Moore Associates; and Jon Zufelt, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, D.WRE, F.ASCE, HDR.

AAWRE President Kilgore stated on the panel discussion session and other AAWRE activities at the EWRI Congress, “During the EWRI conference, the growing strength of the movement within the civil engineering profession to define and recognize the qualities, skills, and experience required to be an effective professional were on display, during both the AAWRE induction and awards ceremony and the panel discussion on board certification for water resources engineers. In the panel discussion, a range of Diplomates from mid- to late-career, and a mix of private sector, government sector, and academics reflected on their professional journey to board certification and its importance to them and their career.”

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From L to R: Joe Manous instructing ethics session and David Williams.

Consistent with previous years at the EWRI Congress, more than 40 engineering leaders participated in the 2018 AAWRE professional ethics session held on June 4 in Minneapolis.

AAWRE President-Elect Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, Institute For Water Resources (USACE) instructed the ethics session. Through the session, the participants discussed the relationship between public trust, personal behavior, learned professions; concepts for considering different ethical situations; and situations from case studies concerning various ethical challenges.

The AAWRE's How to be an Effective Expert Witness session was also a sought event at the EWRI Congress with civil engineers that provide expert testimony in legal cases. The session was held on June 6 and instructed by David Williams, Ph.D., P.E., P.H.,  CFM, CPESC, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, D.T. Williams & Associates, Engineers, LLC.

Through the session, the attendees examined to understand the procedures and the psychology of the court process; how to deal with complex and contradicting questions; how to interact with the attorney, the opposing attorney, the judge and the jury; to state opinions and conclusions in an understandable and defensible manner.

AAWRE plans to host a special panel discussion on board certification and career path, as well as the ethics and expert witness sessions at the 2019 EWRI Congress in Pittsburgh.