May 23, 2014

This year marks a decade since the founding of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and it is a milestone that belongs to all AAWRE Diplomates, AAWRE leaders and many cooperating organizations that have invested in the growth and success of the AAWRE.  To commemorate the first ten years of the AAWRE, the Academy will host a series of unprecedented scope of events at the 2014 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Portland, Oregon in June!


AAWRE Engineering Ethics Session – Monday, June 2 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM

Instructors: Jim Lenhart, P.E., D.WRE & Rick Van Bruggen, P.E., D.WRE

When involved with the sale of a product it is critical to know that the costs associated with sales expense, design and engineering are recuperated at the time of the transaction sale.  If the market reaction is to constantly value engineer products off of the specification, the natural reaction of the manufacturer is to reduce these up front services, to cut costs.  The result can be poor design, because the engineer did not know of all the design parameters to consider, etc.

This creates a downward spiral of quality applications, poor service on part of the manufacturer, an erosion of the product and manufacturer reputation, etc.  Both the engineer and the regulator need to perform the needed due diligence use their best engineering judgment.   The regulator needs to constantly evaluate their process to ensure they are maintaining the bar height on a level playing field.

Engineers and regulators need to be open to sales and technical presentations, however they need to question claims and seek peer review if  information presented, is outside of their expertise.  Sales and marketing people need to respect public policy and periodically review the engineering code of ethics that they and their customers are expected to adhere to. 

In this special interactive ethics session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and explore the different facets of professional ethics in dealing with sales and negotiations and discuss resolutions.


AAWRE Networking Luncheon – Monday, June 2 from 1 PM to 2 PM

At the first AAWRE Business Networking Luncheon, you will have the opportunity to hear from AAWRE leaders about organization activities and initiatives and to meet and network with fellow Diplomates and other EWRI Congress attendees while enjoying a delicious meal! Diplomates will receive a discount on tickets at 50% using the code DWRE14.

There are still tickets available for purchase:   Tickets at $20 each for general Congress attendees. (Log in with ASCE username and password to purchase online. If you are not an ASCE member, simply create a username and password to purchase your ticket.)


AAWRE 10th Anniversary Ceremony – Monday, June 2 from 6 PM to 6:45 PM

You will have an evening to remember as a Who’s Who of our profession gather to celebrate AAWRE’s first ten years of advancing the practice in water resources engineering at a landmark 10th Diplomate Induction Ceremony at the EWRI Congress. The event will salute our founding members, our new class of Diplomates for 2014 and 2014 EWRI Fellows, the Honorary Inductees and the winner of the Inaugural AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award. 

During this unforgettable night, you’ll also hear inspiring speakers, including the ASCE Past-President and EWRI president, and have the opportunity to meet and talk with fellow Diplomates and AAWRE leaders. Open to all Congress attendees!


AAWRE Testifying Expert Engineers Session – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM

Instructor: Rick Van Bruggen, P.E., D.WRE

The role of the expert witness is to teach, 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.

The role of the expert witness in litigation support and trial testimony will be discussed in this Session, offering various methods for being a more effective expert, both in dealing with your client lawyer, and providing more effective and memorable testimony to the judge and jury at trial. The process of delivery of testimony will be discussed in the context of the expert being the teacher, and the jury his class. A number of persuasive strategies for making complex technical concepts more understandable will be presented, and the application of proper ethics throughout the expert witness engagement process will be discussed, by way of examples in the field of water resources engineering.


For all inquiries regarding AAWRE events, please contact AAWRE at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!