March 23, 2012

Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE of WEST Consultants, Inc. in Tempe, Arizona, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID) in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Wahlin is a Senior Hydraulic Engineer with WEST and manages the firm’s Tempe, Arizona office. He has more than 18 years of experience and is an expert in irrigation, hydrology, hydraulics, sedimentation, geomorphology, flow measurement techniques, and hydraulic laboratory studies. Dr. Wahlin is dedicated to improving operations and management of irrigation districts and is known for his unique solutions to complex problems. For example, he developed a training tool for canal operators, which allows them to operate a canal system via a hydraulic model in a manner similar to a flight simulator for training pilots.

Dr. Wahlin’s duties on the USCID Board will include helping to educate member irrigation districts in the latest technological advances for irrigation and drainage projects. Dr. Wahlin is a Founding Diplomate of AAWRE since 2005; Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers/Environmental Water Resources Institute (ASCE/EWRI) Task Committee on Recent Advances in Canal Automation; and he has conducted Ethics training for AAWRE and served as an exam panelist for past few years.

USCID is a nonprofit, professional society, whose multi-disciplinary membership shares an interest in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of irrigation, drainage and flood control works; agricultural economics; water law; and environmental and social issues affecting irrigated agriculture.