August 10, 2017

AAWRE founding member and Past-President Kay Whitlock, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE was recently appointed to serve on the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB), a board that operates under The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Ms. Whitlock will work with eleven other board members and seven staff members to generate ideas for projects, develop stakeholder relationships and serve as an expert advisor in water science and technology to the federal government and the country.

Kay is a renowned expert in areas of water resource management, stormwater management, flood control, water and natural resource engineering, federal, state and local funding and legislative testimony for project authorizations. She is one of the founding members that helped launch the AAWRE over a decade ago and served as AAWRE President in 2010. Kay also served as Co-Chair of the ASCE’s Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices in 2014 - a committee established by ASCE to examine the findings put forth in the 2007 report of the External Review Panel entitled The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System: What Went Wrong and Why—to examine the response to the call for action issued in the report.

Ms. Whitlock is currently the Vice-President at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL), based in Rosemont, Illinois. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as part of the Master Civil Engineering team, Whitlock currently manages the hydrology, hydraulics and water resource permitting for the O’Hare Modernization Program. In 2005, she worked with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to develop the Stormwater Management Plan for Cook County.

Kay also co-chairs the Advisory Board for the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois. The PRI Advisory Board advises U of I’s Vice Chancellor for Research. PRI houses the scientific research arms of Illinois including: Illinois State Water Survey, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois Geological Survey, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Illinois Archeological Survey.

The Water Science and Technology Board was established in 1982 to provide a focal point for studies related to water resources accomplished under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The board's objective is to improve the scientific and technological basis for resolving important questions and issues associated with the efficient management and use of water resources.

Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, President of CBBEL remarked:

“Kay has been an asset to the CBBEL team for over 15 years and I am thrilled that WSTB has recognized her talent and expertise in the area of water resources engineering.”

Elizabeth Eide, Senior Board Director at WSTB stated:

“Kay Whitlock’s long experience with various aspects of water resource management and engineering, as well as her work with federal and state government and the private sector will fulfill an important role for us on the Water Science and Technology Board.  We’re really looking forward to working with Kay and the other members over the coming years.”


“I’m thrilled and honored to be selected for the Water Science and Technology Board.  WSTB has a great history of solving important water resources questions and issues and I look forward to tackling those challenges with my fellow board members.”     

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