May 1, 2012

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The University of Arkansas College of Engineering honored Jerry Rogers, AAWRE Founder with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at its annual banquet on Saturday, April 21. This award honors College of Engineering graduates who have provided leadership in their communities and achieved distinction in their fields of endeavor.

“Our alumni are one of our college’s biggest strengths and their accomplishments speak directly to the quality of our academic program,” said Ashok Saxena, dean. “We are proud of all our alumni but this group is a sample of our very best.”

Jerry Rogers received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1963, and his master’s degree in 1964, both from the U of A. In 1966, he entered academia as an assistant professor of civil engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 1970, he earned a doctorate at Northwestern University.

Now an associate professor at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, Jerry’s research has focused on storm water management, hydrology, urban growth planning, drainage engineering, water distribution and water resource systems. His expertise in these areas has assisted the cities of Pearland, Conroe, Houston and Harris County Flood Control District with planning and hydrology.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has recognized Jerry with numerous awards, including the Houston Branch's and Texas Section’s Award of Honor, the Texas Section's Lifetime Service Award, the 1997 Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, and National Civil Engineering History Award and Honorarium. He was named an ASCE Fellow in 1999 and a Distinguished Member in 2008.

In 1996, Jerry was named the Houston Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers, and in 2011 he received the Lifetime Service Award from the Environmental & Water Resources Institute.

Jerry has served as President of the American Water Resources Association, the Engineers Council of Houston, Houston Branch and Texas Section ASCE, and ASCE National Vice President and Executive Committee in 2001-2003 and Board Member 1992-1995. Jerry served as a founder diplomate and on the National Board of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers from 2004-2009. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Chi Epsilon,Tau Beta Pi and the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering.

Jerry Rogers stated:

“Kevin Hall, Ph.D., P.E., Chair of Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas- Thank you for everything April 21 at the Arkansas Engineering Distinguished Alumni Banquet and for a wonderful experience for my wife and I in our later years!”

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