November 2, 2017


Fellow AAWRE Diplomates and Colleagues:

It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your AAWRE President for the past year. The opportunity to work with such a distinguished and dedicated group of professional engineering leaders has been a true joy.

We have worked hard to raise the visibility, prestige and significance of the AAWRE and our Diplomate board certification program. We have made progress and on the right path.

I am proud to highlight our top AAWRE successes this past year:

  • Host our annual AAWRE Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony.
  • Fine-tune our strategic, business and marketing plans for sustaining excellence.
  • Strengthened national and international visibility, prestige and branding.
  • Continued and increased our revenue growth while limiting our expenses.
  • Increased number of new Diplomates by more than 11% and sustained corporate and organizational sponsorship by 125%.
  • AAWRE Bylaws and Rules were significantly modified and updated to better capture our processes and governance.

I'd like to extend my sincere gratitude to Mike Markus, our Past-President, who rotated off the Board, after 6 years of service on the AAWRE Board. Under his leadership, AAWRE advanced in many areas and raised our level of visibility and significance.  Mike and David Dee EWRI Ex-Officio will be missed on the Board.   

We welcome Pascale Champagne as our At-Large Trustee and Cris Surbeck as EWRI Ex-Officio. As Immediate Past-President, I will do my best to support our new President Roger Kilgore and President-Elect Joe Manous, and the rest of the Trustees. 

I ask you to continue to show your support of AAWRE by encouraging your fellow colleagues to apply to become a D.WRE, for you to continue to seek leadership opportunities, and spread the word of AAWRE's mission and goals

Thank you again for your kind support to me personally and for loyal support of the AAWRE and the engineering profession.

Yours truly,

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Deborah H. Lee, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, M.ASCE
AAWRE 2017 President
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