March 27, 2017

The Amecian Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) is proud to announce that Richard N. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, has been named a Distinguished Member of ASCE.

Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow.  It is reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE Members or Fellows.  One class of recipients is formally inducted annually.

A Distinguished Member is a person who has attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction."

Whether elected from the membership as a Society Fellow or Member, Distinguished Members (formerly called Honorary Members) are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Society. The total number of Distinguished Members elected in any year should not exceed one for every 7,500 members. Members of the Board of Direction are ineligible for election to honorary membership during their terms of active membership on the Board of Direction.

Richard Palmer is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, where he has taught since 1979.  His primary areas of interest are in the impacts of climate change on water resources, drought planning and management, watershed management, and real-time water resource management, particularly applied to drought identification and management.  At the University of Washington, he teaches classes in the areas of systems engineering, optimization, and water resources planning and management. 

Dr. Palmer grew up in Dallas, Texas and received his Masters from Stanford University in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1979.  His Ph.D. research created a water planning process recognized as a finalist by ASCE for Engineering Achievement of the Year in 1983.  He received recognition for the Best Practice-Oriented Paper of the Year in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management by the ASCE in 1989. 

He was awarded the Huber Award for Research Excellence by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1992.  He received the “Service to the Professional” Award from the Water Resources Planning and Management Division of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1998.   Dr. Palmer received the Julian Hinds Award from ASCE in 2006, for his contributions to the field of water resources planning and the evaluation of the impacts of climate change on water resources. 

Dr. Palmer is married and has three children.  He maintains a life-long interest in jazz, but has limited performance skills.