February 15, 2018

Mr. D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., ENV SP, D.WRE, F.EWRI, Pres.09.ASCE has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award. Mr. Klotz is recognized for the award for his significant contributions in the practice of water resources engineering and his visionary leadership in the civil engineering profession. Mr. Klotz is the 4th recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award.

The AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award was established in 2014 to recognize a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the engineering practice based on either a single outstanding achievement or through a body of work related to the practice of environmental or water resources engineering.

Mr. Klotz made significant contributions throughout his 45-year career to the disciplines of environmental and water resources through engineering practice. Mr. Klotz has been involved with ASCE and EWRI at every level and has given countless hours to supporting and promoting these and other professional engineering organizations. His overall engagement in policy for water resources has been remarkable. His almost endless list of accomplishments demonstrates his commitment to securing and providing a safe, clean, abundant water supply to the Houston area, state of Texas and the nation, and is demonstrated by his involvement in every major water initiative in the state of Texas for over 30 years. His experience has allowed him to work on major projects for with water authorities in Texas, which has given him a state-wide presence.

Mr. Klotz was the president of Houston-based Klotz Associates, Inc., for nearly 3 decades. Mr. Klotz was appointed to the Coastal Water Authority’s board of directors in 2011 by Houston’s mayor, Annise D. Parker, and served as board president. He also served as co-chair for public works on Parker’s transition committee and was a member the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Community Resilience Task Force. Klotz earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1974 and a master’s degree, also in civil engineering, from the University of Houston in 1976, and he has established the Klotz Associates Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering at both universities.

His accolades include ASCE’s 2005 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, the 2011 Texas Engineer of the Year Award, and the 2011 Houston Engineer of the Year Award. Texas A&M named him a distinguished graduate in 2004, and ASCE’s Texas Section and that section’s Houston Branch have recognized his contributions with awards. The American Water Works Association honored him with lifetime membership for his more than 30 years of dedication to the association and the water profession. Mr. Klotz also served as ASCE National President in 2009 and was awarded the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer board certification in 2007.

In 2010, Mr. Klotz led ASCE to cofound the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and served as Chair in 2013. He has served on the board ever since, shepherding the institute’s education of civil engineers in sustainable design, certification of thousands of individuals nationwide and recognition of the first Gold Award for sustainable infrastructure. Wayne achieved ISI certification and encourages civil engineers nationwide to do the same. Today, some 350 projects are estimated to be using ISI’s Envision guidelines for sustainable infrastructure, and nearly 5,000 engineering professionals have earned their Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation.

Wayne stated on his recognition:

"I am honored to receive the 2018 AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award. Having spent 45 years pursuing water resources improvements, I have had the privilege to develop a large number of friends and colleagues in the field. Their knowledge and passion inspire me in my own endeavors. Knowing the incredible contributions of leaders in the field, I am humbled to be recognized for the work that I have done."

Mr. Klotz will be presented with the Outstanding Practitioner award at the 2018 AAWRE Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony on June 4 at the EWRI 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Minneapolis.

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