August 19, 2014

Portland, Oregon - To commemorate and celebrate its tenth year since the launch of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) in 2004, the AAWRE hosted its special tenth anniversary AAWRE Induction ceremony and Inaugural AAWRE Business Networking Luncheon at the EWRI's World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Portland, Oregon on June 2.  The special 10th anniversary induction ceremony celebrated and honored AAWRE’s first ten years of advancing the practice in water resources engineering, the original founding members, the new class of 2014 Diplomates and Honorary inductees, winner of the Inaugural AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering award, and the 2014 class of EWRI Fellows. 

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                                                                                                                2014 AAWRE Diplomate Inductees

The AAWRE held its first Diplomate Induction ceremony at the 2005 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Anchorage, Alaska and since has held the annual ceremony at each of the past EWRI Congresses.  Consistent with past ceremonies, the AAWRE ceremony represented leaders from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) as ASCE Immediate Past-President Greg DiLoreto, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE and EWRI President Karen Kabbes, P.E., ENV SP, D.WRE, M.ASCE participated in the ceremony, along with AAWRE President Paul Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, AAWRE President-Elect Jerry Webb, P.E., D.WRE, M.EWRI and AAWRE Past-President Rob Traver, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE.

The special ceremony began with remarks by AAWRE President Paul Boulos and introduction of Karen Kabbes and the 2014 class of EWRI Fellows.  The EWRI established the membership grade of EWRI Fellow to recognize its most outstanding members.  The four new members were AAWRE Diplomates- Xing Fang, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, Jagath Kaluarachchi, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, ENV SP, F.EWRI and Lindell Ormsbee, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI.  The new EWRI Fellows were invited on stage to receive their certificates by Ms. Kabbes and were photographed by photographer Bob Levy.

During the special ceremony, AAWRE recognized and honored the original founding AAWRE Board members for their leadership and contributions.  The founding members were called up to the stage and were given special plaques. 

AAWRE Past-President Greg DiLoreto remarked:

“We recognize that tonight, we are celebrating the ten years since the launch of the AAWRE. I now want to help recognize the founding members of the Academy- who had the vision, creativity and courage to start on the endeavor into professional certification on behalf of ASCE. We thank each of these dedicated professionals for their leadership and helping pave the way for advanced certification for ASCE.”

The founders were recognized- Jeffrey Bradley, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Bert Clemmens, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, Darryl Davis, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, William Espey, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, Yacov Haimes, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Walt Marlowe, P.E., CAE, M.ASCE, S.K. Nanda, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Michael Ports, P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, D.NE, F.ASCE, Jerry Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, P. Kay Whitlock, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE and Darell Zimbelman, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE.  Seven of the founding eleven members were in attendance to receive their plaques. 

AAWRE President Paul Boulos remarked on the special anniversary ceremony and directed his comments to AAWRE Diplomates:

"The evening was an unforgettable one, we held our landmark 10th Diplomate Induction Ceremony and saluted our founding members … our new class of Diplomates and EWRI Fellows for 2014 … our Honorary Inductees … and the winner of the Inaugural AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award. We also heard from inspiring speakers, including ASCE Past-President Greg DiLoreto and EWRI President Karen Kabbes, about the vital importance certification plays in helping to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers and elevate standards in civil engineering.

AAWRE cannot maintain its renowned level of excellence without your participation in the Academy and its work. With your help, support and leadership by example, AAWRE will continue to grow in standing and reputation, and advance the practice of water resources engineering. Thank you for all you do for AAWRE. We are proud of you and your achievements. For them and more, I salute you.”

The Inaugural AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering award was presented at the ceremony.  Mr. David Campbell, P.E., D.WRE was recognized for the outstanding practitioner award for his work in project management, engineering design and quality assurance reviews for a multitude of projects, including those selected for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) National Dam Rehabilitation Projects of the Year and the United States Society on Dams (USSD) Award of Excellence in a Constructed Dam Project.

Mr. Campbell was at ceremony to receive his award and he addressed the audience:

“My thoughts inevitably turn to my colleagues, friends and allies that have inspired, supported and enriched my career. This award belongs as much to them as to me because without them, I would have not just done less, but done less well. Along the way, we can each identify talented, motivated and caring people who have contributed ideas and enthusiasm, done some needed heavy lifting, or provided much needed counsel. Most never ask anything in return and, therefore, quietly seed a parallel duty in our own minds.”

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Front row from L to R: Linda Pechacek, Ben Willardson, Brian Murphy, Rahul Parab, Brad Hudgens, EWRI President - Karen Kabbes, Garey Fox, Ron Noble, Jos le Roux, Arturo Leon, John Brinkley, Desirée Tullos, AAWRE Past-President - Rob Traver, Mamo Thewodros, Srini Lingireddi, Ralph Wurbs. Top row from L to R: Xing Fang, AAWRE President-Elect - Jerry Webb, Jagath Kaluarachchi, Vijay Singh, Lindell Ormsbee, ASCE Past-President - Greg DiLoreto, AAWRE President - Paul Boulos, Yung-Hsin Sun, Dave Campbell, Cecil Lue-Hing, Steve Stockton, Sri Kamojjala.

The 2014 class of Honorary Diplomates inductees included two new members- Steve Stockton, P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE and Ralph Wurbs, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE.  The Honorary Diplomate is the highest honor that AAWRE bestows upon an individual.  The new Honorary Inductees were honored with an Honorary medallion, certificate, and lapel pin- as Dr. Boulos performed the honors of introducing each of the new Honorary inductees.

Mr. Stockton was recognized for the Honorary status for his career contributions and leadership as the Director of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. Mr. Stockton has over 40 years of professional experience in the engineering field and as the director of civil works at USACE, he shares the responsibilities of the Deputy Commanding General, Civil and Emergency Operations, under the policy guidance of the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), for managing and directing the policy development, programming, planning, design, construction, emergency response, operation and maintenance activities of the Army Civil Works Program, a program of water and related land resources of the United States.

Dr. Ralph Wurbs was elected to Honorary Diplomate eminence based on his outstanding contributions in the areas of water resources engineering practice, education, and research. With expertise in water resources planning and management, hydrologic and hydraulic engineering, river/reservoir system modeling, water allocation and water rights analysis, Dr. Wurbs has achieved notable success throughout his career in effectively integrating academic research and teaching endeavors with the endeavors of the practicing water management community.

Both inductees addressed the audience with their personal words of thanks and acknowledgements and posed for group pictures with the leaders of AAWRE, EWRI and ASCE.

The evening concluded with the induction of the 2014 Diplomates.  The tenth year ceremony drew the highest number of inductees at a ceremony since 2011, inducting more than twenty Diplomates.  Dr. Boulos performed the roll call, as Mr. Webb and Dr. Traver awarded each of the new inductees with certificates and lapel pins.

To view the list of the 2014 Diplomates

All inductees and ceremony participants gathered on stage for several group photos as family and friends looked on.

Earlier the same day, AAWRE leaders hosted the inaugural AAWRE Luncheon.  AAWRE celebrated the first ten years of the Academy, looking back on successes, the current progress of AAWRE and the D.WRE certification program, and a call for future growth and successes.  A special panel of speakers included the AAWRE, EWRI and ASCE leadership.  The special luncheon drew an attendance of 125 Diplomates and EWRI Congress attendees as all enjoyed a plated lunch at the EWRI Congress while learning about AAWRE activities and initiatives, and participating in a Q & A session with the leaders.  AAWRE plans to host the second networking luncheon and annual ceremony at the 2015 EWRI Congress in Austin, Texas in May.