May 24, 2018

AAWRE is proud to announce the following events to be held at the EWRI 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Minneapolis!

AAWRE Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony
Monday, June 4 - 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Location: Nicollet D

Join us for the 14th Annual AAWRE Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony in Minneapolis on June 4 at the 2018 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress! The AAWRE will recognize the 2018 Diplomates class and the 2018 AAWRE Awards recipients. Speakers will include ASCE President-Elect Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE; EWRI President Cristiane Queiroz Surbeck, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, F.EWRI, M.ASCE; and AAWRE President Roger T. Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE. Come and network with fellow Diplomates and raise a glass to toast the new class of AAWRE Diplomates!

Pictured: 2017 Diplomates class and awards recipients at 2017 AAWRE Ceremony in Sacramento, CA. From L to R: Bert Clemmens, Deborah Lee, Ruth Hocker, Jennifer Nunn, Thomas Browning Anthony Donigian, John Gulliver, Farhang Mostaghimi, George Modini, Nathan Pingel, Roger Kilgore, Ashok Bathulla, Kristina Swallow, Mark Woodson. Photo by Bob Levy.


Professional Ethics Session
Monday, June 4 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Northstar A

Instructor: Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE – USACE  Institute For Water Resources

What is Civil Engineering? Is civil engineering basically a service provided to project developers and other customers of constructed works that seek economically viable, sustainable products that are also safe, OR is it a more nebulous “profession” that works with ill‐defined problems, incomplete information, that yields results that might have probabilities of failure associated with them. In the first situation, codes and standards developed by a community of researchers and practitioners and enforced by the government provide the authority and protection for the work and services provided. In the latter case, the individual engineer, often working with a team, performs their duties as a member of a “learned profession” and applies judgment based on education, experience, and reason to develop a
solution, thereby assuming personal responsibility. In both cases, but most significantly in the later, trust by the customer and the public is required to exercise this judgment. Sustaining and even enhancing trust is an essential component for the success of any learned profession and certainly the responsibility of any Civil Engineering Professional.

Through the session, the participants will discuss:
• The relationship between public trust, personal behavior, learned professions.
• Concepts for considering different ethical situations.
• Situations from case studies concerning various ethical challenges.

Special Panel Discussion on Board Certification Session
Tuesday, June 5 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Northstar A

AAWRE will host the first special session on a panel discussion on the importance of post-licensure board certification during the 2018 EWRI Congress on June 5! Leading experts in the engineering profession will participate on a special panel to discuss how the Diplomate Board Certification can be a catalyst in advancing the engineering profession by leading the charge in integrating post-licensure board certification as a vital component in the pathway in progressive responsibility in civil engineering careers. Come and join the conversation!


Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE – Queen’s University
Rachel Ickert, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Tarrant Regional Water District
Roger Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE – AAWRE President; Kilgore Consulting  (Moderator)
Deborah Lee, P.E., P.H., SES, D.WRE, M.ASCE – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
Andrés A. Salazar, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Walter P. Moore
Jon Zufelt, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, D.WRE, F.ASCE – HDR

Expert Witness Session
Wednesday, June 6 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Northstar A

Instructor: David Williams, Ph.D., P.E., P.H.,  CFM, CPESC, F.EWRI, F.ASCE – D.T. Williams & Associates, Engineers, LLC

In the litigious atmosphere of today, professionals are often asked to be expert witnesses in civil suits, or to simply provide services for mediations and forensic investigations. Join Dr. David Williams to learn what to expect when asked to participate in legal processes or forensic investigations, how to prepare, and how to minimize your business’ exposure to possible legal actions.  Unlike most expert witness presentations presented by attorneys, Dr. David Williams brings to the table his experience as an expert witness in over 35 court actions.  Dr. Williams will discuss ethical conduct and the role of the expert witness as a non-advocate. He will also explore what is expected behavior throughout the process, how to handle oneself under pressure, and how to prepare for mediations, deposition and trial.

Through the session, the attendees will learn:

  • Understand the procedures and the psychology of the court process.
  • How to deal with complex and contradicting questions.
  • How to interact with your attorney, the opposing attorney, the judge and the jury.
  • State opinions and conclusions in an understandable and defensible manner.

If you have any questions on the AAWRE events, please contact us at [email protected]!