June 22, 2018

The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) hosted its 14th annual Diplomates Induction ceremony at the EWRI's 2018 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Minneapolis on June 4. AAWRE recognized and inducted the 2018 class of board certified Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE) and honored the 2018 AAWRE awards recipients. The ceremony included speakers EWRI President Cristiane Queiroz Surbeck, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, F.EWRI, M.ASCE; ASCE President-Elect Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, AAWRE President Roger T. Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE and AAWRE Past-President Deborah H. Lee, P.E., P.H., SES, D.WRE, M.ASCE.

From L to R: Deborah Lee, Joe Manous, Rachel Ickert, Michael Buechter, Andrés Salazar, Robin Kemper, Jacob Odgaard, Jon Zufelt, Roger Kilgore, Adnan Alsaffar, Robert Ryan, Randel Dymond, Steve Starrett, Wayne Klotz, John Ramirez-Avila (accepting on behalf of Dennis Truax), Cristiane Surbeck. Photos by Robert Levy.

The AAWRE hosts the AAWRE Induction ceremony annually to celebrate the new class of Diplomates, its award recipients, and also gives special recognitions to AAWRE leaders that have made significant contributions in efforts aligned with AAWRE’s mission and vision. The ceremony was sponsored by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of ASCE and the Trinity River Authority of Texas.

The ceremony began with EWRI President Cris Surbeck welcoming the audience. Dr. Surbeck remarked, "I am pleased to welcome family, friends, Diplomates, and especially new Diplomates to the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers Induction and Awards ceremony. It was EWRI members who created the first Academy, AAWRE, for Civil Engineering Certification in 2004. Becoming a Board Certified Diplomate of the Academy requires experience beyond the license to practice as a professional engineer and beyond additional graduate education. We at EWRI feel it is our duty to support AAWRE each year and during the annual Congress to help elevate the standards of the water resources engineering profession. Welcome, everyone, to this important event.”

ASCE President-Elect Robin Kemper addressed the audience, in which Ms. Kemper provided an overview and historical context in ASCE launching the AAWRE as the pilot certification program to support professional post-licensure board certification and its significance: “AAWRE was the catalyst and the first pilot professional certification program started by ASCE in 2004 and since, there have been 3 additional professional certification programs created by ASCE. I want to personally thank all of you here, AAWRE and all the leaders through EWRI, for having the vision and creativity, in making AAWRE a successful program and the catalyst in professional certification for ASCE. Currently, ASCE’s certification programs have granted nearly 1,300 Diplomate board certifications.

Among the Diplomate ranks are seven ASCE past-presidents, 20 Institute past-presidents, and several dozen ASCE Distinguished Members. This does not mean that professional certification is an end of career achievement, actually it is the opposite. Because professional certification is based on minimum requirements, most civil engineers are eligible to become a Diplomate by their mid 30’s and will reap the most benefits from the program. It is ASCE’s goal to increase the benefits as the Academies mature, including providing those who hold the certification a leg-up on their competitors. If you are not a Diplomate but meet the minimum requirements I urge you to consider becoming a Diplomate.”

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EWRI President Cris Surbeck and AAWRE President Roger Kilgore.

To begin the ceremony portion of the evening, AAWRE President Roger Kilgore presented the 2018 AAWRE Service to the Academy Award to Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE for his outstanding and on-going contributions to the mission of the AAWRE. The AAWRE Service to the Academy Award was instituted by AAWRE in 2015 to recognize a Diplomate or an Honorary Diplomate that has demonstrated outstanding and extensive service or contributions to the Academy.

Dr. Rogers addressed the audience on the award, “I am very grateful for this award and honor. I want to thank my colleagues that nominated this award on my behalf, Kyle Schilling and Yacov Haimes. Thank you.”

The 2018 AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award was presented to D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., ENV SP, D.WRE, F.EWRI, Pres.09.ASCE for his significant contributions in the practice of water resources engineering and his visionary leadership in the civil engineering profession. 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. Both Rogers and Klotz were presented with the award plaques by Robin Kemper and AAWRE President-Elect Joe Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE.

AAWRE President Kilgore stated regarding the new class of Diplomates being inducted, “We celebrate and congratulate these outstanding leaders and professional engineers who are making significant contributions to the water resources engineering profession and leading by example in furthering AAWRE's mission to improving the practice, elevating the standards and advancing the profession of civil engineering.”

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AAWRE founding member Jerry Rogers and AAWRE Past-President Deborah Lee.

For the Diplomate induction portion of the ceremony, AAWRE Past-President Deborah Lee performed the roll call, as Kilgore and Manous awarded each of the new inductees with certificates and lapel pins. All new inductees got an opportunity to take personal pictures with Kemper and Kilgore.

New 2018 class of Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers  (note: not all new Diplomates were able to attend the ceremony)

Faheem Ahmad, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, BCEE, M.ASCE – Engineering Consultant
Adnan M. Alsaffar, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE - Consultant Environmental Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering
Michael T. Buechter, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Metro.  St. Louis Sewer District
Thomas W. Browning, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Michael Baker Int’l
Debra L. Burris, P.E., L.S., BCEE, D.WRE, M.ASCE – DDB Engineering, Inc.
Randel L. Dymond, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE – Virginia Tech University
David Dzombak, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, NAE, F.ASCE – Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Anthony L. Fernandes, P.E., D.WRE – Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.
Paul J. Fleming, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE – Fleming Consulting Engineers
Kevin Flora, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – California Department of Transportation
Nathan N. Foged, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Brown and Caldwell
Rachel A. Ickert, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Tarrant Regional Water District
Michael Konieczki, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – David Ford Consulting Engineers
Eugene LeBoeuf, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE – Vanderbilt University
Hugo Loaiciga, Ph.D. P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE – University of California SB
A Jacob Odgaard, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE – University of Iowa
Gregory S. Paxson, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Schnabel Engineering
Brett C. Phillips, Ph.D., CPEng., D.WRE, F.ASCE – Cardno NSW/ACT
Russell C. Reed, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – DOWL Engineering
Robert J. Ryan, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Temple University
Andrés A. Salazar, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Walter P. Moore
David S. Thaler, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE – D.S. Thaler & Associates, LLC
Dennis Truax, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE – Mississippi State   Univ.
David J. Watson, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Duke Energy

AAWRE also recognized AAWRE At-Large Trustee D. Phil Turnipseed, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE and Past-President Lee for their leadership and service on the AAWRE Board of Trustees. Phil served on the AAWRE Board from 2014 thru May 2018 and Deborah is serving her current term since 2015, serving as AAWRE President in 2016-2017. Deborah previously served on the AAWRE Board from 2010-2013.

The ceremony was followed by a reception for all in attendance- as families and colleagues congratulated the new Diplomates. AAWRE plans to host the next annual Induction ceremony in Pittsburgh during the special EWRI 20th Anniversary World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in May 2019.

>To view pictures from the 2018 EWRI Congress