Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Ralph A. Wurbs holder of the Arthur McFarland Professorship in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Wurbs is a professor in the Water Resources Engineering Division of the civil engineering department and associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute. His research interests are in water resources planning and management; hydraulics; hydrology; and water resources systems analysis.
Wurbs is the developer of the Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP), which is the generalized model for simulating river/reservoir system management incorporated in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Water Availability Modeling (WAM) System. The continually expanding WRAP/WAM system is extensively applied in support of administration of the statewide water rights permit system and regional and statewide planning.
Wurbs joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 1980. Wurbs earned a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M, a master's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, all in civil engineering.