Dr. Ralph Wurbs, Arthur McFarland Professor in the Environmental and Water Resources division of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, was recently named an Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (Hon.D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
In support of AAWRE’s mission of 'Elevating level of Standards' – to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers, AAWRE’s Diplomate certification was developed to improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the profession of water resources engineers. The Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) represents strong professional ethics and a commitment to life-long learning and continuing professional development. Since the start of AAWRE’s Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer program, 600 water resources engineers worldwide have qualified for theDiplomate, Water Resources Engineer credential.
The Honorary Diplomate status is AAWRE’s highest honor given to an individual. Since the founding of AAWRE in October 2004, only thirty-two individuals have received the Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers (Hon.D.WRE) status from the Academy previously. Honorary Diplomate status is only granted to outstanding individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria: has attained a position of eminence in the water resources engineering profession, has made a singular noteworthy achievement or sustained noteworthy contributions to the advancement of the water resources engineering profession, or has rendered outstanding service over a sustained period of time in the field of water resources and to the work of the Academy.
Dr. Wurbs along with other new Honorary Inductees will be recognized and honored on June 2 during AAWRE’s 10th Anniversary Diplomate Ceremony at the 2014 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Portland, Oregon.