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As Director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources (IWR), Robert (Bob) Pietrowsky oversees a $130 million program of water resources planning, policy & decision-support model development, training and national / international interface with academia, professional societies and non-government organizations. IWR’s mission emphasizes the linkage of economic, social, environmental, hydrologic and engineering risk considerations within a contemporary evaluation framework for water resources systems, global change and collaborative problem solving. IWR has offices in five locations, with its headquarters in Alexandria, VA including the Navigation & Civil Works Decision Support Center; the Conflict Resolution & Public Participation Center; and the U.N affiliated International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management, for which he also serves as Director. IWR’s remote centers include: the Hydrologic Engineering Center, Davis, CA; the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, New Orleans, LA; and the Risk Management Center (for Dam & Levee Safety) with offices in Golden, CO &  Pittsburgh, PA.      

Bob’s 40-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has afforded him with the opportunity to experience water resources issues through a wide range of perspectives. He began his career at the Corps New York District as a planning practitioner and later as a District planning/engineering field office Chief where he directed a $3 billion water resources development program. Previously at the Institute, he served as Chief of the Navigation Division and as Director of the Federal Infrastructure Strategy Program.    

Bob received a B.S. in Engineering from Stony Brook (SUNY) University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering with dual specialties in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Planning from Polytechnic Institute of New York. Bob is a graduate of the Corps Water Resources Planning Associates Program, a charter member of the Corps Executive Development Program for Engineers & Scientists, and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s resident leadership program for executives.  He’s been recognized with numerous honors, including the 2013 LTG John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award; Federal Executive Board‘s “Executive of the Year”; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Meritorious Civilian Service Award; the North Atlantic Division’s Planner of the Year (3 times) & Planning Team of the Year (also 3 times), and the USACE’s National Planning Team award.

Bob is the principal author of over thirty planning studies and technical reports for river basins in the U. S., and more than fifty IWR and USG reports on a wide range of water topics. He is a multiple Past-Chair of ASCE’s Waterways Committee, a member of ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute, and has served multiple terms on the NRC’s Transportation Research Board Committee on Ports and Channels. Bob also has represented the Corps and/or the U.S. on a number of water boards or committees, including the U.S. National Committee for the International Hydrological Program (IHP); the Governing Board for the Institute for Water Education (IHE) in Delft, Netherlands; the Permanent Engineering Board (PEB) for the Columbia River Treaty (U.S. & Canada); the Steering Committee for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA); the U.S. Water Partnership’s (USWP) Operations Working Group; the Executive Council for the National Drought Information System (NDIS); and co-lead of the Interagency Water Sector Technical Team for the 2013 National Climate Assessment (NCA). 


Robert A. Pietrowsky
Supervisory Civil Engineer
Director of IWR
IWR Executive Office