HEC Engineers Highlight New Software Capabilities at Water Resources Conference
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The annual World Environmental and Water Resources Congress was organized by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Austin, TX, 17 – 21 May 2015. Approximately 1000 water resources engineers from various Federal, state and local agencies participated in the conference with others from academia, the water resources profession and foreign entities. The theme of this year’s Congress was “Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems: Managing Our Resources Despite Growing Demand and Diminishing Funds”. The Congress was very well run with an assortment of technical tracks, short courses, plenary presentations, award lectures, technical tours and social events. The Congress offers a great way to hear about new trends in the profession and to share ideas with other water resources engineers. A total of 34.5 Professional Development Hours or PDH’s were offered through the Congress. Professional Engineers are obligated to seek continuing education units and attendance and participation at a Congress such as the ASCE/EWRI Congress helps you to meet that professional requirement.
A number of the IWR’s Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) staff including Chris Dunn (Director), Matt Fleming (HHT Division Chief), Gary Brunner, Mark Jensen, and Jay Pak (Senior Hydraulic Engineers) and Kervi Ramos (HEC intern and University of California at Davis student) participated. Collectively, they made nine presentations. In addition, Mr. Dunn was a Panel Member in the discussion of “How to Educate the Next Generation of Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysts”.