IWR inducts alumni into Distinguished Gallery of Employees
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (Aug. 11, 2022) The Institute for Water Resources (IWR), a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Operating Activity, has bestowed its highest honor to nine alumni by inducting them into the IWR Class of 2022 Distinguished Gallery of Employees, to include the David Penick. Accepting the award on his behalf is IWR Director, Joe Manous (pictured). During Penick's 23-year career as Director of the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC), Mr. Penick helped design and implement The ORACLE Waterborne System (TOWS), the current waterway network geographic information system, and Master Docks Plus GIS system. These enhancements transformed WCSC from a hard copy publication office to a GIS-based Oracle relational database office. IWR used these data as input to transportation models to estimate benefits of new USACE navigation projects and set dredging priorities. As a WCSC rehired annuitant, Dave developed methods to improve the WCSC budget submission data. Throughout his many efforts, Dave’s leadership produced improved and consistent responsiveness to the public with many new products designed based on customer feedback. (Photo Credit: VIRIN: 220811-A-ET900-224)

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