ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The Institute for Water Resources welcomes new Director, Dr. Joe Manous. As Director, Dr. Manous oversees a multi-disciplinary Field Operating Agency that supports USACE’s Civil Works (water resources) missions through water resources planning, policy and decision-support model development; hydraulic and hydrological engineering; dam and levee safety; and training and national/international interface with academia, professional societies, and non-government organizations.
Prior to becoming IWR Director, Joe served as a Water Resources Engineer and Manager for International Activities at IWR, where he specialized in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water. He also worked closely with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Headquarters USACE, and was an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching courses in engineering economics and water resources. Dr. Manous is a retired US Army Corps of Engineers officer and his last active duty assignment was as Academy Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he taught courses in environmental engineering, water resources, and environmental security.
Dr. Manous is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Civil Engineering), North Georgia College (Physics), University of Illinois (M.S., Civil Engineering), US Army War College (Masters of Strategic Studies), and University of Minnesota (Ph.D., Environmental Engineering). He is active in several professional engineering organizations including American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, National Institute of Engineering Ethics, Society of American Military Engineers, Order of the Engineer, and the Army Engineer Association. Joe is a 2014 recipient of the SAME President’s Medal; 2012 ASCE Government Engineer of the Year award; 2012 The Infrastructure Security Partnership, Annual Award for Distinguished Leadership in Critical Infrastructure Resilience; 2010 ASCE Professional Practice, Ethics, and Leadership Award; and 2008 AEA Silver deFleury Medal. Dr. Manous is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE) and a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Joe is married to the former Stephanie Scott of Decatur, GA, and they have four children, Kristen, Andrew, Abby, and Olivia.
Joe’s wealth of experience, strategic thinking, and technical expertise, will prove an asset in his new role at IWR.
“The hallmark of any organization,” stated Dr. Manous, “is its unique contribution to the success of a goal or mission. IWR has a distinct position within the USACE Civil Works program to work on challenging water resources issues facing not only USACE, but the Nation. This is not simply employment, but a personal and professional responsibility that becomes increasingly challenging in an ever complex technical, social, political, and fiscally constrained world.”
Under Dr. Manous’ leadership, IWR will continue to support its mission to analyze and provide recommendations to USACE leadership on future water resources challenges facing USACE and the Nation, while providing “state of the art to state of the practice” water resources support.
“Joe is technically well qualified and well respected within USACE and the science, engineering, and water resources communities. I am certain he and IWR will continue to excel moving forward,” commented James Dalton, PE., SES, USACE Director of Civil Works. “Please join me in congratulating Joe on this selection!”
For more information, visit IWR’s website.