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American Academy of Water Resources Engineers


The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) was founded in October 2004 under the leadership and guidance of members from ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), and was the first Academy created within Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC). AAWRE started the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) certification to adhere to ASCE’s Policy 465- to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers and to ‘elevate the standards’ in civil engineering. AAWRE’s mission is to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the profession of water resources engineering by certifying engineers with specialized knowledge in water resources, recognizing the ethical practice of water resources engineering at the expert level, encouraging continued professional development for engineers, and supporting positions on water resources issues important to the public health. The D.WRE program is an accredited certification program through the Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).

Water resources engineering is the professional discipline for the stewardship and sustainable use of the world’s water and related resources that develops and applies scientific and engineering principles to plan, design, construct, manage, operate, and maintain infrastructure and programs.

Every engineer to whom the Academy grants a valid Certificate of Special Knowledge in any specialty field of water resources engineering shall be designated a "Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE)" and a Diplomate of the Academy. Every person to whom the Academy grants a valid Honorary Certificate of Special Knowledge in water resources engineering shall be designated an "Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (Hon.D.WRE)" and a Honorary Diplomate of the Academy.

AAWRE has granted the Diplomate certification to over six-hundred professional engineers.

All Diplomates shall hold and enjoy equal rights and privileges, except as may be otherwise set forth by the Bylaws.

AAWRE is led by a Board of Trustees consisting of eleven (11) voting and two (2) non-voting members. The 2013-14 AAWRE Board of Trustees is:

  •   Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Dist.D.NE, Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE – President
  •   Jerry W. Webb, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE– President-Elect
  •   Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE – Past-President
  •   Michael R. Markus, P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, F.ASCE – Treasurer    
  •   Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, M.ASCE
  •   Steven R. Abt, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
  •   C. Dale Jacobson, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE
  •   Lizette Chevalier, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE
  •   Roger T. Kilgore, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
  •   Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
  •   Ann Bowles – Public Trustee
  •   Karen C. Kabbes, P.E., D.WRE, ENV SP, M.ASCE – Ex-Officio (non-voting) 
  •   Frank Kim, Aff.M.ASCE - Secretary (non-voting)

AAWRE Past-Trustees:

  • Debra H. Lee, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, M.ASCE (2010-2013)
  • Michael A. Ports, P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, D.NE, F.ASCE (2004-2009; 2010-2013) 
  • William H. Espey, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE  (2004-2013)     
  • Kenneth A. Goodwin, Esq., Aff.M.ASCE (2006-2013)    
  • Rao Y. Surampalli, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE (2009-2012)
  • S.K. Nanda, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE (2004-2012) 
  • Kyle E. Schilling, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE (2008-2011) 
  • P. Kay Whitlock, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE (2004-2011) 
  • Dan W. Boyd, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE  (2007-2010)
  • Jon E. Jones, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE  (2007-2010)
  • Erika P. Moonin, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE  (2007-2010)
  • Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE (2004-2009)
  • Jeffrey B. Bradley, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE (2004-2008)
  • Darell D. Zimbelman, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE (2004-2007)
  • Darryl W. Davis, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE (2004-2007)
  • Albert J. Clemmens, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE (2004-2007)
  • Yacov Y. Haimes, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE (2004-2006)
  • James P. Heaney, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, D.WRE, M.ASCE (2006-2008)

Applicants for certification as a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) shall demonstrate that each applicant meets the prescribed Body of Knowledge for Water Resources Engineering by demonstrating:

  • Active engagement in the professional practice of water resources engineering.
  • A valid license to practice professional engineering in the U.S. or equivalent license issued by a foreign country.
  • An undergraduate degree in engineering and either 1) a master of science or master of engineering degree in water resources, civil, agricultural, environmental, or 2) a doctoral degree in water resources, civil, agricultural, environmental engineering, or 3) have earned a minimum of thirty graduate level semester hours related to water resources engineering from a college with engineering program(s), or their equivalent.** (If degree(s) are outside of engineering, the applicant must get approval from the Academy’s admissions committee.)
  • Ten years minimum of professional experience in water resources engineering work, in which a mimimum of six years must have been accumulated after P.E. licensure or foreign equivalent. The experience shall include active participation in responsible planning, design, analysis, operation, management, regulation, research, or teaching. In the case of teaching, the work experience shall be at an educational institution of recognized standing, or its equivalent.
  • Agreement in writing to adhere to the AAWRE Code of Ethics. AAWRE advocates high ethical standings in the profession.
  • Submission of a complete application, together with all fees and supporting documentation as required, including written recommendations endorsing the applicant from three peers who possess a valid license to practice professional engineering issued in the U.S. or equivalent license issued by a foreign country.
  • Passage of an oral examination in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Trustees. The oral examination shall consist of two phases:
  • An oral examination demonstrating that the applicant has mastered the requisite water resources engineering body of knowledge (WRE BOK) at the expert level, and
  • An oral defense of the presentation in the form of questions and answers.

The Admissions Committee may waive the panel oral exam, if the candidate has demonstrated extensive and superior qualifications and background.

These requirements are current as of November 2013. They are subject to change upon formal approval by the AAWRE Board of Trustees and the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) Board of Directors.

For additional information on the AAWRE, please visit the AAWRE web site at: or contact AAWRE Staff:

Frank Kim, Aff.M.ASCE – Program Manager

John J. Segna, P.E., BCEE, QEP, M.ASCE - Executive Director

American Academy of Water Resources Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, Virginia 20191
(T) 703-295-6414
(F) 703-295-6415