Uri Shamir is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Founding Director (1992-2003) of the Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He holds a BSc (1962) from the Technion and a PhD (1966) from MIT, and has published widely on hydrology, water supply systems, management of water resource systems, water policy, and management of international waters.
Since 1992 Prof. Shamir is senior advisor to the Israeli Water and Sewage Authority (IWA) and previously (1967-92) to Mekorot, Israel's National Water Supply Company. At the IWA he is a member of the core team that elaborates the Water Master Plan, member of the negotiating team with Israel's neighbors on water, chairs the Steering Team for Monitoring Lake Kinneret and its Watershed, and member of the Steering Committee for rainfall enhancement by cloud seeding.
Prof. Shamir was Chair the Israeli Association of Hydrology (1984-1986), President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (1991-1995), Vice President of IUGG - the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (1995-1999 & 1999-2003) and IUGG President (2003-2007). He served on the Executive Board of ICSU - the International Council of Science (2005-2011). He Chairs the Technical Advisory Committee of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP-TAC), the UN-wide water programme led by UNESCO.
Among his honors: Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Foreign Member of the Spanish Academy of Science, Honorary Member of the Israel Water Resources Association, recipient of the 2000 International Hydrology Prize, recipient of the ASCE Julian Hinds Award for significant contributions to water resources management, Fellow of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the ASCE, and recipient of the Life-Long Achievement Award of the Israeli Water Association.
F. ASCE, F. EWRI
EWRI Fellow Since 2013