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Dr. Espey appointed to the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System External Review Panel

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced on October 19, 2005, that he had directed Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey to convene an independent panel of national experts, under the direction of the National Academies of Science, to evaluate the performance of hurricane protection systems in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.  The federal response includes an Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET), organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; a National Research Council (NRC) independent review panel; and an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) External Review Panel.  The IPET will include a broad range of interagency participation, private sectors, and academic expertise. The IPET is to obtain the facts by collecting, analyzing, testing, and modeling data and information on the performance of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System during Hurricane Katrina. 

 The ASCE has convened an External Review Panel to validate the products developed by the IPET and to report all findings directly to the NRC.  Larry H. Roth, Deputy Executive Director in consultation with the leadership of ASCE and Environmental Water Resources Institute, stated that "Dr. W.H. Espey, Jr. was selected as team leader for the Internal Urban Drainage Review because of his national reputation and expertise in hydrology, drainage, and flood control." 

The ASCE External Review Panel scope of work includes: data collection about the condition of the hurricane protection systems, before and after Hurricane Katrina; review of project construction and maintenance; numerical modeling to characterize the storm surge; analysis of flood walls, pumping stations, and levee performance; analysis of the impacts of economic decisions associated with hurricane protection systems; and examinations of the engineering and operational risk and reliability of the system. 

The study is expected to take approximately eight months to complete. All reports generated by these three panels will be made available to the public. For additional information regarding these panels, please contact (703) 697-2564.

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AAWRE Recognizes First Diplomates in 2005

Dr. W.H. Espey, P.E., a member of the Board of Trustees, Treasurer, and Diplomate for the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), along with more than 900 environmental and water resources engineering professionals attended the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) World Water and Environmental Resources Congress in Anchorage, Alaska, which took place May 15-19, 2005. The AAWRE and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) hosted a reception on May 16th to honor the first class and commend the 93 diplomates who attended the reception for completing ASCE’s first voluntary, postlicensure specialty certification program. ASCE’s president, William P. Henry, P.E., opened the reception by welcoming all attendees of the congress and congratulating the new diplomates.

The AAWRE, an ASCE subsidiary, was founded by practicing water resources professionals who are members of ASCE’s EWRI to improve the practice and elevate the standards of water resources engineering and to raise its stature. Approved by the AAWRE’s board of trustees in March 2005, the diplomates comprise a wide range of water resources engineering experts in academia, public service, and private practice. Diplomate status requires a bachelor of science followed by a master of science or a doctorate. In the absence of a graduate degree, a candidate must have earned 30 additional advanced-level credits in water resources engineering. Thisacademic preparation must be supplemented by 10 years of professional experience. In addition, three professional references are required along with proof of adherence to ethical codes of conduct. To maintain their certification, diplomates must obtain 30 professional development hours annually.

On July 20, 2005, Dr. W.H. Espey, P.E., as a representative of AAWRE’s board of trustees, attended a town hall briefing and award ceremony presented by Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, Chief of Engineers, United States Army Corps of Engineers at the Ft. Worth, District. As part of the award ceremony, Mr. Paul Rodman, Chief of the Reservoir Control Branch, was presented with a plaque honoring him for achieving AAWRE diplomate status.

Applications for those wishing to pursue diplomate status as a water resources engineer in the next round are due by August 30, 2005. For additional information or to complete an online application, please visit www.aawre.org.











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