Frank Kim

Rao Surampalli Named Honorary Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers

LENEXA, KANSAS — Dr. Rao. Y Surampalli, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, DEE, IWA Fellow, WEF Fellow, F.AAAS, Dist.M.ASCE, President & CEO of the Global Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, was recently named an Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (Hon.D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In support of AAWRE’s mission in ‘Elevating level of Standards’ – to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers, AAWRE’s Diplomate certification was developed to improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the profession of water resources engineers. The Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) represents strong professional ethics and a commitment to life-long learning and continuing professional development. Since the start of AAWRE’s Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer program, 600 water resources engineers worldwide have qualified for the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer credential.

The Honorary Diplomate status is AAWRE’s highest honor given to an individual.  Since the founding of AAWRE in October 2004, only thirty-six individuals have received the Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers (Hon.D.WRE) status from the Academy previously. Honorary Diplomate status is only granted to outstanding individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria: has attained a position of eminence in the water resources engineering profession, has made a singular noteworthy achievement or sustained noteworthy contributions to the advancement of the water resources engineering profession, or has rendered outstanding service over a sustained period of time in the field of water resources and to the work of the Academy.

Dr. Rao Surampalli, along with other new Honorary Inductees will be recognized and honored on May 18, 2015, during AAWRE’s 11th Anniversary Diplomate Ceremony at the 2015 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Rao Y. Surampalli is President, CEO and Chief Technology Officer of the Global Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability that provides consulting, technical and research services for the development of sustainable communites and societies throughout the world. He has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for 29 years and has retired with USEPA as an Engineer Director. Rao received M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State and Iowa State Universities, respectively.

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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 American Academy of Water Resources Engineers was founded by members of the ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and is the first Academy of the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) and ASCE.