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UW Key Player in International Water Conference

September 17, 2009

The University of Wyoming's College of Engineering and Applied Science played a major role as co-sponsor and coordinator of a recent international water engineering congress in Vancouver, B.C.

"The  International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research Congress drew international attention to water processes and issues in Wyoming," says CEAS Dean Rob Ettema, who was chair of the conference technical program. He says the congress theme -- "Water Engineering for a Sustainable Environment" -- addressed the central roles of hydraulic engineering in creating and maintaining a sustainable environment. It also considered how these roles link to broader aspects of environmental sustainability of watersheds and coasts.

"Sessions addressed major water engineering considerations associated with the sustainable wellbeing of the environment of local, regional and global scales," Ettema says.

UW facilitated several of the congress' sessions and speakers, included Timothy Killeen, the National Science Foundation's assistant director for the geosciences, and Shan Schmitz, senior vice president of CH2M Hill and program manager of the Panama Canal Expansion Program.

More than 1,100 scientists, researchers and engineers from throughout the world attended the congress.

Rob Ettema

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009

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