2015 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Networking Events

AWRA Technical Committee Meeting Schedule during the Annual Conference

1. IWRM Committee: Monday, Nov. 16; 12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM, Mt. Elbert A Room, 2nd Floor Grand Hyatt Conference Center
2. Technology Committee, Tuesday, Nov. 17; 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Mt. Elbert A Room, 2nd Floor Grand Hyatt Conference Center
3. Policy Committee: Tuesday, Nov. 17; 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM, Mt. Elbert A Room, 2nd Floor Grand Hyatt Conference Center
4. International Committee: Wednesday, Nov. 18; 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Capital Peak A Room, 38th Floor, Grand Hyatt Conference Center
5. Future Risk Committee: Thursday, Nov. 19; 7:00 AM-8:30 AM, Mt. Elbert A Room, 2nd Floor Grand Hyatt Conference Center
6. Flowing Waters Committee: Thursday, Nov. 19; 12:00 noon -1:30 PM, Mt. Elbert A Room, 2nd Floor Grand Hyatt Conference Center


AWRA Conversation Corner

Open throughout the conference and free of charge to everyone!

The American Water Resources Association's mission is to foster communication across all disciplines involved in the water resources community thereby creating lasting connections which will help forge solutions to our nation's ever increasing water resources challenges. AWRA along will set aside a space - "Conversation Corner" - to engage your colleagues in meaningful dialogues. Internet connections will also be available to check email.

AWRA Employment Opportunity Board

Open throughout the conference and free of charge to everyone!
  • Is there an opening at your place of employment? You can place an announcement on the Board.
  • Are you currently seeking a new job? You can put a copy of your resume on the Board and have some for distribution.

Monday / November 16


Informational Session: How to Publish a Great Peer-reviewed Journal Article

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Led by Jim Wigington
JAWRA Editor-in-Chief
American Water Resources Association, Middleburg, VA

Jim Wigington, JAWRA Editor-in-Chief, and Associate Editors will present insights and practical steps to successfully publishing in water-related technical journals. Topics will include: defining the scope and content of a paper, who should be an author or coauthor, selecting a journal, effective writing, wise use of figures and tables, and navigating the peer review process. Ample time will be allotted for discussion of these and related topics.

Student Attendee Conference Orientation
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Led by Michael Campana
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Past President, American Water Resources Association

This conference session is open to students and other first-time professional conference attendees. The goal of the session is to teach students how to "design" their own conference experience and learn proper networking techniques that will offer the opportunity to experience all that the AWRA National Conference has to offer. Additionally, each session attendee will be asked to spend a moment or two and describe what expectations each has from the conference and the moderator will assist in realizing these expectations.
There is no charge for this orientation.

Conference Opening Networking Reception
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

This event is included in the Registration Fee. All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new acquaintances. Also, the Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.

Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $30.00.

Tuesday / November 17


AWRA 5K Fun Run / Walk Fundraiser for the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Scholarship
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Led by Bill Battaglin
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
$20 fee (donated to the RAH Scholarship)

All registered participants are welcome to join "really-past-President" Bill Battaglin on a beautiful, casual, and entertaining run/walk during our lunch break. This running/walking tour will take in sites along the 16th street Mall, the new Union Station, and newly renovated sections of the pedestrian trails along the South Platte River. Distance will be approximately 5 Km. There is a $20 charge for this event (and swag will be provided), the proceeds of which will go to the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Scholarship Fund. Please sign up prior to the conference using the web site, or find Bill on Monday. Run/walk will start at the hotel lobby. Please be ready to go by 12:10 PM.

Water in the West: Facts and Fiction
5:30pm - 7:30pm
$25 fee

Brad Udall
Getches-Wilkinson Center, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO

Join us for a fun, entertaining, and informative networking event on Tuesday evening! While networking opportunities will abound, the evening will also focus on a brief presentation providing some background on Water in the West given by Brad Udall, the new Director of the Getches-Wilinson Center at the University of Colorado School of Law. This will be followed by an engaging team trivia game regarding water facts from around the country highlighting regional similarities and differences. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about water across the country in a fun and interactive environment, to meet new colleagues interested in all facets of water, and to network with conference attendees and others throughout the water community.

This event is co-sponsored by theAWRA Colorado Section, POND and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education!

The cost is $25.00 and hors d’ouevres will be provided and there will be a cash bar. This event is not included in conference registration fees.


Wednesday / November 18


NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2
Inland Water Focus Session

8:30 AM - 5:00PM


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NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission will orbit the planet to measure elevation changes in our Earth’s surface. With a target launch in 2017, ICESat-2 will continue important observations of ice sheet elevation change, the above-water height of sea ice, and vegetation canopy height begun by the first ICESat mission, which operated from 2003 to 2009. It will also take height measurements over inland water bodies, including lakes and reservoirs. ICESat-2 will advance our knowledge on key observations for ecosystem, climate, and water applications.

This focus session provides an overview of the ICESat-2 mission and discusses how the measurements of inland water surfaces will be developed into data products the public can use. We invite the water resources community to join us in exploring how the data products will work, and discuss how water managers, conservation groups and others could use these data products to make key decisions. In this focus session, we hope to provide the water resources community with an opportunity to talk to ICESat-2 mission scientists, so that both identify opportunities for using and leveraging the use of the planned data products.



AWRA Awards Luncheon
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

The Changing World of Water Resources: Reflections on a 55 Year Career in Water
Richard A. Engberg

Technical Director (Retired), American Water Resources Association, Middleburg, VA

This event is included in the Registration Fee. Annually the American Water Resources Association recognizes those persons who have achieved excellence in water resources research, management, and education at our Annual Awards Luncheon. This year we have invited Richard A. Engberg to reflect upon the world of water resources management then and now and talk about the changes he has seen during his outstanding career in water resources. Dick was employed by the US Geological Survey and the US Department of Interior for over 30 years and upon his retirement became a staff member of AWRA and served over 15 years as our Technical Director. Dick recently retired from that position and is now currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation.

All Conference participants are invited to attend. Additional tickets for accompanying guests may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $40.00.

AWRA Young Professional Special Session
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Been at the job for a few years and wondering what's next?
  • Thinking about how to advance your career but staring at a glass ceiling?
  • Love your job but dislike your boss?
  • Bored?

If you face these questions, you are not alone. These are common challenges facing nearly every young professional as their career and reputations are developing. Come to a half-day session at the AWRA National Conference and meet some accomplished professionals that have hurdled these challenges and are here to help you navigate your next steps to career success. We have assembled a group of speakers from executives, to people just like you to share their experiences, listen to and discuss your questions and demonstrate why AWRA is the best professional organization around! Our own Board member, Wayne Wright will kick off this event by sharing his career story and highlight these very elements that stood in his path. This open session will prove enlightening, uplifting, and unique to all who attend.

Student Career Night: Panel of Professionals Discussion and Speed Networking
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Suzanne Paschke, USGS, NM
Lisa Beutler, MWH, Sacramento, CA
Rena Brand, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Denver, CO
George Oamek, CH2M Hill, Omaha, NE
Karl Morgenstern, EWEB, Eugene, OR

Join us for Student Career Night - an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to explore water-related careers. The session will focus on a wide variety of career options in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. It will benefit both students just starting to explore their career options and those ready to join the workforce. Students will learn about experiences and opportunities that are available in various water resources vocations and will learn how water, as a career, is evolving. Discussion topics geared toward water resources will include:

  • Career options
  • Growth industries and emerging fields
  • Graduate degrees - pros and cons
  • Entry level expectations and more!

The session will be presented in two parts. First, a panel of professionals will discuss the substance of what they do and describe their work environment. Following the panel discussion, students will have the opportunity to meet and network with professionals spanning a breadth of water resources careers in AWRA's 7th Annual Speed Networking event that will allow students to quickly meet and network with a variety of professionals from various water resources disciplines. Students will be paired with a professional member and will have 2-3 minutes to meet each other and to talk about their interests, professional aspirations, and career goals. Unlike "Speed Dating," the objective of Speed Networking is to expand one's professional network so as to maximize one's ability to refer colleagues to each other. Students will receive practical experience in meeting and talking with water resources professionals from a variety of fields, and will have the chance to exchange business cards. Students will be rotated every 2-3 minutes until they have had the opportunity to meet 15 or more professional members!

Following the Speed Networking session, a 30 minute-closing social will allow students and professional members to further develop their new connections. Students are encouraged to bring their resumes.

Food and beverage will be provided at this event.