The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) announces Tirusew Asefa, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE as the recipient of the AAWRE 2022 Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award, for his outstanding contributions in bridging the gap between research and practice to produce innovative, actionable knowledge and tools that advance the resilience of urban water resources. Specifically, Dr. Asefa’s leadership and application of applied research in solving real-life problems are exemplary in the water industry.

Dr. Asefa has over two decades of experience in applied research and large-scale field application of decision making under deep uncertainty, risk and reliability, and climate change impact assessment and adaptations approachs. He is the author of more than 45 peer reviewed articles and more than 100 book chapters, manuals, and reports on various aspects of water resources operation, planning and management. Some of the tools that he developed were highlighted by the Whitehouse Initiative’s Climate Resilience Toolkit.

Currently, he is also in a Fulbright Specialist Program roster, which is reserved for highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals which the U.S. government matches host institutions abroad and experts in the U.S. to create institutional linkages while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.


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