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Dr. Robert Traver

Dr. Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE has been announced as the recipient of the 2021 Service to the Academy Award by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Traver, AAWRE 2013 President is recognized for his significant contributions and work in furthering the mission and goals of the Academy.

The AAWRE Service to the Academy Award was instituted by AAWRE in October 2014 to recognize a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer or an individual that exemplifies leadership and service to the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. This award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and extensive service or contributions to the Academy.

Dr. Traver is the 7th recipient of the AAWRE Service to the Academy Award.

In support of AAWRE’s mission to ‘advance the practice’ – to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing engineers, AAWRE was founded in 2004 to improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the profession of water resources engineering.

Dr. Robert G. Traver has been a member of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Program at Villanova since 1988.  He currently serves as Director of both the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership.

While at Villanova Dr. Traver has conducted research on topics that include modeling of stream hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality, and measures to mitigate stormwater effects of urbanization, and now climate change.  He has been the main force in creating a Stormwater Green Infrastructure Demonstration and Research Park on the Villanova Campus, and founded the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership to enable continuing long-term stormwater research.  Many highly cited publications have resulted from the faculty and students through this initiative.  Dr Traver believes that research supports and enhances the undergraduate and graduate educational experience.  He teaches graduate courses in hydrology, hydraulics, urban storm water management, and undergraduate courses in all facets of water resources.

Dr. Traver is a registered professional engineer, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers which he served as president.  In 2007 he received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Commanding General of the Unites States Corps of Engineers for his work on ASCE’s External Review Panel (ERP) of the Corps investigation of Hurricane Katrina and in 2014 was honored as the ASCE William H. Wisley American Civil Engineer Award “recognized for his leadership of ASCE’s Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices and editor of the Committee’s report, Flood Risk Management: Call for a National Strategy.” He was a committee member of the National Research Council Committee that authored “Urban Stormwater Management in the United States” (2009).  He continues to serve the profession as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal Sustainable Water in the Build Environment which he helped to create.   He was awarded the EWRI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

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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 professional 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 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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