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Special Events

Why Professional Ethics Matter - Presented by AAWRE 

Monday, May 20 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sustaining and enhancing trust is an essential component for the success of any learned profession and certainly the responsibility of any Civil Engineering Professional. Through the ethics session, the participants will discuss the relationship between public trust, personal behavior, learned professions; concepts for considering different ethical situations; and situations from case studies concerning various ethical challenges.  This special session will be presented by Larry Magura, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE.

Paris to Pittsburgh - Movie Screening

Monday, May 20 | 5:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Paris to Pittsburgh Movie logoSpotlighting the cities, states, businesses and citizens taking action, Paris to Pittsburgh explores the very real social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters, from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines. The film features voices from local leaders as well as everyday Americans presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including boomtowns formerly reliant on coal such as Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, led by Mayor Bill Peduto, who stood up to defy President Trump when he announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, is now a city committed to energy efficiency and is one of the many examples of bold economic and climate leadership in the film. Other locations featured in the film include Puerto Rico, California, Iowa, Florida and New Jersey.

AAWRE Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 20 | 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

The AAWRE welcomes all EWRI Congress attendees to celebrate with the 2019 Class of AAWRE Diplomates being inducted and the recipients of the 2019 AAWRE Awards.  This special 15th annual AAWRE Ceremony will be devoted to honor Dr. Ralph Wurbs as the Inaugural recipient of the AAWRE Outstanding Research & Innovation Award; Dr. Ray Walton for the Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award; Ms. Kay Whitlock for the Service to the AAWRE Award; and recognize the 2019 class of board certified Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers (D.WREs). Please join us for a beverage to toast your colleagues at this special free event.

Why Board Certification is Important for your Engineering Career Path - Presented by AAWRE 

Tuesday, May 21 | 10:30 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. 

Panel EWRI CongressThis special session will be a dynamic panel discussion with leading professionals from a variety of industries who will provide their perspectives on the importance of board certification.  The panel will include:  (1) a medical doctor who will discuss medical board certification; (2) an attorney who will discuss certification within the legal profession; (3) an AAWRE Diplomate who will discuss water resources board certification; (4) a water resources business manager who will discuss the benefits of employee and contractor board certification; and (5) a representative from ASCE who will discuss ASCE efforts related to board certification.    


Confirmed speakers are Kristin Schuler of Pittsburgh District of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.ASCE of Queen's University; and Kevin Ward of Trinity River Authority of Texas. Invited speakers include ASCE President-Elect K.N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE of AECOM. The session is open to all EWRI Congress attendees and hopes to bring in many of the younger civil engineers attending the Congress!

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game & Dinner

Tuesday, May 21 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PAJoin the party at the Iron City Skull Bar at PNC Baseball Park (Pirates Baseball Stadium) to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Colorado Rockies. Ticket price includes one ticket to the 7:05 PM game with dinner (burgers/grilled chicken sandwiches, pierogies, popcorn, brownies and domestic keg beer/sodas). The PNC Baseball Park overlooks the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny River, the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and of course, the Pirates playing field. Tickets to this event are limited, so please reserve yours today!

Morning Jumpstart in Point State Park

Wednesday, May 22 | 6:00 - 7:00 a.m.

Energize your day with an exhilarating morning jog through historic Point State Park on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6 a.m.  Set your own pace on the picturesque 1.25 mile route located just across the street from the conference venue. Complete as many laps as you wish; just be ready to join us at for the 8:30 a.m. technical sessions! Participants are asked to meeting in the hotel lobby at 6 a.m. sharp.

Panel: Resilient Infrastructure: How to prepare for the Changing Planet

Wednesday, May 22 | 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

“Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future.” This quote from the 2017 ASCE Report card with an overall D+ grade, describes the current state of our infrastructure. It is not hard to imagine all the challenges that our nation’s utilities face in light of not only the current deteriorating infrastructure but the serious challenges that come with everchanging climate conditions. The panel of our major utilities’ representatives will discuss these challenges and share their approach in planning and undertaking actions to build resilient infrastructure for the next generations.

Are You Interested in Serving as an Expert Witness?  - Presented by AAWRE

Wednesday, May 22 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The role of the expert witness is to act as a teacher, providing an educational bridge between the Justice System and the technical world. As the volume of litigation in this country increases, and the issues at hand in court cases become more and more complex, experienced expert witnesses who can convey the technical information to the judge and jury are in higher and higher demand.  This special session will be presented by David Williams, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE.

2nd Annual Stormwater Quiz Show ~ sponsored by AKRF and WBCM

Wednesday, May 22 | 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Students & Younger Members:  Come test your knowledge on stormwater, drinking water and wastewater! This is a social event to learn about the projects the Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Council is doing, how we integrate with other councils, and opportunities to get involved.

Teams can win gift cards: $250 first prize (5x $50),  $150 second prize (5x $30), and $100 third prize (5x $20).

Panel: OnePGH: Pittsburgh’s plans to become a more resilient, sustainable city

Thursday, May 23 | 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Once considered ‘Hell With the Lid Off’, Pittsburgh has come a long way from its days of heavy industry, dirty air, and polluted water and has become a leader in climate action and resilience planning. By completing the OnePGH Resilient Strategy, setting ambition carbon mitigation goals, and making sustainability a priority for future development Pittsburgh has set the path for creating a vibrant future. Pittsburgh plans to thrive in the 21st century as a city of engaged, empowered and coordinated neighbors and knows that it will be resilient when the city is livable for all residents. Pittsburgh has a bold vision that builds upon the recent success and a wealth of community assets, while directly confronting the complex challenges the city continues to face. Come hear from local leaders who are helping Pittsburgh become a more sustainable, resilient city for all.

Meet-Up Schedule:

Monday, May 20 | Sienna Mercato, 942 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Tuesday, May 21 | Southern Tier Brewery, 316 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Wednesday, May 22 | Grist House Craft Brewery, 10 E Sherman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

All Meet-ups will begin at 6:00 pm.

EWRI believes that attending our event in May isn't just about attending a conference, it's all about face-to-face meetings and career-enhancing connections that you will make. 

You never know who you’re going to meet while sitting in a session or while you’re sitting at a table eating lunch.

We like to call these serendipitous encounters.

Grab a friend.... Catch an Uber... We'll see you there!

All are welcome - and no need to RSVP.

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