NEWS & EVENTS
In June, the National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) awarded WEST’s Dr. David C. Curtis the organization’s Biennial Special Service Award for his service as president of the NHWC from 2011-2013. Under Curtis' leadership the NHWC continues to be a recognized national leader and respected authority in the hydrologic warning community. Dr. Curtis was re-elected to a second term as NHWC President at the NHWC's 10th Biennial Training Conference and Exposition in Ponte Vedra, FL. He lives in Folsom, California where he serves as Vice President for WEST Consultants, Inc. and manages the Folsom office.
Following 35 years with the Corps of Engineers, Jeff Harris has joined the WEST Consultants Folsom, CA office. Mr. Harris was Chief, Hydrology and Hydraulics Technology Division, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Institute for Water Resources, Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) in Davis, CA. There, Harris led HEC’s development, application, and training for HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS, the most widely used hydrology and hydraulics modeling software in the world.
Dr. Brian Wahlin, office manager of WEST’s Tempe office, chaired the USCID’s (U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage) 7th International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage held April 16-19, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference’s theme, Using Technology to Better Manage Irrigation Water Supplies, set the tone for a conference focusing on key issues of science and technology transfer for the agricultural industry. The conference provided an ideal forum for farmers and irrigation districts to learn about new technologies, as well as to share their ideas and experiences with others.
Daniela Todesco, P.E., M. ASCE, senior engineer in WEST’s Portland office, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Portland Post. Additionally, Ms. Todesco serves as the Chair of the Post’s Readiness Committee. The SAME Emergency Preparedness (Readiness) Committee members work with Federal, State and community emergency management officials and disaster relief organizations to develop and improve plans and capabilities to respond to natural and man–made disasters.