Denver, Colorado USA, March 12, 2019 – Digital Water Works, a leading global innovator of digital twin solutions for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Dr. Paul F. Boulos, its Chief Executive Officer, has been elected Chairman of the Advisory Group for the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
Established in 2007, CEES focuses the talents of the nation on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, both as a profession and an agent of innovation. CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice, for individual engineers and scientists as well as social organizations and institutions. CEES projects engage a wide audience to help improve ethics education and enhance social responsibility in engineering and science. As a crucial component of its mission, CEES manages the NAE Online Ethics Center of Engineering and Science, a resource for engineering practitioners, scientists, educators, students, and others.
CEES Director Rosalyn W. Berne commented, “We are delighted that Dr. Boulos has accepted the invitation to chair the Advisory Group. The CEES mission is increasingly important in the face of mounting global problems in need of socially and environmentally responsible, engineering solutions. Dr. Boulos comes with an impressive engineering background, stellar leadership, and commitment to ethical engineering practices. I anticipate much progress under his chairmanship.”
The Advisory Group oversees CEES and is comprised of experts and citizens from a wide variety of fields and public and private organizations, including community representatives and local leaders as well as members of the National Academies and other experts in science and engineering, ethics, public policy, technology and society studies. Its distinguished members are Dr. Thomas Budinger, Faculty Senior Staff Scientist and Professor at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California Berkeley; Edward Carr, Chief Compliance Officer for Siemens Corp.; Dr. Glen Daigger, President|, One Water Solutions, LLC; Dr. Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland; Dr. Joseph R. Herkert, Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology at Arizona State University; Dr. Sharon Jones, Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Portland; Dr. William Kelly, Practitioner Adjunct Faculty in Sustainability at George Mason University; Dr. Felice Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association; Dr. Indira Nair, Professor and Vice-Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon; Dr. Sarah Pfatteicher, Executive Director of Five College Consortium; Dr. Chris Schairbaum, Director of Innovation and Development at Texas Instruments; Dr. Jen Schneider, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University; and Dr. Paul Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University.
Dr. Boulos is one of the world’s foremost experts on water resources and navigation engineering and the author of ten authoritative books and more than 200 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry. He is a recipient of the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest accolades; the ASCE John I. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award; the ASCE Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture; the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation; the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Community Service Award from the Rene Moawad Foundation; and the Lebanese American University Alumni of the Year Award. Dr. Boulos was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the highest honor the university bestows on its alumni; the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in Europe; and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. He was also awarded the Honorary Diplomate (Hon.D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) as well as Distinguished Diplomate, Navigation Engineering (Dist. D.NE) by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), the highest honors for both academies. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society’s highest honor, and a Diplomate (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Among his many professional involvements, Dr. Boulos is president of ACOPNE and past president of AAWRE, and serves on the Boards of Trustees of both organizations. He also sits on the ASCE Industry Leaders Council; the Advisory Boards of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space at Columbia University and the Environmental Engineering Science Program at Washington University in St. Louis; and the Board of Directors of America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST). He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of International Advisors of the Lebanese American University and has been a member of advisory boards and councils for many organizations, including the Corporate Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership; the Buck Advisory Council of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging; the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago; the Board of Directors of the American Society for Engineering Education Corporate Member Council and A Precious Child; the USEPA Science Advisory Board; and the External Advisory Board of the Civil Engineering Department at the American University of Beirut.
“I look forward to working with this distinguished group to advance the practice of ethical engineering in the face of rapidly shifting changes in environmental, technological and design policy,” said Boulos. “The work we do carries with it tremendous social responsibility for the safety and well-being of the public at large, and it’s vital for us to understand and meet the complex challenges we face.”
For more information on the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society at the National Academies, visit https://www.nae.edu/Activities/Projects/CEES.aspx.
About Digital Water Works
Digital Water Works is a new breed of engineering technology solutions provider dedicated to innovating exclusively for the global water and wastewater industry. The company strategically combines the power of cloud computing, AI, IoT sensors, pervasive engineering simulation, GIS, enterprise asset management and advanced analytics to seamlessly build and implement comprehensive, reliable digital twin solutions for smarter, more sustainable and resilient wet infrastructure. The result is real-time, actionable insights that empower water and wastewater utilities to optimizie and transform their businesses and keep their infrastructures operating well into the future at the lowest life cycle cost. Founded in 2018 by Dr. Paul F. Boulos, the Denver-based company is supported by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board of leading technology, management and engineering experts serving the water industry. For more information, visit www.digital-ww.com or connect with Digital Water Works on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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