Water, Sustainability, United States
Robert P. Schreiber Named Citizen Engineer of 2016 by BSCES
November 28, 2016
BOSTON—At its 168th annual awards dinner on November 14, 2016, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES), a section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), named Robert P. Schreiber, PE, BCEE, D. WRE, its Citizen Engineer of 2016. Schreiber, a CDM Smith vice president, is nationally known for his award-winning project work, as well as his ongoing leadership roles with the BSCES, ASCE and the National Ground Water Association. He was honored for his tireless efforts toward monitoring and assessment of the nation’s water reserves and the restoration, remediation, protection, management, and sustainability of groundwater resources.
Schreiber was recognized by BSCES for playing a key role in establishing and promoting the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN), administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, through the U.S Geological Survey Water Resources Division. The NGWMN has been established to provide nationwide access to groundwater data from a variety of federal, state, tribal and local agencies, filling data gaps and providing the basis to significantly improve tracking of the United States’ groundwater health. The establishment of the NWGMN was greatly facilitated by Schreiber’s extensive work in his capacity as ASCE’s representative to the federal Advisory Committee on Water Information. Schreiber is quick to credit his colleagues in the effort, saying, “The National Ground-Water Monitoring Network is the result of many years of work by many talented and committed people.”
Schreiber says that it was particularly gratifying to be recognized by BSCES, the oldest engineering association in the United States and one with which CDM Smith water professionals have been involved since the firm’s founding. For example, Schreiber served for years on the BSCES John R. Freeman Fund Committee, and was preceded by distinguished CDM Smith expert Dr. Jonathan French; French, in turn, was preceded by Dr. Thomas R. Camp, founder of CDM Smith. Although Schreiber has since stepped down, Karen Kelley, CDM Smith’s research & development coordinator, currently serves on the Freeman Fund Committee. “It’s just one example of how BSCES is part of the heritage of CDM Smith,” Schreiber says, “so this award is very humbling.”
Founded in 1848, BSCES is a member-based professional organization focusing on technical programs, events, and initiatives that support and benefit the civil engineering profession. BSCES focuses on progressing engineering knowledge by nurturing future engineers and advancing the professional growth of its members. It also advocates for long-term sustainable funding to address the maintenance and modernization of our infrastructure.
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