President's Message

Dear AIH members and our guests to our website:

As the new president of AIH, just starting a two-year tenure in the office I send my hopes that you have all started off the new year well. You all heard from Rao Govindaraju in the last quarterly newsletter that he would be stepping down with the new year and taking on the position of past-president. In November Jamil Ibrahim was elected to become president-elect and he will serve in that position for two years. Jamil had been Vice President for Institute Development, and in his place Julé Rizzardo was elected by the membership to take over the Institute Development position. Jolyne Lea took the position of Secretary after Marc Horstmann relinquished the position.

One major initiative led by Faisal Hossain has been to move the AIH certification exams to digital media so it will be possible for examinees to take exams online. A large part of this effort has been to translate exam questions to digital form. We also want to update questions, so a detailed review of the existing exam question database has been undertaken with some questions being eliminated, some questions being rewritten and some new ones added. With regard to exam questions we wish to take advantage of the diverse expertise of the AIH membership and ask members to submit questions that could be employed in the exams. We have received some questions to date and hope to continue to receive questions from the membership.

A second major initiative, also led by Faisal, has been to develop the framework for AIH to offer webinars to AIH members and eventually to non-members as well. The first webinar was offered in mid-May and was attended by 41 registrants. The webinar, Hydrology 101, was given by Dr. David Williams. The second webinar is planned for July and will also be given by David. The webinars are being offered free to AIH members, and at a reasonable cost to non-AIH members.

A third major initiative, led by Jamil has been to review and revise the bylaws of the Institute. We have found this effort to be a monumental task and progress has been incremental with the effort being applied to one article of the bylaws at a time. The Institute intends to hire legal assistance to verify that the revised bylaws will provide clear guidance to promote smooth functioning of the Institute. The existing bylaws have been taken down from the AIH website with a message that the bylaws are in revision. If any member wishes to see the existing bylaws they are welcome to request them from AIH administration.

The Institute has an excellent group of hard-working members serving on the Executive Committee. Together they constitute a dynamic group of progressive professionals, ready and active to develop and lead the Institute. To keep the momentum it is essential to keep the positions of the Executive committee filled with enthusiastic and dedicated professionals. Within the year we will have two positions become vacant. Greg Bevenger, the current Treasurer has given us a heads up that he would like to resign the position by the end of 2019. Likewise, Faisal Hossain, the current Vice President for Academic Affairs has also requested to be replaced within the year because he will be going on sabbatical leave. So we will be seeking nominations for both of these positions. Both Greg and Faisal have been very effective in moving the Institute forward and we will hope to be able to recruit nominees who will be equally effective. A request for nominations for these two positions has been sent to the membership and we are hoping to hear from you.

With this message I wish you a very productive summer. As Rao mentioned in the last newsletter, please do send us your stories relating to your professional work in hydrology.


Warm regards,

John L. Nieber, P.H., P.E., Ph.D.
President of AIH
Fellow of the Institute of the Environment, University of Minnesota
Director of Graduate Studies, Water Resource Sciences
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108