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President’s Update – Spring 2023

American Institute of Hydrology

March 15, 2023 

President’s Update

I am truly energized about my new leadership role these next few years with AIH. As President, I want to make connections, provide synergy, and fully utilize the strong leadership qualities of our Board members and members at large. I am excited about our committees and initiatives – not only for the resulting benefits, but for the process of getting to know each one of you through your involvement. It is critical that all AIH members get involved, whether it’s helping establish the DEI scholarship, expanding our webinar series, or improving our website for AIH members and the public.

Introducing New Board Members!
Salam Murtada, President Elect 2023-2024

Salam brings a wealth of experience to this position from his two-year tenure as Director of Institute Development and one-year as Treasurer. Salam will be transitioning out of his role as Webinar Committee Chair and into the role of President Elect! Salam will be continuing to engage with members and help improve the recertification process.

Luciana Kindl da Cunha, Director of Institute Development

As Director of Institute Development, Luciana will be taking on the role of Chair of the Webinar Committee. We are very excited to see the webinar series continue to expand under the guidance of this important Committee. If you have ideas for upcoming webinars and how to improve webinar outreach, delivery and access, contact Luciana to join the Webinar Committee! Luciana will also be helping the DEI Committee establish and sustain the AIH’s first DEI Scholarship Program.


Membership Renewal

If you haven’t yet renewed your AIH membership, do so today!
Renew Membership Here

 Benefits of AIH membership include:

  • Certification as a professional hydrologist or hydrologic technician
  • Membership as a hydrologist-in-training or student member
  • Free access to our webinar series
  • Eligibility for annual awards
  • Peer and employer recognitions of professional competence in hydrology
  • Opportunity to contribute to AIH Committees and articles in the bulletin  
Recertification Process

In addition to membership renewal, AIH members are required to recertify every five years by submitting 60 hours of Professional Development Credits (PDC). Please refer to the information regarding credits, listed in your AIH membership account. And note that AIH webinars count towards accumulating the required PDC credits. Please note that we are currently in the process of streamlining the recertification process in order to make it easier. If you have any questions regarding your ongoing certification status, please contact Kory Adams at

AIH Committees

AIH has a variety of committees and groups you can get involved in, and we are always looking for AIH members to join committees. Contact the Committee Chair/Co-Chair listed below if you’d like to join. Don’t hesitate to renew your membership today, so you can get involved with important committee work! 



Committee Chair 


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Committee formed in January 2022. Currently focusing on establishing a DEI scholarship program.

John Ramirez-Avila and Matt Naftaly, co-chairs


Webinar Committee

Develop, produce and deliver AIH’s Webinar Series

Luciana Cunha, Chair

Communication Committee

Develop and publish AIH bulletin, social media posts, and webpage improvements.

Brennon Schaefer, Chair

Board of Registration

Review and evaluate AIH application and recertification packages for education and experience, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Nick Textor, Chair

As we know in our daily practice, the profession of hydrology is critical to water management. The prediction, modeling and management of extreme hydrologic events is taking center stage, across the nation and the globe, and our work is more important than ever. Thank you for your continued engagement with the American Institute of Hydrology, and keeping the profession of hydrology elevated through your work!