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May 14, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Civil Engineering Professor Appointed to International Board


Dr. Peter Rogers, assistant professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been appointed to the International Rural Water Association board of directors, Dr. James Nelson, UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.

Rogers will serve a three-year term to oversee governance issues, partake in fundraising efforts and help enhance overall functionality capabilities of IRWA. Board selection and appointments are made by the National Rural Water Association president.

Established in 1988, the International Rural Water Association seeks to improve the quality of water for residents of developing nations through the establishment of partnerships with organizations to provide resources for implementation of training, technical assistance and sustainable technology applicable to the needs of developing nations.

Rogers’ selection to the board is based on his vast knowledge and experience with rural water and sanitation systems. In additional to his service as a water and sanitation engineer in Peace Corps Honduras, he has worked with a variety of international engineering and aid organizations. As the national supervisor with the United States Agency for International Development, he oversaw a $15 million rural water reconstruction program that completed more than 1,500 water systems and 40,000 latrines.

He also is active in Engineers Without Borders, has leadership roles on several technical committees within the American Water Works Association and serves on the program committee of Water for People.

Rogers holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resource planning from Colorado State University.

The IRWA currently operates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

For more information, visit http://www.intlruralwater.org/.

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