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Ralph Wurbs Ph.D., PE, Hon.D.WRE

Senior Professor
Texas A&M University


Professor Wurbs has been active in water resources systems planning and management since May 1971 when upon graduation from Texas A&M University he joined the water resources development program of the Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District. During his 1971-1980 USACE employment as a civil engineer and program manager, he also completed, with USACE sponsorship, MS (1974) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington and Colorado State University. Since joining the TAMU faculty in August 1980, his research and consulting have been sponsored by the USACE Engineering Research and Development Center, Hydrologic Engineering Center, Institute for Water Resources, and Fort Worth District as well as many other federal, state, local, and international agencies. He has worked closely with the water management community of Texas over several decades, most notably under the auspices of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Research and development at TAMU in developing water availability modeling capabilities has been sponsored by TCEQ continuously since 2005. His work has been recognized by an endowed professorship, naming of an endowed graduate student fellowship in his honor, several teaching awards, and various other awards including the inaugural Outstanding Research and Innovation Award of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) in 2019 and the inaugural Texas Water Lifetime Achievement Award in 2024. Dr. Wurbs is a Founding and Honorary Diplomate of AAWRE and Fellow and Life Member of ASCE.

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Managing Water in River and Reservoir Systems: Water Resources, Institutional Practices, and Constructed Infrastructure in Texas



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