Harleman Lecture to focus on root of water problem

The 2012 Donald R.F Harleman Memorial Water Resources Engineering Lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in 22 Deike Building on Penn State's University Park campus. The lecture will feature Charles J. Vorosmarty, director of the CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative and professor of civil engineering at the City College of New York, presenting "Water for a Crowded Planet: 21st Century Challenges Rooted in the Past."

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m.

Vorosmarty's lecture will summarize major findings of the CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative's research agenda including the development of frameworks to foster cross-disciplinary research perspectives and the use of hydrologically-meaningful metrics that can be engaged by non-hydrologists. He will also focus on the key developments in the evolution of human-water systems over 500 years that provide insight into the ways in which societies currently manage their water systems.

The annual lecture is held in memory of Donald R.F. Harleman, who graduated from Penn State in 1943 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He served as the director of the Ralph. M. Parsons Laboratory for Water Resources and Hydrodynamics for 10 years beginning in 1973. During that time Harleman was also the head of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Division of the department of civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Harleman is recognized for his extensive research, publications and consulting in the field of civil and environmental engineering. He received the college’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award and the University's Alumni Fellow Award in 1979 and 1987, respectively.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Last Updated April 10, 2012