Michelsen elected president-elect of AWRA
Dr. Ari Michelsen, director of Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, was recently elected to serve as president-elect of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), beginning Jan. 1, 2009 and then as president of AWRA for one year, beginning Jan. 1, 2010. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AWRA.
Research director of the El Paso center for nine years, Michelsen is also a professor of Agricultural Economics specializing in water resource economics, markets, institutions and policy analysis. His research includes studies on the effectiveness of water conservation programs, water right markets, valuation and prices, impacts of endangered species water acquisition programs and river basin decision support systems for water management and policy analysis in the western United States, China, the former Soviet States and Chile.
Michelsen serves on the Board of Directors and is former president of the Universities Council on Water Resources, serves on the Southwest Hydrology Advisory Board, and is a member of the New Mexico-Texas Water Commission, Paso del Norte Watershed Council Executive Committee and Far West Texas Water Planning Group.
AWRA is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of multidisciplinary water resources management, research and education. AWRA has taken the lead in working with government, private industry, academia and non-governmental organizations toward development of integrated national water resources policy.