Tamim Younos (President)

Dr. Younos earned doctoral degrees in urban and environmental engineering from the University of Tokyo. His current research and educational interests include watershed science, water and energy nexus, and integrated natural and engineered systems for sustainable management of water resources in urban environments. Dr. Younos has led and/or participated in numerous interdisciplinary water research and educational projects and has authored/co-authored more than 150 publications and has edited six water science books: “Sustainable Water Management in Urban Environments” (Springer 2016), “Advances in Watershed Science and Assessment” (Springer 2015) “Potable Water: Emerging Global Problems and Solutions (Springer 2014), “Climate Change and Water Resources” (Springer, 2013); “Total Maximum Daily Load: Approaches & Challenges” (PennWell Books 2005), “Advances in Water Monitoring Research” (Water Resources Publications 2003). Dr. Younos is the author of numerous essays and newspaper opinion-educational articles that inform citizens on various aspects of water sciences. Dr. Younos has presented invited lectures in China, Japan, Thailand, Hungry, Poland, Spain, and Turkey.

Dr. Younos’s recognitions include: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Icko Iben Award (2017), Fulbright Award (2015); AWRA Fellow Member Award (2013); Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Society Honor Award (2012); President, Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) (20003), Friend of UCOWR Award (2003); and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Award (2001). Dr. Younos is a former Research Professor of Water Resources and Interim Director of Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech. Dr. Younos is the founder of the Green Water-Infrastructure Academy.

Jason Giovannettone (Vice President)

Dr. Giovannettone is an experienced hydrologist and meteorologist, particularly in the areas of remote sensing, statistical analysis, and modeling. While working as a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University, he worked in the area of hydrometeorology and used remote sensing data to study convective cloud formation over topographically rugged regions in Mexico and the Altiplano in western South America. While working at the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Davis, CA, for over 2 years as a National Research Council fellow, Dr. Giovannettone gained much experience in developing hydraulic models for rivers using HEC-RAS (River Analysis Software).

Dr. Giovannettone worked at the headquarters of the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for four years and gained additional experience in integrated water resources management, transboundary river basin management, and statistical frequency analysis. He participated in several workshops sponsored by UNESCO and located in South America that focused on creating a drought atlas over Central and South America. As part of this work, Dr. Giovannettone developed a non-proprietary tool that is able to perform regional frequency analysis over an area and is capable of accounting for climate variability in the analysis. In collaboration with local experts, this tool was utilized using rainfall data within regions in Argentina, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Dr. Giovannettone was also involved in the climate change research program while working at IWR. As a member of this group, he helped facilitate a Permanent Task Group on Climate Change (PTGCC) within the Environmental Commission of The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) for 3 years. The task of this group is to consider and transfer knowledge of all issues related to climate change and navigation infrastructure to other PIANC members, which include national sections, companies, and international organizations and associations.

Dr. Giovannettone has published more than 10 research papers, assisted in writing several technical reports, and served as a reviewer for a number of professional journals. He is currently the president of HydroMetriks, PLLC, and has been in this position for 2 years. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in water resources engineering, a Master’s degree from Purdue University in atmospheric science, and a physics/chemistry for information systems double degree from Dakota State University. He is an experienced programmer in Visual Basic, MATLAB, and IDL.

Alaina Armel (Treasurer)

Ms. Armel is a multidisciplinary civil and environmental engineering professional specializing in water resources management. She has worked on an array of corrective action, watershed management, and stormwater permitting and planning projects for military, government, and private sector clients. As task manager and lead client liason for water and environmental services projects, she provides leadership in the areas of TMDLs, water resources, and water quality design. Ms. Armel applies expertise in federal and state regulations to ensure compliance with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and Virginia Small MS4 General Permit through the recommendation of structural and non-structural best management practice technologies that primarily result in reductions in nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment loads.

Tammy Parece (Secretary)

Tammy Parece has a Ph.D. in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis and a Master’s of Science in Geography. Her dissertation research involved improving urban sustainability and food security through implementation of urban agriculture. Her interests include Workforce Development and K-12 STEM education in Geospatial Technologies.   She will assume the Instructor of Geography position at Colorado Mesa University in August of 2016.

Alexandra Urrutia (Director of Development)

Alexandra Urrutia is the President and CEO of Social Seen LLC, digital marketing company in Blacksburg, VA. She obtained her marketing management degree from Virginia Tech. She was named “Most Consistent Seller” in her office with AT&T Advertising Solutions and consistently obtained rank in the top 10% of Media Consultants’ sales performances nationwide while with AT&T. In the past 7 years she has launched several start-up companies including GoTattless all-natural tattoo removal and GiftCaddies social gifting app. She is currently growing her digital marketing company and working to launch an added safety feature for automobiles that reduce rear-end collisions by improving reaction time.