State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012OR125B
Title: Technology Transfer
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: Oregon 5th
Focus Categories: Management and Planning, Law, Institutions, and Policy Keywords: Water Seminars, Water Film Series, Outreach
Principal Investigators: Jarvis, Todd (Oregon State University); Jarvis, Todd (Oregon State University)
Federal Funds: $ 56,605
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 127,771
Abstract: The IWW is Oregon's water institute under the WRRI designation. The IWW adds value to the large water enterprise in Oregon by serving the dual role of administering the program and providing tech transfer at the State level. IWW partners with Oregon educational institutions, state and local governments, watershed councils, and the general public to achieve the broad WRRI goals. IWW serves as a hub for water resources activities among the >150 water faculty on campus and at our partner universities in the State. Our WRRI budget is split approximately 30% for Administrative and 70% for Tech Transfer. This proposal outlines our plans for technology transfer:

Our overall technology transfer philosophy within the IWW is consistent with the Committee on Assessment of Water Resources Research, (2004) document that highlights the need or increased communication of research in the water area, with specific emphasis water resources planning and other institutional issues. IWW not only promotes leading edge research in water resources engineering and science through its technology transfer, but also in water policy and management. We follow Berndtsson et al.'s (2005) idea that educating the compassionate water engineer requires a multidisciplinary approach incorporating the traditional natural sciences as well as subject in engineering and the humanities. IWW approaches this technology transfer, not only within the academies, but also within our community, and through many different forms of media.

Committee on Assessment of Water Resources Research, (2004). Confronting the Nation's Water Problems: The Role of Research, Water Science and Technology Board, National Research Council, 310 pp.
Berndtsson, R. Falkenmark, M. Lindh, G., Bahri, A., and Jinno, K. (2005). Educating the Compassionate Water Engineer - A Remedy to Avoid Future Water Management Failures. Hydrological Sciences 50(1):7-16.

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