ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2019 | 37
OF SPECIAL NOTE
networking panel that introduced the students to some
African American water sector leaders who represented
utilities, academia, consulting, and manufacturing. Panelists
David Gadis, CEO and President of DC Water (Washington,
D.C.), and Kishia Powell, Commissioner of the Department
of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta, talked
about their journeys and career paths, as well as answered
students’ questions. Gadis and Powell shared their insights
about how to use diversity as a quality to be remembered
by, not as a barrier. A networking lunch wrapped up the
InFLOW students’ WEFTEC experience.
The program has already yielded one result: Howard
University is working to start a WEF student chapter, which
will help expand the program’s reach to more students at
the university. The chapter is hoping to participate in future
Student Design Competitions.
The InFLOW program will continue to grow. In the coming
years WEF intends to expand the number of participating
schools and students, as well as include a second track with
activities focused on operations and maintenance.
Morgan Brown is a Technical Programs Manager
in the Water Science & Engineering Center at
WEF(Alexandria, Virginia). She can be reached at
Brianne Nakamura, P.E., ENVSP, is a Senior
Manager in the Water Science & Engineering
Center at WEF. She can be contacted at
This article solely reflects the personal opinions of the authors, not
necessarily WEF and its members. It is provided for educational
purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the retainer and
advice of an appropriate professional. No warranties or endorsement
of any kind are granted or implied.
The WEFTEC Opening General Session was among the activities slated for student
participating in the WEF InFLOW program. The students received front row seats.
Photo: Oscar & Associates
Students from University of South Florida teach the next generation of water
students the “Water Cycle Dance” during Water Palooza at St. Mary’s Academy in New
Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Rahkia Nance/Water Environment Federation