Cherkauer appointed director of IWRRC

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Effective Sept. 1, Keith Cherkauer, professor of agricultural and organic engineering, will assume the position of director for the Indiana Water Resource Research Center. The IWRRC, one of many 54 Water Resources Research Institutes established below the authority of the federal Water Resources Research Act, is housed on Purdue University’s campus.  

Linda Prokopy, division head of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, will step down as director of the IWRRC after six years of serving within the position.

“Keith is the proper individual to take the middle to the following stage,” Prokopy mentioned. “He has spent his profession at Purdue centered on water points related to the state, and he’s very a lot in tune with stakeholder wants. I’ve confidence that he’ll assist to lift the profile of the work the middle does all through the state.”  

The IWRRC’s three important targets are to assist water analysis within the state, prepare future water scientists and disseminate analysis outcomes to water managers and the general public. Over the years, the IWRRC has funded quite a few analysis tasks that enabled each junior and senior scientists at universities all through Indiana to conduct research that led to publications and future aggressive grants.  

As the brand new director, Cherkauer mentioned he’s fascinated by getting the IWRRC extra concerned in outreach throughout the state, aiming to interact residents with the middle’s analysis. Building a stronger bridge between water researchers and public water useful resource managers round Indiana is simply one of many methods he plans to realize this.

“While basic analysis will proceed to be a core focus on the heart, I wish to see the IWRRC tackle a bigger position disseminating these outcomes all through the state,” Cherkauer mentioned. “Getting extra individuals concerned in state water assets analysis helps make sure that nobody is feeling not noted of the general efforts.”  

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