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The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR)

The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) plays a major role in managing water resources around the world. The need to manage this critical resource becomes increasingly important given the challenges Mother Nature faces mostly due to Human interference. “NIWR provides a national platform for research, training, and collaboration needed to manage our Earth’s water resources.” There are 54 NIWR Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI) carefully located throughout the “Country’s top land-grant universities to assist State and Federal governments in advancing sustainable management of our water supply.” These institutes serve the citizens of the states and territories in which they are located within the United States. The WRRI program is authorized by the Water Resources Act of 1984 and is a Federal-State partnership which conducts research to aid in the resolution of water issues, provides training of scientists and engineers, provides competitive grants, and coordinates with USGS to manage our critical water resources around the world.

Washington State University

Founded in 1890, WSU is comprehensive research, land-grant institution that is home to growing interdisciplinary programs in water, environmental, and economic research, extension, and outreach that spans its colleges and four campuses. Washington State University is dedicated to providing a higher education to its students and brighter future for all. With over 100 years of history, WSU has had a profound impact on the state of Washington and its surrounding region, contributing excellent research, ingenuity, and has relentlessly worked to educate the next generation of leaders. WSU encourages involvement and exploration, and is committed to Water Research and Education for the state of Washington and beyond.

Office of Research

“With renewed energy and relentless focus on quality, excellence, and accountability, Washington State University’s Office of Research is tackling the critical problems that face our state, nation and world. As the Office of Research progress’s, it shines the spotlight on graduate education and research, as these are the mechanisms by which research universities create the future. Through its master’s and doctoral programs, the Office of Research discovers new fundamental knowledge, and educates the next generation of leaders.” Areas of research strength include food and agriculture, global animal health, clean technologies, brain behavior and sleep, business, education, energy, engineering/information technology, environment, human health, public policy, and security. Through critical research and dedication, the Office of Research strives to contribute to a sustainable food and water supply; further knowledge about Human health; address threats of energy supply, global warming, pollution, and resource depletion; understand enterprises and their impact on society; shape our governing principles; and protect our nation.

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)

Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) is simply more than just Agriculture. “With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, CAHNRS is one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU. CAHNRS Cougs are making a difference in the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, improving ecological and economic systems, and advancing agricultural sciences.” The college of CAHNRS has a wide variety of majors, Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles; Biological Systems Engineering; Crop and Soil Sciences; Food Science; and Design and Construction to name just a few. CAHNRS “provides leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge through high quality research, instruction and extension programs that contribute to a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; and promote stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems.”

Voiland College of Engineering & Architiecture

Washington State’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) serves as a major research engine for the university. VCEA plays an important role in building prosperity and the economic vitality of Washington state and its region. Majors within VCEA include chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, materials and science, and bioengineering, along with architectural studies, computer science, and construction management. Programs include, research in advanced materials, smart grid power networks, renewable energy and energy conversion, air and water quality, sustainable infrastructure, and engineering for health. Engineers constantly learn and strive to solve critical issues in energy, environment, health, and security, and the students VCEA educates will develop into future leaders who will address critical national challenges.

College of Arts and Sciences

Washington State University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) serves “students across the institution and advances understanding in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Through core academic classes as well as diverse degree programs, undergraduate students improve their critical thinking skills, participate in hands-on learning experiences, and develop life skills that will help them achieve success both in their careers and in their communities.” With 34 majors and 37 minors, CAS is the heart of the institution, serving a wide variety of students. “Its fields of study include liberal arts areas such as history, literature, foreign languages, and ethnic studies; biological sciences, mathematics, and physics; and social sciences such as psychology and sociology.” CAS applies diverse perspectives to understand and transform the world, enrich lives, and meet societal needs.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Discovery in action.These words describe what we do at PNNL, which has been operated by Battelle(Offsite link) and its predecessors since our inception in 1965. For more than 50 years, we’ve advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world. We make fundamental scientific discoveries that illuminate the mysteries of our planet and the universe. We apply our scientific expertise to tackle some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security.