Venkatesh “Venki” Uddameri, director of the Water Resources Center and professor of civil environmental and construction engineering at Texas Tech University, was recently chosen by a selection committee and the AWRA Board of Directors to be the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of AWRA’s Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), effective January 1, 2018. He will follow Jim Wigington, JAWRA EIC for the past three years, who will retire in late December 2017.
With 70 peer reviewed publications in journals and books, in addition to co-editing several books on a multitude of water resources related topics and serving as an associate editor (subsurface hydrology) for JAWRA for the last several years; Uddameri is well-versed in the world of water resources research and publication. He has also been actively involved with AWRA for over 10 years and currently serves as a co-chair of the Future Risk Technical Committee.
Recently, Uddameri took some time to participate in an interview for AWRA’s bi-monthly magazine, Water Resources IMPACT.
How does it feel to be the new EIC of JAWRA? I feel honored and elated to be selected as the new EIC. I have had the privilege to work under two outstanding EICs, and I know I have some big shoes to fill.
What are the issues or goals that you plan to address during your tenure as JAWRA EIC? I want to continue the upward trajectory that JAWRA has seen over the last decade being the preeminent journal for multidisciplinary research in water. I am clearly interested in expanding JAWRA’s presence globally and will work towards making it the journal of choice for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary water research.
What specifically will you do over the next few years to ensure your goals can be achieved? I will work closely with the editorial team and JAWRA staff to make sure that we provide timely decisions and insightful reviews. I firmly believe that this is a fundamental pre-requisite for our continued success.
Journal publishing is now more than just having a paper in print. I will work closely with Wiley to implement cutting-edge innovations and transformations that are taking place in the publishing industry so that our authors and their research get maximal exposure.
I want to synergistically tap into other efforts of AWRA (i.e., technical committees and conferences) to create content that is valuable to the readership of the journal.
Where would you like to see JAWRA in three years? JAWRA’s commitment for promoting multidisciplinary water research is well known in the United States. I would like to build on this and see JAWRA be the journal of choice globally for archiving innovative multidisciplinary water research.
Uddameri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.