University of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute Follow Industry Shift Toward MWH Soft InfoWater to Support Teaching and Research
Prominent Institutions Move to Establish Strong Fundamentals in Water Distribution Modeling for Engineering Students
Broomfield, Colorado USA, November 9, 2005 - MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that the University of Puerto Rico College of Engineering (CoE) and the Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute (PRWRERI) have selected InfoWater Suite as the program they will use to teach students the fundamentals of water distribution engineering, help them more quickly master the advanced modeling tool they will use in their careers, and support superior research in this vital field.
The CoE, at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus, ranks thirteenth in undergraduate enrollment, eighteenth in number of undergraduate degrees awarded, and third in number of degrees awarded to women in the US, according to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Led by 197 outstanding faculty members, the CoE strives to ensure that its courses are both innovative and relevant to industry needs and global trends. Serious focus is placed on hands-on engineering experience and meeting real-life analysis and design challenges in the waterworks industry. The extensive research conducted by PRWRERI focuses specifically on resolving local and national water resources problems.
As a complete modeling tool, InfoWater Suite is the ultimate teaching and research solution for engineering students. Its comprehensive and industry-leading functionality and ease of use allow them to quickly construct and analyze representative models of actual water distribution systems, then use these models to improve system reliability and performance. State-of-the-art computational capabilities enable students to develop and evaluate a range of sound, cost-effective design, rehabilitation and operational strategies in a very short time. The innovation behind InfoWater and the software’s momentum in the marketplace make it an essential addition to the University’s engineering curriculum.
“Whether in classroom or at research centers, we are committed to giving our students a detailed working knowledge of the industry-leading, cutting edge tools and technologies, preparing them well for rewarding engineering careers,” said CoE professor and PRWRERI Associate Director Dr. Walter Silva. “This strategy not only builds our students’ skills and self-confidence, but adds great value to our research - enhancing the meaningfulness of our contribution to the world body of knowledge benefiting society as a whole.”
Dr. Silva added that InfoWater technology will also be utilized by the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPR-M) in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewer Authority (PRASA) and the Municipality of the City of Mayagüez to create the first operational water distribution system model for the West part of Puerto Rico.
“With the adoption of InfoWater, the University of Puerto Rico College of Engineering and PRWRERI have shown their commitment to investing in students and in efficient innovation - values professional engineers consider every day,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. “InfoWater’s superior modeling and design capabilities, breadth of functionality and intuitive, easy-to-use interface are making it the number one choice among leading engineering firms and progressive utilities around the world. This trend is spurring top engineering schools and research centers to quickly adopt this powerful technology and add value to their educational experience. As more and more colleges and universities are demonstrating, InfoWater is an essential component of a modern engineering education, benefiting today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce. We are thrilled to be working with the University of Puerto Rico’s educators and students, and look forward to a long and productive collaboration.”
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