Photo of six women standing in front of the UC Davis J Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory
Team of scientists and engineers at the UC Davis J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory. DWR/2020

DWR Partnership with UC Davis Helps Break Glass Ceiling for Women in STEM

From the CA Department of Water Resources: 

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has partnered with the UC Davis J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory (JAHL) in Yolo County to find innovative ways to investigate fish protection technology within California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary. Originally built as a hydraulics lab to perform modeling studies for the State Water Project (SWP), JAHL has been a DWR tool for maintaining and protecting the State’s water supply for more than half a century.

At the helm of the JAHL, is a team of scientists and engineers who are setting the bar for opportunities made possible by state and regional partnerships, all while inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

“The partnership between DWR and UC Davis is a prime example of DWR’s commitment to establishing dialogue among diverse community groups to improve water resilience and job opportunities,” said Cindy Messer, DWR chief deputy director. “It’s just one of the ways we are working with local and regional water leaders to maintain and restore California’s water supply.”  

“The partnership with DWR allows us to keep learning,” said Dr. Kara Carr, the JAHL Lead Biologist. "Collaboration means work for us here and now, so we can pave the way and lay the foundation for our future scientists and engineers."

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