Across the nation, awareness of water as a critical, increasingly limited resource is seeping into public consciousness. With an eye toward the future of water, Professor Stephen Schoenholtz has been named president of the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Schoenholtz has served as director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Centersince 2006 and coordinates Virginia Tech’s water: resources, policy, and management degree. The interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, which launched in fall 2015, is the first of its kind in the nation.

A water degree would have been unheard of a decade ago, Schoenholtz remarked, but the topic of water resources is now on the table. “The excitement and energy of my colleagues working hard and solving complex water challenges, being around young people who are studying with the energy and enthusiasm to go at it and tackle problems — that makes me optimistic about our water future.”