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Sac State Contracts with DWR


Professor Saad Merayyan of Sacramento State's Civil Engineering Department.

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Sacramento State have signed a two-year, $300,000 contract to provide DWR with consulting, research, and education and training services. The co-principal investigators are Professors Saad Merayyan and Ramzi Mahmood of the Civil Engineering Department.

According to Merayyan, DWR staff will identify needs and request university services through their division chiefs or project managers.  Sacramento State personnel will then work with DWR to define the project scope, budget, and schedule.  If approved, projects would be executed by faculty, staff, and students. 

The scope of possible projects is very broad, and not limited to the College of Engineering.  “DWR can access experts from across the California State University system because Sacramento State is acting as the lead contractual representative of the California State University, Merayyan says.

“If we can’t find the needed experts on our campus, we will search the CSU system to identify them and forward their names to DWR.”

The contracting process, from inception to signing, took more than two years.  ”But it was worth it, Merayyan notes. 

“This contract will provide Sacramento State with unique opportunities to share its expertise and work with one of the largest agencies involved with water resources issues throughout the state.”

For more information, contact Merayyan at 916-278-5349 or email For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.