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Ellen E. Kitamura was appointed to be the Deputy Manager and Chief Engineer of the Board of Water Supply (BWS) as of March 16, 2012. In this capacity, she oversees the Department's internal operations, with a focus on the agency's divisions that are directly involved with the source, storage, treatment, transmission, and distribution of water to ensure the sustainability of Oahu's water resources and infrastructure.
A BWS employee since 1982 when she was hired as a Civil Engineer I, Kitamura was promoted to her current position from her previous BWS position as Civil Engineer VI in the Technical Engineering Projects Branch of the Information Technology Division. There, she oversaw the staff responsible for providing Geographic Information System (GIS) application development, hydraulic model calibration, and project management services to support the Department's engineering activities. She also managed the development and growth of HONU (Honolulu Online Utilities), the Department's award-winning GIS enterprise web-based application. Before that, she had worked her way up the ranks in various BWS engineering positions, working on matters such as water master planning, hydraulic analysis, water availability requests, and plans review.
Prior to her BWS employment, Kitamura worked for two years at a private civil engineering consulting firm and also spent a few years with the Hawaii National Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, where she was involved with the start-up of the geothermal project in Puna on the island of Hawaii.
Kitamura was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the UH Manoa and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
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