“Water: Oil of the Future?” is the topic of the annual Lanning Lecture by James H. Clark at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Carpenter 102. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Architecture, the lecture is funded by alumnus Jack Dillon in honor of his late wife, Frances Lanning Dillon.

Clark is the Los Angeles-based vice president and project director of the engineering/construction firm Black & Veatch Corporation. He has managed numerous environmental and water-quality improvement projects, including the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant, named by the American Public Works Association as one of the 10 most outstanding public works of the 20th century.

Born in Vancouver, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in environmental engineering from WSU and received a WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 2004.