AEESP Foundation Awards

Student Awards

Recipients of the student awards and their faculty advisor receive a plaque and a cash prize. In most cases, a travel allotment is provided to the student recipient and faculty advisor, if attending the awards ceremony. For more information, including nomination instructions and past recipients, visit the detailed pages for each award listed below.

Jacobs Engineering Group/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award, endowed by Jacobs Engineering Group, is given annually to recognize an outstanding doctoral dissertation that contributes to the advancement of environmental science and engineering.

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Paul V. Roberts/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Paul V. Roberts/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award is given annually to recognize a rigorous and innovative doctoral thesis that advances the science and practice of water quality engineering for either engineered or natural systems. Special consideration will be given to physical-chemical process research and/or research that especially supports underserved communities, environmental awareness, or sustainable solutions.

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Edward J. Bouwer AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Annually awarded to honor the excellent work done by emerging researchers in the environmental engineering and science field and honor Ed’s legacy of research and mentorship that contributes to the advancement of environmental science and engineering (*beginning in 2023).

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AEESP Master’s Thesis Awards

This award annually recognizes the first and second most outstanding M.S. theses that contribute to the advancement of environmental science and engineering.

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Parsons/Engineering Science AEESP Doctoral Dissertation Award, 1974-2005

The original doctoral dissertation award was established in 1974 with sponsorship from the consulting firm Engineering-Science, Inc. When Engineering-Science merged with Parsons Corporation in 1995, sponsorship of the award was continued by the Parsons Corporation for another 10 years. This award has been discontinued.

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Virginia Tech Student Travel Award

This endowed award was established in 2007, and was the first award sponsored by the newly formed AEESP Foundation. It is given biannually to a Virginia Tech undergraduate or graduate student to support his or her travel to attend the biennial AEESP Education and Research Conference. Recipients are chosen based on a combination of need and merit, as decided by the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Education, Research and Practice Faculty Awards

Cash prizes are given to recipients of several of these awards as well as a plaque. For more information, including nomination deadline dates and past recipients, visit the detailed pages for each award listed below.

Charles R. O'Melia AEESP Distinguished Educator Award

This award is given annually to recognize the significant contributions of Professor O’Melia to environmental engineering education and will be awarded to an environmental engineering or science professor who has a record of excellent teaching in the classroom and through graduate student advising; significant research achievements that have contributed to environmental engineering knowledge; and an outstanding record of influence through mentoring of former students and colleagues.

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AEESP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering & Science Education

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or science professor who is making outstanding contributions to the teaching of environmental engineering, both at the individual’s home institution and beyond.

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AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering & Science

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or science professor who is making outstanding contributions to the teaching of environmental engineering, both at the individual’s home institution and beyond.

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AEESP Outstanding Publication Award

This award is given annually to recognize the author(s) of a "landmark environmental engineering and science paper that has withstood the test of time and significantly influenced the practice of environmental engineering and science."

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Walter J. Weber, Jr. AEESP Frontier in Research Award

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or science professor who has advanced the environmental engineering and science field through recognized research leadership and pioneering efforts in a new and innovative research area.

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Perry L. McCarty AEESP Founders' Award

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering and science professor who has made “sustained and outstanding contributions to environmental engineering education, research, and practice.”

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Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach

This award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions and leadership by a faculty member through involvement in environmental engineering and science outreach activities to the global community.

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AEESP/Mary Ann Liebert Award for Publication Excellence in Environmental Engineering Science

Starting in 2018, this award will be given annually to the authors of an outstanding paper published in Environmental Engineering Science during the previous calendar year. Environmental Engineering Science is the official journal of AEESP, and this award recognizes publication excellence among its members.

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AAEES Foundation Awards

The AAEES Foundation confers a set of additional awards to our community for outstanding contributions to environmental engineering and science education, research, and practice. While financially supported by the AAEES Foundation, the recipients are selected by a joint committee of AAEES and AEESP members.

William Brewster Snow Award

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering graduate student who has made significant accomplishments in an employment or academic engineering project.

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The Frederick George Pohland Medal

This award honors an individual who has made sustained and outstanding efforts to bridge environmental engineering research, education, and practice.

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Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education (E4) Award

The E4 Award will be granted to an educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession in the area of educating practitioners. The award will be jointly administered by AAEES and AEESP and will be bestowed annually at the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering (E3) awards banquet.

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W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award

This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or environmental science graduate student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of wastewater management. The award selection will be based on original, innovative research of publishable quality and other factors.

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Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

This award is given annually to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of in the area of Computational Hydraulics & Hydrology. The award selection will be based on original, innovative research of publishable quality and other factors listed below. Both Master's and Ph.D. students are eligible.

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