AEESP Foundation Awards

Nominations for the 2017 AEESP awards are closed.  Brief award descriptions are presented below.  All nomination materials must be submitted online.  The Awards will be presented at the 2017 Research and Education Conference at the University of Michigan in June 2017.

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AEESP and the AEESP Foundation confer awards that our community presents for outstanding contributions to environmental engineering and science education, research, and practice. Through the hard work and generosity of many, the AEESP Foundation has been raising funds to endow new and existing awards. Efforts are continuing, and we hope to announce additional endowed awards in the future.

Student Research 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.

CH2M/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
This award, endowed by CH2M, 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
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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MWH/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 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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ARCADIS/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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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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