AEESP Outstanding Publication Award

Nominations for 2023 AEESP Awards will open on November 1, 2022.

Please take a moment to read AEESP's Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure nominators and/or nominees do not pose a conflict of interest prior to submitting nominations.

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." At least one of the authors must be living and previous winners are ineligible for a period of three years. The recipient of this award will receive a plaque, a cash prize of $500, and a $750 travel allotment to attend the awards ceremony.

Nominations must be made by individuals who are not authors or co-authors of the paper. Nomination packages should include: (1) a nomination letter (2-page maximum) that includes email and mailing addresses of the nominator and nominees, gives the full citation of the paper, the reasons why the paper is considered a landmark, a description of the influence the paper has had on environmental engineering and science, and a 50-word (max.) citation of the nominees that may be used by the presenter when the winners are announced; (2) a clear electronic copy of the publication; (3) at least two, but no more than five, additional letters of support; and (4) full current contact information for the authors of the publication. Past nominations will be carried over and considered for three years and may be modified during this period.

*Eligibility: Previous winners of the award are ineligible for a period of three (3) years.  At least one of the authors of the paper must be living.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the AEESP Awards Committee:
Dr. Helen Nguyen
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois
e-mail:; Tel: 217-244-5965

The AEESP Foundation graciously thanks you for your generous donation towards our endowment target of $75,000:

Past Recipients

Year  Paper
2022 Tratnyek, Paul, Scherer, Michelle, and Johnson, Timothy.  "Kinetics of halogenated organic compound degradation by iron metal," Environmental Science & Technology, 30(8): 2634-2640 (1996).
2021 Dionysiou, Dionysios D. and Anipsitakis, George.  "Radical generation by the interaction of transition metals with common oxidants," Environmental Science & Technology, 38(13): 3705-3712 (2004).
2020 Logan, Bruce E. et al. "Microbial Fuel Cells: Methodology and Technology," Environmental Science & Technology, 40(17): 5181-5192 (2006).
2019 Tufenkji, Nathalie and Elimelech, Menachem.  "Correlation equation for predicting single-collector efficiency in physicochemical filtration in saturated porous media," Environmental Science & Technology, 38: 529-536 (2004).
2018 Arnold, William A. and Roberts, A. Lynn.  "Pathways and kinetics of chlorinated ethylene and chlorinated acetylene reaction with Fe(0) particles," Environmental Science & Technology, 34 (9), 1794-1805 (2000).
2017 Jafvert, C.T. and Valentine, R.L., "Reaction scheme for the chlorination of ammoniacal water," Environ. Sci. Technol., pp 577-586 (1992)
2016 DiToro, D.M., Paquin, P.R., Subburamu, K. and Gruber, D.A. "Sediment Oxygen Demand Model: Methane and Ammonia Oxidation," Journal of Environmental Engineering, 116(5), 945 (1990)
2015 Reckhow, D.A., Singer, P.C., and Malcolm, R.L. "Chlorination of Humic Materials: Byproduct Formation and Chemical Interpretations," Environmental Science and Technology, 24(11), 1655-1664 (1990).
2012 Childress, A.E., and Elimelech, M. "Effect of Solution Chemistry on the Surface Charge of Polymeric Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes", Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 119(2), October 1996, pages 253-268.
2011 Matheson, L.J. and P.G. Tratnyek. "Reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated methanes by iron metal" Environmental Science and Technology, 28:2045-2053, 1994.
2010 Carter, C.W. and I.H. Suffett. “Binding of DDT to Dissolved Humic Materials.” Environmental Science and Technology. 16:735-740 (1982).
2009 Dempsey, B.A., Ganho, R.M., and C.R. O'Melia. "IThe Coagulation of Humic Substances by Means of Aluminum Salts". Journal of the American Water Works Association. 76:141-150 (1984).
2008 Freedman, D.L. and Gossett, J.M. "Biological Reductive Dechlorination of Tetrachloroethylene and Trichloroethylene to Ethylene under Methanogenic Conditions", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 55:2144-2151 (1989). 1991.
2007 Hayes, K. F., A. L. Roe, G. E. Brown Jr., K. O. Hodgson, J. O. Leckie and G. A. Parks. "In situ x-ray absorption study of surface complexes: selenium oxyanions on a-FeOOH". Science. 238:783-786 (1987).
2006 Ball, W.P. and Roberts P.V., "Long-Term Sorption of Halogenated Organic Chemicals by Aquifer Material. 2. Intraparticle Diffusion," Environ. Sci. Technol., 25(7):1237-1249, 1991.
2005 Han, M. and D.F. Lawler, "The (Relative) Insignificance of G in Flocculation," J. Amer. Water Works Assn., 84(10):79-91, 1992.
2004 Edzwald, J.K., Becker, W.C., and Wattier, K.L., "Surrogate Parameters for Monitoring Organic Matter and THM Precursors," J. Amer. Water Works Assn. 77(4):122-132, 1985.
2003 Williamson, K.J. and P.L. McCarty, "A Model of Substrate Utilization by Bacterial Films," J. Water Poll. Control Fed., 48:9-24, 1976.
2002 Elimelech, M., and C.R. O'Melia, "Kinetics of deposition of colloidal particles in porous media," Environ. Sci. Technol. 24:1528-1536, 1990.
2001 Thackston, E.L. and P.A. Krenkel, "Reaeration Prediction in Natural Streams," J. Sanit. Engrg. Div., ASCE, 95(1):65-93, 1969.
2000 Crittenden, J.C., Hand, D.W., Arora, H., and B.W. Lykins, Jr., "Design Considerations for GAC Treatment of Organic Chemicals," J. Amer. Water Works Assn. 79 (1) 74-82, 1987.
1999 Chiou, C. T., Peters L.J., and V.H. Freed, "A Physical Concept of Soil-Water Equilibria for Non-Ionic Compounds," Science (206)16 831-832, 1979.
1999 G. Sposito, "The Operational Definition of the Zero Point of Charge in Soils," Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., V. 45, 292, 1981.
1998 Bouwer, E.J. and P. McCarty, "Removal of trace chlorinated organic compounds by activated carbon and fixed-film bacteria," Environ. Sci. Technol., 16 (836-843) 1982.
1997 Amirtharajah, A. and K.M. Mills, "Rapid-Mix Design for Mechanisms of Alum Coagulation," Journal Amer. Water Works Assn., 74 (4) 210-216, 1982.
1996 Rajagopalan, R. and C. Tien, "Trajectory Analysis of Deep-Bed Filtration with the Sphere-in-cell Porous Media Model," AIChE Journal, 22, 523-533, 1976.
1995 Sezgin, M., D. Jenkins, and D.S. Parker, "A Unified Theory of Filamentous Activated Sludge Bulking," J. Water Poll. Con. Fed., 50, 2, 362-382, 1978.
1994 Morel, F.M.M. and J.J. Morgan, "A Numerical Method for Computing Equilibria in Aqueous Chemical Systems," Environ. Sci. Technol., 6:58-67, 1972.
1993 Stevens, A.A. and J.M. Symons, "Measurement of Trihalomethane and Precursor Concentration Changes", J. Amer. Water Works Assn., 69:10:546, 1977.
1992 Argaman, Y. and W. J. Kaufman, "Turbulence and Flocculation", J. San. Engr. Div., ASCE, 96, SA2, 223-241, April, 1970.
1991 Yao, K.-M., M.T. Habibian, and C.R. O'Melia, "Water and Waste Water Filtration: Concepts and Applications," Environ. Sci. Technol., 5 (11), 1105, Nov., 1971.
1990 O'Connor, D.J., "Oxygen Balance of an Estuary," Jour. San. Engrg. Div., ASCE, 86, SA3, 35-55 (May, 1960).
1989 Weber, W.J., Jr. and J.C. Morris, "Kinetics of Adsorption on Carbon from Solution," and "Equilibria and Capacities for Adsorption on Carbon," J. San. Engrg. Div., ASCE, April 1963 and June 1964.
1988 McCarty, P.L., "Anaerobic Waste Treatment Fundamentals", Public Works, 95, 9, 107-112; 10, 123-126; 11, 91-94; 12, 95-99 (September-December, 1964).
1987 Dick, R.I. and Ewing, B.B., "Evaluation of Activated Sludge Thickening Theories", J. San. Engrg. Div., ASCE, 93, SA4, 9-29 (August, 1967).
1986 Dick, R.I., "Role of Activated Sludge Final Settling Tanks", J. San. Engrg. Div., ASCE, 96, SA2, 423-436 (April, 1970).
1985 McCarty, P.L. and Lawrence, A.W., "Unified Basis for Biological Treatment Design and Operation", J. San. Engrg. Div., ASCE, 96, SA3, 757-78 (June, 1970).
1984 Stumm, W. and O'Melia, C.R., "Stoichiometry of Coagulation", J. Amer. Water Works Assn., 60, 5, 514-539 (May, 1968).
1983 Stumm, W. and Morgan, J.J., "Chemical Aspects of Coagulation", J. Amer. Water Works Assn., 54, 8, 971-992 (August, 1962).