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AAEES Announces 2018 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards
July 3, 2018

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) recently hosted their 2018 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon and Conference. During the event, which honors outstanding individuals in environmental engineering and environmental science who have made significant contributions to the profession, several awards were presented including: the AAEES Science Award, the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award, the Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award, the Edward J. Cleary Award, the The William Brewster Snow Award, the Stanley E. Kappe Award, and the Gordon Maskew Fair Award.

The AAEES Science Award, presented to Joel Gerard Burken, Ph.D., P.E., F.AEESP, BCEE, is given to an individual who is an outstanding performer in the management and implementation of environmental science programs and projects conducted under either public or private auspices. The honoree is someone who has demonstrated exemplary professional conduct, has distinguished qualities of personal leadership, has incorporated originality into devising new management techniques for dealing with environmental issues. The award recipient will also have displayed sensitivity for, and a responsiveness to, the impact of social and political influences on the conduct of environmental programs.

Dr. Burken received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, where he conducted some of the initial research on phytoremediation, and currently serves as Chair and Curators’ Distinguished Professor of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla).

The Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award, presented to Dr. Richard Valentine of the University of Iowa, is granted annually to an educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession in the area of educating practitioners. The award is jointly administered by AAEES and the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors (AEESP).

Dr. Valentine holds degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa where he teaches courses in environmental chemistry, physical-chemical water treatment processes, and courses in engineering for freshman emphasizing strategies for creative problem solving.

Sponsored by Innovyze, Inc., a leading provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions for water/wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide, the Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award, presented to Ahmed Abokifa and his Faculty Advisor, Pratim Biswas, is given annually to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool in the area of computational hydraulics & hydrology.

Ahmed Abokifa is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Upon graduation, he will be joining the University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Water and the Environment. He hold both a BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Cairo University.

The Edward J. Cleary Award, presented to Karen L. Pallansch, P.E., BCEE of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, is given to an individual who is singled out as an outstanding performer in the management of environmental protection enterprises – conducted under either public or private auspices – who has demonstrated exemplary professional conduct, personal leadership, originality in devising new environmental protection techniques, and sensitivity and responsiveness to social, economic, and political factors in environmental protection.

Ms. Pallansch currently serves as CEO for Alexandria Renew Enterprises, previously known as the Alexandria Sanitation Authority. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University, Texarkana. She is a registered Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has a Class I wastewater license, is a Water Environment Federation Fellow, and is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

The William Brewster Snow Award, presented to Maria Briones, is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering graduate student whose research marked a significant accomplishment in an academic project setting, or as an employee of a firm doing research for its own portfolio or for the benefit of its customers.

Maria Briones, currently a Master’s candidate at the University of South Florida and working part time at Jacobs Engineering Group in the water sector, graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the International Engineering Program (IEP) with a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Spanish Language.

The Stanley E. Kappe Award, presented to Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, D.AAS, CEP, C.Eng, M.CIEH, C.Env., is given to the Board Certified Environmental Engineer or Board Certified Environmental Scientist who has performed extraordinary and outstanding service, contributed to the significant advancement of public awareness to the betterment of the total environment, and has worked to achieve the other objectives of the AAEES mission.

Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, D.AAS, CEP, C.Eng, M.CIEH, C.Env, is a Professor of Environmental Health Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, a licensed Professional Engineer in three states, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians (D.AAS), and he is Certified by the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professional (CEP). Professor Oerther earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, and he was previously Department Chair at the University of Cincinnati.

The Gordon Maskew Fair Award, presented to Debra R. Reinhart, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, is given to Board Certified Environmental Engineers, Members or Scientists who have contributed to the status of the environmental engineering or environmental science professions by exemplary professional conduct, recognized achievements in the practice of environmental engineering and science, and significant contributions to the control of the quality of the world’s environment.

Dr. Debra Reinhart is a Pegasus Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of Central Florida and a member of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Florida Technological University, and an M.S. in Sanitary Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


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