AEESP Awards

Nominations for the 2021 AEESP Awards is now closed. 2021 AEESP Fellow nominations is also closed.

*Note: Beginning with 2021 Awards, only AEESP members who are up-to-date with dues are eligible to nominate candidates for awards (letters of support from non-AEESP members are acceptable). To check your dues status, log into your account, then click on ‘Update Your Membership Profile’ under the ‘Member Resources’ banner on the right side of the page. Your term expiration will appear at the bottom of your profile page. 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.

Brief award descriptions are presented below. All nomination materials must be submitted online. The submission link for each award, full instructions, and a list of prior award winners can be found on the AEESP Foundation Webpage as well as on each specific Award page. The Awards and 2020 and 2021 Fellows will be presented at the AEESP Biennial Research and Education Conference in St. Louis in July 2021.

The AEESP coordinates the activities of an Awards Committee which oversees the annual selection of the following awards to recognize different aspects of service, research, professional involvement, and teaching in the area of environmental engineering and science.

Recent Award Recipients

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Recipient: Maya Trotz
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Menachem Elimelech
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Michael K. Stenstrom
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Quinn T. Whiting
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Michael R. Templeton
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Michael J. Bentel
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Sunxiang (Sean) Zheng
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Nancy G. Love
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Susan D. Richardson, University of South Carolina
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Dionysios D. Dionysiou and George Anipsitakis
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Elizabeth (Libby) McKenna
Year of Award: 2021
Recipient: Emily K. Maher, Kassidy N. O'Malley, Michael E. Dollhopf, Brooke K. Mayer, and Patrick J. McNamara
Year of Award: 2021

Student Research Awards

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of industrial wastewater management.
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Sponsor: AAEES Foundation

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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Sponsor: AAEES Foundation

AEESP Master’s Thesis Awards
This award annually recognizes the top two most outstanding M.S. theses that contribute to the advancement of environmental science and engineering.
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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AAEES Foundation

Parsons/Engineering Science AEESP Doctoral Dissertation Award
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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Student Travel Award

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

Education, Research and Practice Awards

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AAEES Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation

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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Sponsor: AAEES Foundation

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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Sponsor: AEESP Foundation
(Click here to donate to the Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach Endownment Fund.)

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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Sponsor: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers