For Sustained and Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Engineering Education and Practice.
Menachem Elimelech—the Sterling Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and founder of the Environmental Engineering Program at Yale University—has made substantial contributions to the field of water science and technology. He is widely recognized for his pioneering work on membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, materials for next-generation desalination and water purification membranes, particle and pathogen filtration, water and sanitation in developing countries, environmental applications of nanomaterials, and engineered osmosis for sustainable water and power production. His work, at the nexus of several fields, has transformed the field of water science and technology and several of his findings have become textbook materials and applied to engineered water treatment systems. Professor Elimelech is the author of over 460 refereed journal publications, one book, and numerous conference proceedings and book chapters. He is the most cited and impactful scholar in the world in the field of environmental and water quality engineering, with over 110,000 citations and h index of 168 (Google Scholar). Professor Elimelech also made immense contributions to education via mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. He has mentored 43 PhD students and 39 postdoctoral researchers, many of whom hold leading positions in academia, industry, and government worldwide.