Leadership and Excellence in
Environmental Engineering and Science
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 and Science™ (E3S) Awards Luncheon and Technical Conference. A monetary award of $1,000 with an additional $500 for travel by the award recipient to the annual E3S ceremony will be granted to the winning nominee.
Examples of significant contributions include:
Nomination packages should include: (1) a brief cover letter from the nominator; (2) brief curriculum vitae (4-page maximum) for the nominee, (3) documentation related directly to the award criteria consisting of no more than 30 pages, (4) one (minimum) to five (maximum) letters of recommendation from current or past students; and (5) one (minimum) to three (maximum) letters of recommendation from faculty, administrator, or industry peers. Past nominations will be carried over and considered for three years and can be modified during the current nomination period.
Questions may be directed to:
Professor James R. Mihelcic
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 813-974-9896
Daniel B. Oerther is the Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T. He also serves as a Jefferson Science Fellow providing science, technology, and engineering advice to the Secretary of State. Previously, Dan was head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
He holds a doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, and he was Board Certified by AAEES in 2005.
In 2009, Dan received the University Research E3 Honor Award from AAEES for "Improved Water Quality in Northwest Tanzania." His awards from AEESP include the 1999 MWH First Place Masters Thesis, the 2004 Outstanding Educator Award, the 2007 Distinguished Service Award as Liaison between AEESP and WEF, and the 2010 Distinguished Service Award as Chief Information Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of AEESP.
From 2014 through 2016, Dan is serving as Treasurer of AAEES, and he has championed the development of the Student Team Award. Dan's research expertise includes genome-enabled molecular biotechnologies to quantify microbes in activated sludge, BNR, MBRs, and microbial source tracking. He has also worked extensively to promote sanitation and drinking water in developing countries including Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Morocco, and Tanzania.
As an educator of engineering practitioners, Dan has been recognized for novel course materials in biotechnology, in the development of experiential learning, and in the development of a flipped classroom, asynchronous content, and mastery learning as part of Introduction to Environmental Engineering.
2013 -- John T. Novak
2012 -- George Tchobanoglous
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