Cleary Medal

Edward J. Cleary Award

The Cleary Award is given to an individual who is an outstanding performer in the management of environmental protection enterprises conducted under either public or private auspices and 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.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Environmental Scientist, click here.

Cleary Winner

2017 Edward J. Cleary Award Recipient

Sudhir Murthy, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Dr. Sudhir Murthy is Innovations Chief for DC Water and leads the development and implementation of the Authority's innovation strategy. Sudhir creates, defines and translates research and development into product, service or revenue concepts. Sudhir led the concept development for several programs at the Blue Plains facility that has led to nearly $1 billion in engineering/construction.

These innovative projects were developed though novel approaches of public-public partnership with other water utilities, and through collaboration with private enterprise and universities. More than 80 MS and PhD students from universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa, and their academic advisors have been contributing to the planning effort with most of these students 'insourced' to research at DC Water in a multifunctional and interdisciplinary setting. This approach is now viewed as a model for collaborative engagement by universities and utilities. Similarly, Sudhir is working with private enterprise in developing new approaches for 'co-innovation' between the water technology supply and demand sectors.

In the past five years, DC Water has won four of five Research Grand Prizes from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Sudhir is a Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and has received several Water Environment Federation awards including the Ralph Fuhrman Medal for Academia-Practitioner Collaboration, the George Gascoigne Medal for Wastewater Treatment Operational Improvement and the Camp Applied Research Award.

Sudhir has championed the development of internal innovation programs as a means to developing sustainable and resilient water utilities, and is the founding chair of the joint utility program called LIFT – Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology with nearly 300 participating utilities. This program helps utilities with policies and approaches to drive innovation in the water sector.

Sudhir has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has over 90 peer review publications and over 250 publications or presentations. He was most recently selected to serve on the board of directors of the International Water Association. Sudhir is a third generation civil engineer born and raised in India. He is married to his civil engineer wife, Maureen and has two aspiring civil engineer children: Tara and Kieran.

Past Winners

2016 Lynch, Kira
2015 Shafer, Kevin
2014 Bailey, Walter F.
2013 Vicory, Jr., Alan H.
2012 Malina, Jr., Joseph F.
2011 Lanyon, Richard F.
2010 Maguin, Stephen R.
2009 Bishop, Walter J.
2008 Brown, Jeanette A.
2007 Weaver, Leo
2005 Foxworthy, James E.
2003 Symons, James M.
2001 Stahl, James F.
1999 Hellman, Thomas M.
1997 Vasuki, N.C.
1995 Dalton, Frank
1993 Georgeson, Duane L.
1991 Reilly, William K.
1989 Hair, Jay D.
1987 Heiberg, III, LTG E. R.
1985 Ruckelshaus, William D.
1983 Carroll, William J.
1981 Ling, Joseph T.
1979 Parkhurst, John D.
1977 Haney, Paul D.
1975 Lang, Martin
1973 Baxter, Samuel S.

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