Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education (E4S)

The E4S 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:

  • Development of educational material or text that enhances the ability of students to succeed as professional environmental engineers serving as practitioners in roles such as infrastructure design and project leadership.
  • Demonstration of successful course or curricula development aimed at educating practitioners. Successful deployment of the Environmental Engineering Body of Knowledge concepts.
  • Creation of unique methods or curricula that challenge and inspire students in the area of environmental engineering practice.
  • Demonstration of successful student educational outcomes (examples include: letters of support/nomination from former students currently practicing environmental engineering, former students passing PE, former students showing leadership as practitioners, critical projects that former students have led).
  • Establishment of positive student mentoring relationships or programs.
  • Contributions to the profession in terms of activity in professional organizations, delivery of lectures, and interaction with public agencies and the consulting community to bridge the gap between university education and environmental engineering practice.
  • Open to all university faculty teaching environmental engineering.

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 the chair of the AAEES Foundation Awards Committee:

Ed Brouwer, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
e-mail: bouwer@jhu.edu; Tel: 410-516-7437

Information on where to submit a nomination package can be found here: http://www.aeesp.org/awards/e4.

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Winner

2018 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Recipient

Dr. Richard Valentine

Richard Valentine obtained degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1973, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1982, teaching courses in environmental chemistry, physical-chemical water treatment processes, and courses in engineering for freshman emphasizing strategies for creative problem solving.

Dr. Valentine has made pioneering contributions in both theoretical and practical applications of environmental chemistry and process design. This includes disinfection byproducts (DBPs) research, as applied to drinking water treatment and water distribution systems.

He is the leading authority on chloramine reaction kinetics, which governs the stability of the disinfection process. He developed a simple, practical relationship for predicting how fast chloramines decompose in the distribution system, which is used as a guide in implementing the chloramination process.

Dr. Valentine developed an inexpensive and robust process to remove radium from drinking water based on its adsorption to hydrous manganese oxides, the first use of a metal oxide to treat drinking water. The process has been commercialized and has been widely adopted. He also described a mechanism accounting for the instability and subsequent dissolution of lead oxides when chloramines are used in disinfection.

Past Recipients

2017 Mihelcic, James
2016 No recipient
2015 Nies, Larry
2014 Oerther, Daniel B.
2013 Novak, John T.
2012 Tchobanoglous, George

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