Fair Medal

Gordon Maskew Fair Award

The Gordon Maskew Fair Award honors one of the pioneers of environmental engineering, Dean Fair. In addition to his own exemplary career, his living legacy includes hundreds of prominent practicing engineers and eminent professors who continue to emulate his values. He taught his students not only the technical aspects of the field but inspired them to use their skills to protect and enhance environmental quality.

Through the Fair Award, the Academy seeks to identify Board Certified Environmental Engineers, Members or Scientists who have contributed to the status of the environmental engineering or science professions by:

  • Exemplary professional conduct
  • Recognized achievements in the practice of environmental engineering and science
  • Significant contributions to the control of the quality of the world's environment

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

Fair Winner

2018 Gordon Maskew Fair Award Recipient

Debra R. Reinhart, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Dr. Debra Reinhart is a Pegasus Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of Central Florida and a member of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Florida Technological University, and an M.S. in Sanitary Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Reinhart served from 2011-2013 as the Environmental Engineering Program Director at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Reinhart was a consulting engineer for Keck and Wood and CH2M Hill, both in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also Chief of the Research and Development Division of the Bureau of Pollution Control for the City of Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Reinhart's research area is solid waste management, with a focus on optimized waste collection and sustainable operation of landfills. Her research has been supported by grants from and contracts with both government agencies and private companies, with research support from the federal government (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through subcontractor ARCADIS, and the National Science Foundation), core funding from the State of Florida (Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management), and from the Environmental Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Reinhart is an Associate Editor for the Waste Management Journal, a member of the Managing Board of the International Waste Working Group, and a member of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation Board. In addition, she is a member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission and serves as an ABET program evaluator. She has served on the American Society of Civil Engineer's Report Card for America's Infrastructure Committee for the last three report cards.

Dr. Reinhart has received national recognition from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, AAEES, the Tech Museum of Innovation, Solid Waste Association of North America and others. She is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Georgia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Reinhart has been quite active with AAEES. In addition to her ABET volunteer efforts, she was on the AAEES Board of Trustees from 1992 - 2010 and was the President in 2009. She chaired the Environmental Engineering Body of Knowledge Task Force which produced the Environmental Engineering Body of Knowledge in 2009. She has served on numerous committees for AAEES, including Strategic Planning, Policies and Procedures, Education, Solid Waste, Membership, Development and Outreach, Awards, Nominating, and Seminars and Workshop committees, the Website Working Group and has been on the board of the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation.

She has been a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in Solid Waste Management since 1994 and was the 2014 recipient of the Stanley E. Kappe Award.

Past Winners

2017 Hickox, Stephen J.
2016 Rittmann, Bruce
2015 Luthy, Richard G.
2014 McCarty, Perry
2013 Lawrence, Alonzo W.
2012 Sproul, Otis J.
2012 Huang, C. P.
2011 Shuval, Hillel I.
2010 Surampalli, Rao Y.
2009 Wilson, Thomas E.
2008 Haug, R. Tim
2007 Stahl, Jim F.
2006 Singer, Philip C.
2005 Marini, Robert C.
2004 Conway, Richard A.
2003 Johnson, Jr., Charles C.
2002 Schad, Theodore M.
2001 Lue-Hing, Cecil
2000 Pohland, Frederick G.
1999 Eckenfelder, W. Wesley
1998 Orlob, Gerald T.
1997 Woodruff, Paul H.
1996 Loehr, Raymond J.
1995 Weber, Jr., Walter J.
1994 Gilbert, Jerome B.
1993 Sorber, Charles A.
1992 Carroll, William J.
1991 Busch, Paul L.
1990 Garrison, Walter E.
1989 Geyer, John C.
1988 Longest, II, Henry L.
1987 Canham, Robert A.
1986 Lagnese, Jr., Joseph F.
1985 Bacon, Vinton W.
1984 Malina, Jr., Joseph F.
1983 Stern, Arthur C.
1982 Gloyna, Earnest F.
1981 Rohlich, Gerard A.
1980 Gibbs, William R.
1979 Lawler, Joseph C.
1978 Kappe, Stanley E.
1977 Weston, Roy F.
1976 Boyce, Earnest
1975 Gilbertson, Wesley E.
1974 Butrico, Frank A.
1973 Ludwig, John H.
1972 Okun, Daniel A.
1971 Coulter, James B.

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