Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

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This award is given annually to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of in the area of Computational Hydraulics & Hydrology. The award selection will be based on original, innovative research of publishable quality and other factors listed below. Both Master's and Ph.D. students are eligible.

The award will consist of a plaque and a cash honorarium of $1,500 for the student and a plaque and cash honorarium of $500 for the major faculty advisor. A $500 travel allotment is provided to the student recipient to attend the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon. The award selection is administered jointly by a committee consisting of equal numbers of AAEES and AEESP members. The award is co-sponsored by Innovyze, the global leader in smart wet infrastructure modeling and management tools.

Eligible applicants will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. academic program performance (35%),
  2. research accomplishment (35%),
  3. professional or community service (15%),
  4. purpose and goals (10%), and
  5. any other evidence provided (5%).

An applicant remains eligible up to one calendar year following graduation and receipt of the degree earned.

Complete nomination packages should include:

  1. Academic letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor of the applicant detailing the contributions of the research to the profession and also indicating that the applicant has completed all substantive requirements for the graduate degree sought, and has earned a minimum GPA of 3.3/4 in the current program,
  2. One additional academic letter of recommendation,
  3. Copy of a publication (or manuscript submitted for publication) derived from the subject research for which the applicant is the first author – 25 page limit,
  4. A professional resume of the student applicant, listing all professional affiliations, publications, honors, service, and relevant experience, and
  5. An applicant prepared statement of professional purpose in pursuing the graduate degree and goals for the first five years of professional practice – (limit 500 words).

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:; Tel: 410-516-7437

Information on where to submit a nomination package can be found here:

Innovyze Excellence Winner

2018 Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

Ahmed Abokifa, Washington University of St. Louis

Advisor: Pratim Biswas

Ahmed Abokifa is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He is on schedule to graduate in May and afterwards, he will be joining the University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Water and the Environment. He hold both a BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Cairo University.

Ahmed is interested in studying urban water infrastructure systems, specifically through addressing some of the substantial challenges that face our modern societies to manage, preserve, and upgrade them in order to guarantee the continuous supply of clean water for all our residential, commercial, and industrial demands. Under this umbrella, his Ph.D. research has been mainly focused on modeling and monitoring the water quality in drinking water distribution systems. He uses various computational approaches to understand the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological processes that dictate the water chemistry. As a part of a large research team, his task has been to develop multi-scale water chemistry models, ranging from continuum-scale reactive-transport models to understand the fate and transport of different compounds in the water system, to mathematical optimization and machine learning models implemented for system-level management and control.

In addition to research, Ahmed also has a strong passion for teaching and education. He has participated in the instruction of several courses in the broad fields of Civil, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering at three different academic institutions: Washington University, Cairo University, and the American University in Cairo.

Past Recipients

Faculty Advisor
2017 Zhang, Qian William P. Ball, Ph.D Johns Hopkins University
2016 Jefferson, Jennifer Reed Maxwell Colorado School of Mines
2015 Dale, Amy Elizabeth Casman and Gregory Lowry Carnegie Mellon University

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