Kappe Medal

Stanley E. Kappe Award

The Stanley E. Kappe Award honors the man whose dedicated leadership, strong devotion, and tireless efforts contributed so much to the growth and advancement of AAEE during the period he served as its Executive Director, 1971 to 1981.

This Award is presented to the Board Certified Environmental Engineer or Board Certification Environmental Scientist who has performed extraordinary and outstanding service contributory to significant advancement of public awareness to the betterment of the total environment and other objectives to the Academy.

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.

Kappe Winner

2018 Stanley E. Kappe Award Recipient

Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, D.AAS, CEP, C.Eng, M.CIEH, C.Env

Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, D.AAS, CEP, C.Eng, M.CIEH, C.Env, is a Professor of Environmental Health Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. His service to AAEES includes: Audit, Finance, Membership, and Strategic Planning committees; member of the Board of Trustees; and since 2013, Treasurer of the Academy. Dan founded and funded the Academy's Student Team Award. He has received numerous awards from AAEES, including: the 2009 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (E3S) University Research Honor Award for, "Improved Water Quality in Northwest Tanzania"; 2014 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award; 2016 E3S Superior Achievement Award for, "Improved Water Quality in Ixcan, Guatemala" (only the second time in E3S history that a University Research Project has won the overall Superior Achievement Award), the 2017 Pohland Medal for, "bridging research, education, and practice," and the 2018 Kappe Award for, "advancing public awareness to the betterment of the environment and the objectives of the Academy."

Professor Oerther earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, and he was previously Department Chair at the University of Cincinnati. Dan uses environmental biotechnology to achieve sustainable development at the nexus of water quality and food security. He co-founded/directed: NSF GK-12 Project STEP at Cincinnati; Ohio Center for Excellence in Sustaining the Urban Environment; Environmental Research Center at Missouri; and Missouri Center for Science Diplomacy Laboratory. He served as major advisor for 14 doctoral and 22 masters students, and he co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. Dan's leadership experience includes: Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering; Chair, WEFTEC Research Symposium; Associate Editor, Water Environment Research; Board of Directors, AEESP; Program Evaluator, ABET; Mayor's Steering Committee for the Green Cincinnati Plan; Phelps County (Missouri) Extension Council; and Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Advisor to the United States Secretary of State.

Professor Oerther is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians (D.AAS), and he is Certified by the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professional (CEP). He regularly consults for industry (ARCADIS, CH2M, and others) and government (United Nations, World Bank, and others). Dan is a Jefferson Science Fellow of the U.S. National Academies, a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (F.AAN), and both a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (F.RSPH) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (F.RSA) in the United Kingdom where he is also registered as a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng, equivalent to BCEE), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (M.CIEH, equivalent to D.AAS), and as a Chartered Environmentalist (C.Env, equivalent to BCES).

Past Winners

2017 Hough, Merlyn
2016 Lue-Hing, Cecil
2015 Pope, Richard J.
2014 Reinhart, Debra
2013 Corneille, Richard W.
2012 Lippy, Stephen G.
2011 Tripp, Sandra L.
2010 Selna, Michael W.
2009 Graef, Stephen P.
2008 Flynn, Brian P.
2007 Dominy, Matthew
2006 Echelberger, Jr., Wayne F.
2005 Hickman, Jr., H. Lanier
2004 Williams, Robert C.
2003 Ryckman, DeVere W.
2002 Boyle, William C.
2001 Dee, William P.
2000 Willis, Charles A.
1999 Conway, Richard A.
1998 Velzy, Charles O.
1997 Meyer, Jr., Alvan F.
1996 Lagnese, Jr., Joseph F.
1995 Pohland, Fred G.
1994 Vicory, Alan H.
1993 Lederman, Peter B.
1992 Marini, Robert C.
1991 Busch, William H.
1990 Perry, Robert R.
1989 Guy, Jr., Louis L.
1988 Hesketh, Howard E.
1987 Graber, Ralph C.
1986 Coulter, James B.
1985 Snow, Donald L.
1984 Niles, Jr., Charles F.
1983 Palange, Ralph C.

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