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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:

Charles N. Hass, Ph.D.
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Drexel University
e-mail:; Tel: 215-895-2283

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

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Winner

2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Recipient

Susan J. Masten, Ph.D.

Susan Masten is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University.

Dr. Masten is an award-winning faculty member who has been part of the College of Engineering for more than 30 years. She has taught both civil and environmental engineering courses at both introductory and advanced levels. She is the associate chair for CEE undergraduate studies.

Her research involves the use of chemical oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals.

She served on Michigan's PFAS Scientific Advisory Committee, a science review panel that studied possible regulatory measures for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS or PFCs. She also has done extensive research on water quality in the City of Flint.

Dr. Masten has been the faculty advisor for the MSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA since the chapter's founding in 2004.

She is a past recipient of the Air and Waste Management Association Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award.

Dr. Masten earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University; her M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University; and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University.

Past Recipients

2019 Ergas, Sarina J.
2018 Valentine, Richard
2017 Mihelcic, James
2016 No recipient
2015 Nies, Larry
2014 Oerther, Daniel B.
2013 Novak, John T.
2012 Tchobanoglous, George

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