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.

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


E4S Winner

2022 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Recipient

Chad T. Jafvert, Ph.D., BCEEM

Chad Jafvert is the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of Environmental & Ecological Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  He has conducted research and taught undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue for over 30 years, where he is also a member of the University’s Teaching Academy, listed in the University’s Book of Great Teachers, and was honored with the Environmental and Ecological Engineering program’s Instructional Excellence Award on two occasions.  He is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) of AAEES, certified by eminence. 

In 2017, he won the AEESP Outstanding Publication Award along with his co-author, Richard Valentine.  He teaches water chemistry courses, water quality modeling courses; and over the past decade, a service learning course on drinking water treatment in under-developed areas around the global, with an outcome being the installation of point-of-use slow sand filters in Tanzania, Kenya, Western China, India, and in many rural elementary schools in Colombia. 

He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China where he has taught summer courses since 2011.  His research interests are broad and include: chemical and physico-chemical fate processes of anthropogenic substances in natural and engineered environments, remediation strategies for contaminated sediments; aquatic photochemistry of pollutants including carbon-based nanomaterials, real-time continuous water quality monitoring, and ion exchange processes on surfactant micelles and nanomaterials. 

He has supervised 19 completed Ph.D. and 10 thesis M.S. students, with 11 of his former Ph.D. students holding faculty positions at universities in the U.S., Taiwan, South Korea, Panama, Guam, Indonesia, and China.


Past Recipients

Year

Recipient

2021

Katz, Lynn

2020

Masten, Susan

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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