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Clarkson Professor Amy Zander Is Recognized By National Peer Organization With Award

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Clarkson University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Amy Zander has been recognized by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) with a Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes Zander’s “outstanding service as secretary and board member.” She will officially receive the award at the 2005 AEESP Research and Education Conference “Pushing the Boundaries: Making research and education in environmental engineering and science count” to be held next summer in Potsdam. The national conference will be hosted by Clarkson in collaboration with Syracuse University. zander

Zander has been a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson since 1991. She was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and was named full professor in 2003.

Her research interests are in the areas of physical and chemical separations in environmental systems, especially drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies. Her work involves finding new solutions for safe drinking water and for minimal impact of water and wastewater treatment systems on the natural environment.  She specializes in membrane processes – both pressure-driven and concentration-driven − in environmental processes. 

Zander has published dozens of journal articles, written and co-written numerous book chapters, and delivered papers at some 50 professional and academic conferences throughout North America. She served on a National Research Council Committee, which produced the book “Confronting the Nation’s Water Problems: The Role of Research” that was published earlier this month.  She has managed research projects totaling over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, and other funding agencies.

Zander’s other honors include the 2003 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, a division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the AEESP/McGraw Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science; Clarkson’s 1999 Distinguished Teaching Award; the 1997 John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award; the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award for the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education; the John Chester Brigham Service Award for Service to the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA); the 1994 NYWEA Membership Award; and Clarkson’s Outstanding Adviser. In 1997 she was named to the editorial advisory board of the Water Environment Research Journal.

She has served on the Arsenic Cost Working Group, a panel commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency to explore the costs, benefits and health effects of arsenic in drinking water. Zander was chosen for the 12-member group because of her research on arsenic in drinking water and her work with small drinking water treatment plants. In 2000, she was one of 20 individuals selected to participate in the NSF’s Women in Engineering Leadership Conference.

Founded in 1963 as a private nonprofit organization, AEESP is made up of more than 700 professors in academic programs throughout the world who provide education in the sciences and technologies of environmental protection. The mission of AEESP is to assist its members in the development and dissemination of knowledge in environmental engineering and science, and seeks to strengthen and advance the environmental field through cooperation amongst academic and other communities.

For more information on the upcoming 2005 AEESP Research and Education Conference to be held on the Clarkson campus, visit the conference Web site at
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