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Clarkson University's Edzwald to Receive Distinguished Educator Award

Clarkson University Professor and Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering James K. Edzwald has been chosen for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’ (AEESP) 2016 Charles R. O’Melia Distinguished Educator Award.

James K. EdzwaldThe award recognizes Edzwald for "his record of excellent teaching in the classroom and through graduate student advising; significant research achievements that have contributed to environmental engineering knowledge; and an outstanding record of influence through mentoring of former students and colleagues." It will be presented at an AEESP awards ceremony on September 26 in New Orleans.

Edzwald has served as professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson since September 2015. He was previously on the Clarkson faculty from 1974 to 1984. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), where he was professor of civil and environmental engineering from 1984-2006.

Edzwald specializes in environmental engineering, with research interests that include water supply, drinking water treatment, physical chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, and aquatic chemistry.

He has received five publication awards: the Samuel Arnold Greeley Publication Award from ASCE, the IAWPRC-Pergamon Publications Medal, the AEESP Outstanding Publication Award, the Dexter Brackett publication award of the New England Water Works Association in 2008 and 2015, and the Past President’s publication award of the New England Water Works Association.

In 1984, he was awarded the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by ASCE. Edzwald was elected in 1997 to the Society of Scholars at Johns Hopkins University. The Boston Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) selected him to deliver the 2002 Thomas R. Camp Lecture. In 2004, AWWA recognized his contributions in water supply research with the A. P. Black Research Award. In 2005, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina. Edzwald received the Founders’ Award from AEESP in 2009. He was also twice honored with teaching awards at UMass.

Edzwald serves on the editorial board and was past editor of the Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology (Aqua). He is the editor and author of two chapters of the 6th edition of Water Quality and Treatment: A Handbook on Drinking Water (2011) published by McGraw-Hill and AWWA, and an author of Dissolved Air Flotation for Water Clarification (2012) published by McGraw-Hill and AWWA. He is a member of AAEES, ASCE, AWWA, AEESP, IWA, and the NEWWA.

AEESP is made up of professors in academic programs throughout the world who provide education in the sciences and technologies of environmental protection. There are more than 800 members from universities throughout the world. The association assists its members in improving education and research programs, encourages graduate education, and serves the profession by providing information to government agencies and the public, and provides direct benefits to its members.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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