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Clarkson University Prof to Receive American Water Works Association Award

The American Water Works Association will honor Clarkson University Professor James K. Edzwald, chair of civil & environmental engineering, with the 2017 Abel Wolman Award of Excellence at the annual conference in June in Philadelphia, Pa.

James EdzwaldThe award recognizes Edzwald’s contributions to the field of physical and chemical water treatment and the protection of public health. His research on the control of carcinogens formed from disinfection processes has led to minimizing their levels in drinking water.

Edzwald's research also has shown how to remove effectively the protozoa pathogens of Giardia and Cryptosporidium. His fundamental research on dissolved air flotation to remove particles, algae and pathogens has led to widespread application of this process around the world. His two books, Water Quality & Treatment and Dissolved Air Flotation for Water Clarification are considered seminal contributions.

Edzwald was a professor at Clarkson in the 1970s and early 1980s when he developed the graduate environmental engineering program. Prior to his time at Clarkson, he held positions at the University of Missouri, the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration in Washington, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Washington Aqueduct Division.

From 1984 to 2006, he was a professor at the University of Massachusetts where he is currently a professor emeritus. He is a former president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and served on its board of directors.

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life.

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, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, 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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