Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education (E4)

The E4 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.

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Winner

2017 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Recipient

James H. Mihelcic, Ph.D., BCEEM

James R. Mihelcic is the Samuel L. and Julia M. Flom Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida (Tampa). He is also the Director of the International Development Engineering Program and the National Research Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management.

Dr. Mihelcic is internationally recognized for leading efforts to integrate concepts of sustainability and global awareness into education, practice, and research on management of water and wastewater. He has also trained many engineers who work to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) to developing world communities.

Dr. Mihelcic is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) and a Fellow with the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). He is a past president and Board Member of AEESP, a past Board Trustee with AAEES, and recently completed a second term serving on EPA's Chartered Science Advisory Board. He is lead author for several widely adopted engineering textbooks: Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (John Wiley & Sons); Field Guide in Environmental Engineering for Development Workers: Water, Sanitation, Indoor Air (ASCE Press); and, Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design (John Wiley & Sons). He also led development of a paper recently published in Environmental Engineering Science on the future role that environmental engineering can have to achieve sustainability in developing regions that supports the National Academies Committee on Grand Challenges in Environmental Engineering and Science for the 21st Century.

Past Recipients




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Dr. Larry Nies


Dr. Daniel B. Oerther


Dr. John T. Novak


Dr. George Tchobanoglous

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