Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

This award is given annually to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of in the area of Computational Hydraulics & Hydrology. The award selection will be based on original, innovative research of publishable quality and other factors listed below. Both Master's and Ph.D. students are eligible.

The award will consist of a plaque and a cash honorarium of $1,500 for the student and a plaque and cash honorarium of $500 for the major faculty advisor. A $500 travel allotment is provided to the student recipient to attend the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon. The award selection is administered jointly by a committee consisting of equal numbers of AAEES and AEESP members. The award is co-sponsored by Innovyze, the global leader in smart wet infrastructure modeling and management tools.

Eligible applicants will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. academic program performance (35%),
  2. research accomplishment (35%),
  3. professional or community service (15%),
  4. purpose and goals (10%), and
  5. any other evidence provided (5%).

An applicant remains eligible up to one calendar year following graduation and receipt of the degree earned.

Complete nomination packages should include:

  1. Academic letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor of the applicant detailing the contributions of the research to the profession and also indicating that the applicant has completed all substantive requirements for the graduate degree sought, and has earned a minimum GPA of 3.3/4 in the current program,
  2. One additional academic letter of recommendation,
  3. Copy of a publication (or manuscript submitted for publication) derived from the subject research for which the applicant is the first author – 25 page limit,
  4. A professional resume of the student applicant, listing all professional affiliations, publications, honors, service, and relevant experience, and
  5. An applicant prepared statement of professional purpose in pursuing the graduate degree and goals for the first five years of professional practice – (limit 500 words).

Questions may be directed to the chair of the AAEES Foundation Awards Committee:

John E. Tobiason, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
e-mail:; Tel: 413-545-5397

Information on where to submit a nomination package can be found here:

Innovyze Excellence Winner

2016 Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

Jennifer Jefferson

Advisor: Dr. Reed Maxwell

Ms. Jennifer Jefferson is a PhD student majoring in Hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines, working under the supervision of Dr. Reed Maxwell. She expects to graduate in 2016. She has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. Her research interests are modeling the impact of land surface disturbances on hydrological processes. Her research has focused on ParFlow.CLM, a parallel coupled terrestrial hydrology simulation platform; she is studying the sensitivity of these types of models using high resolution simulations running on supercomputing platforms. Jennifer is author of several high impact peer reviewed journal articles. Her nomination package included a manuscript titled "Active Subspaces for Sensitivity Analysis and Dimension Reduction of an Integrated Hydrologic Model" that was published in Computers & Geosciences. That paper has advanced efforts to utilize integrated hydrologic models that are coupled to land surface models. Her research contributions are important because energy transfer into and out of the land surface is a primary driver of climate and weather patterns.

Jennifer is a professionally registered engineer in Wisconsin and has served as president of the Colorado School of Mines's Hydrologic Science and Engineering Club and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Women Engineers, and American Society of Civil Engineers. In her nomination package, Jennifer stated that her research has demonstrated that advancing science in her area requires effective collaboration and communication between modelers, mathematicians, engineers and hydrologists.

Past Recipients





Amy Dale

Carnegie Mellon University

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