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Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education (E4S)

The E4S 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:

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:

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Winner

2021 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Recipient

Lynn E. Katz, Ph.D., P.E.

Lynn Katz is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the University of Texas-Austin.

She received her B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, M.S. degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, she was an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maine.

Her research and teaching focuses on reaction phenomena at interfaces for the development of treatment technologies for water and understanding the fate of contaminants in the environment. The utilization of fundamental knowledge to guide field application is one of her major research and teaching goals.

Dr. Katz has served as president of the Environmental Engineering Division of American Society of Environmental Engineering, Chair of the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, board member, treasurer and Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and president of the AEESP Foundation

Past Recipients

2020 Masten, Susan
2019 Ergas, Sarina J.
2018 Valentine, Richard
2017 Mihelcic, James
2016 No recipient
2015 Nies, Larry
2014 Oerther, Daniel B.
2013 Novak, John T.
2012 Tchobanoglous, George

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