W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award

2018 Recipient: Andrew Pfluger

Faculty Advisors: Junko Munakata-Marr and Linda Figueroa

Eckenfelder Graduate Research

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Pfluger, U.S. Army, is an active duty officer and a Ph.D. candidate at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Andrew's research interests revolve around microorganisms in engineered environmental systems, including biological wastewater treatment. His doctoral research has centered on the characterization of anaerobic bioreactors for treatment of domestic wastewater.

Upon graduation from Mines in the summer of 2018, Andrew will serve as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science. Andrew previously served as a rotating faculty member at USMA in the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering from 2010 to 2013.

Andrew earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from USMA and a M.S. and Engineer Degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. Andrew is also a licensed PE in the state of Delaware.


Past Recipients

Year

Recipient

Advisor

2017

No recipient

2016

Dr. Matthew Verbyla

2015

Bryan D. Coday

Tzahi Cath, Colorado School of Mines

2014

Maureen Kinyua

Sarina Ergas, University of South Florida

2013

Roland Cusick

Bruce Logan, Pennsylvania State University

2012

Xie He

Francois de los Reyes, North Carolina State University


This award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or environmental science graduate student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of wastewater management. The award selection will be based on original, innovative research of publishable quality and other factors as provided below.

Both Master’s and Ph.D. students are eligible. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash honorarium of $1,500.00 for the student and a plaque for the faculty advisor. A $500.00 travel allotment to student recipients who attend the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science awards ceremony will also be provided. This award selection committee is administered jointly by AEESP and AAEES, and is co-sponsored by HDR. Eligible applicants will be judged based on academic program performance (45%), professional or community service (15%), project significance (25%), purpose and goals (10%), and any other evidence provided (5%). An applicant remains eligible up to one calendar year following graduation and receipt of the degree earned.

Electronic nomination packages should include: (1) A letter from the faculty advisor of the applicant, 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) Two academic letters of recommendation, detailing the contributions of the research to the profession, (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: tobiason@umass.edu; Tel: 413-545-5397

Professor Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr. is considered the “godfather” of industrial wastewater management. He was a great colleague and mentor to numerous practitioners, professors, and students. His prolific contributions to the environmental engineering discipline included writing over thirty books, serving as a principal in several environmental engineering firms, and receiving twenty-eight awards from a wide range of professional societies. In addition, Dr. Eckenfelder was an accomplished professor with a teaching career that included positions at Manhattan College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University. He was known internationally as an early developer and innovator of biological treatment technology that is now considered a standard skill employed by practicing professionals, worldwide.

Information on where to submit a nomination package can be found here: http://www.aeesp.org/awards/eckenfelder-graduate-research.

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