Paul F. Boulos Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award*

*Formerly known as the Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

2019 Paul F. Boulos Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award Recipient: Dylan Wood, The Ohio State University

Advisor: Dr. Ethan Kubatko

Excellence in CHH Winner

Dylan Wood's academic career has revolved around the goal of pursuing a highly multidisciplinary skillset as often demanded of researchers in the field of computational hydrology.

In 2014, Dylan earned a B.S. in Physics from Austin Peay State University (APSU), where he also minored in computer science and mathematics. His independent research at APSU included developing software for atomic structure computations and initiating a near-space program for stratospheric observations by high altitude balloon.

Enrolling in a program specialized in computational science, Dylan subsequently began graduate studies at The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Mathematics in fall of 2014. He was awarded a Master's degree in 2016 for thesis research on time integration of unsteady convection-diffusion problems by implicit-explicit methods. This research was collaborative with Dr. Ethan Kubatko at OSU's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and ultimately led to Dylan joining this department as a Ph.D. student working on research in Dr. Kubatko's lab.

Accordingly, Dylan has pursued a diverse range of coursework at OSU, including work in both pure and applied mathematics, engineering (aerospace, civil, environmental, mechanical – all coursework related to hydrology or fluid dynamics), and computational science. His current research focuses on mitigation of flooding risks posed to coastal areas by tropical cyclones. Specifically, his work develops coupled storm surge/structural fragility models for forecasting of flood defense system failures during storm events.

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:

Ed Bouwer, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
e-mail:; Tel: 410-516-7437

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

Past Recipients





2018 Abokifa, Ahmed Pratim Biswas Washington University of St. Louis
2017 Zhang, Qian William P. Ball, Ph.D Johns Hopkins University
2016 Jefferson, Jennifer Reed Maxwell Colorado School of Mines
2015 Dale, Amy Elizabeth Casman and Gregory Lowry Carnegie Mellon University

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