ASCE has honored Mohammad Karamouz, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, with the 2018 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award for his original and outstanding contribution to hydraulics, irrigation and drainage, management, hydroelectric power, drought, and climate change in arid or semi-arid regions over a 30-year period of teaching, consulting, and research through his textbooks and technical presentations.
Karamouz has made significant contributions in the field of hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources through research, teaching, graduate student supervision, private consulting, and various scientific publications. He was the principal investigator of a $3.2 million international project in hydraulics (floodplain, reservoirs/dams, hydropower) and hydrological and water resources planning in arid and semi-arid regions of the Middle East, including Iran.
He has over 2,900 citations according to Google Scholars, and over 1,300 citations according to the Web of Knowledge/Science Citation of Journal articles. He was a visiting scholar at the NSF Center of Excellence for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas at the University of Arizona (2000-03). He has been a member of ASCE since 1982 and a Fellow since 1994.
Karamouz is a professional engineer in New York State and was the founding president of the Arch Construction Consulting Co. Inc., in Queens, NY, for 11 years. He worked as a professional engineer providing a wide range of water resources engineering / groundwater consulting services. In the summer of 2011, Karamouz was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, where he discussed steps New York City was undertaking in the face of Hurricane Irene and the infrastructure vulnerabilities that became apparent in 2012 during super-storm Sandy.
The Arid Land Hydraulic Engineering Award is given in recognition of original contributions in hydraulics, hydrology including climatology, planning, irrigation and drainage, hydroelectric power development, or navigation specially applicable to arid or semi-arid climates, or contributions to the understanding and development of new technology in river basins.