ASCE has honored R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE, M.ASCE, as the recipient of the 2018 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture for his extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most challenging water quality problems.
Trussell is the founder of Trussell Technologies Inc. With over 40 years’ experience and more than 200 publications to his name, he is recognized worldwide as an authority in methods and criteria for water quality and in the development of advanced processes for treating water or wastewater to achieve the highest standards. He has worked on the process design for dozens of treatment plants, ranging from less than one to more than 900 mgd in capacity, and has experience with virtually every physiochemical process as well as most biological processes. Having a special interest in emerging water quality problems and reuse, he remains available to review and advise on even the most complex situations.
He served for over 10 years on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and on several committees for the National Academies, including as chair of their Water Science and Technology Board. For the International Water Association, he has served on the Scientific and Technical Council, the Editorial Boards, and the Program Committee.
Trussell received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is a registered civil and corrosion engineer in the State of California.
The 2018 Freese Lecture will be presented at the EWRI Congress next year.
The Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture is awarded to a distinguished environmental engineer whom the ASCE Executive Director will invite to deliver a lecture at a given meeting of the Society.