ASCE Accords Tchobanoglous with the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture

January 30, 2015

George Tchobanoglous, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, NAE, is the recipient of the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture for his efforts as an educator, his research on wastewater treatment technologies, and his 500 technical publications, including 22 textbooks. He bridged the gap between academia and the real world of engineering. 

Professor emeritus in the University of California Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tchobanoglous has made significant contributions to the profession through his publication of 500 technical publications, among them 22 textbooks and 8 reference works. His books – including Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse; Water Quality: Characteristics, Modeling and Modification; Pumping Station Design; and Wastewater Engineering: Treatment And Reuse – are well known for successfully bridging the gap between academia and the day-to-day world of the engineer.

An international authority on wastewater treatment, management, and reuse, Tchobanoglous is widely recognized for promoting the use of new technologies in 4 key areas: the construction of wetlands for wastewater treatment, the application of alternative filtration technologies, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection for wastewater reuse applications, and decentralized wastewater management.

Past president of the Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors, his groundbreaking work on the use of aquatic plant systems for wastewater treatment led to the first national conference on this topic, back in 1979. As chair of the National Water Research Institute’s UV committee, he helped draft the first UV guidelines for water reuse.

His recognition as an expert on decentralized wastewater management systems led to his being drafted as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, where he has given more than 500 technical presentations, both in the United States and abroad.

Among his many honors and awards, Tchobanoglous received the Clarke Prize in 2003 from the National Water Research Institute, and the Distinguished Service Award for Research and Education in Integrated Waste Management in 2004 from the Waste-To-Energy Research and Technology Council. Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2005 and awarded the Frederick George Pohland Medal from the American Association of Engineering Educators and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors in 2007.

Wanting to encourage those following in his footsteps, Tchobanoglous and his wife, in 1999, established the George and Rosemary Tchobanoglous Graduate Fellowship, an endowed fund designed to recognize outstanding graduate students in environmental engineering.

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