ASCE Awards the Rickey Medal to Abdel-Malek

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April 7, 2014

Abdel-Malek, Refaat 2Refaat Abid Abdel-Malek, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the Rickey Medal for outstanding contributions to hydroelectric engineering, leadership in the delivery of the world’s largest and most complex projects at their time of construction, and for steadfast commitment to the advancement of sustainability in global hydropower development. Former president of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), Abdel-Malek has over 40 years of experience in planning and designing projects for water, power, and land resources development in the U.S. and overseas. He has been instrumental in developing IHA’s Sustainable Protocol, a new tool that promotes the use of sustainable hydropower. Abdel-Malek joined the Harza Engineering Company in 1975 (which merged with Montgomery Watson in 2001 and later formed MWH Global in 2009). He served as its chief resident consultant and regional manager for 14 years in Venezuela, where he was responsible for the project management and design of large hydropower projects, including the 10,000-megawatt Guri Hydroelectric Project, the 2,548- megawatt Macagua II Hydroelectric Project, and the 2,256-megawatt Caruachi Hydroelectric Project.

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