ASCE honored Hugo A. Loaiciga, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE with the 2016 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award for his substantial contributions to the advancement of arid-lands hydrologic research in areas including stochastic hydrology, global-scale hydrological processes, and regional hydrogeology.
For three decades, Loaiciga has contributed to the advancement of arid-lands hydrologic research. His work on the operation of reservoir systems, drought analysis, and climate variability and change effects on regional aquifers has received wide acclaim.
Loaiciga is professor of geography in the Department of Geography at University of California, Santa Barbara. Since obtaining a doctorate in hydrology and water resources in 1986 from University of California at Davis, he has made contributions in the water resources area, specifically in the arid lands hydraulic and hydrologic engineering fields.
The Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award is given in recognition of original contributions in hydraulics, hydrology including climatology, planning, irrigation and drainage, hydroelectric power development, navigation specially applicable to arid or semi-arid climates or contributions to the understanding and development of new technology in river basins.