ASCE has honored Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, with the 2019 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.
Boulos is one of the world’s foremost experts in computational hydraulics and water resources and navigation engineering. As founder, president, and chief technical officer of Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, he leads the company’s team in developing and delivering advanced, powerful, and easy-to-use tools for water and wastewater engineering and management professionals worldwide. His programs have revolutionized the water infrastructure field, becoming industry standards. They are currently used by over 8,000 cities, utilities, and engineering firms, including 10 of the Top 10 ENR Water and Wastewater design firms, as well as educational institutions and U.S. military bases.
He has received technical awards for excellence in scholarship from ASCE, AWWA, and USEPA and was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the most prestigious honor the university gives to its alumni. He was given the Distinguished Alumni award by the Lebanese American University. He was also awarded Honorary Diplomate status (Hon.D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and Distinguished Diplomate status in Navigation Engineering (Dist.D.NE) by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), the top honors for both academies. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to the theory and practice of computational hydraulics simulation technology for water infrastructure.
Boulos is past president of AAWRE, and he serves on the Boards of Trustees of AAWRE and ACOPNE; MWH Global, one of the world’s leading environmental engineering firms; and Innovyze. He also serves on the Advisory Group for the NAE Center of Engineering, Ethics, and Society; the ASCE Industry Leaders Council; and the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. A prolific author, he has written nine authoritative textbooks and more than 200 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry.
In addition to his professional work, he is passionately committed to the welfare and education of young people, particularly in his native country of Lebanon and throughout the Middle East. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University and serves on the Board of Directors of AMIDEAST, a leading American nonprofit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. Boulos has endowed scholarships for excellence in civil engineering at the Lebanese American University and with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES).
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.