ASCE has honored Keith W. Hipel, Ph.D., P.Eng., Dr.HC, Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE, with the 2018 Ven Te Chow Award for his pioneering contributions in environmental impact assessment, simulation, forecasting, and the Hurst phenomenon in stochastic hydrology and in conflict resolution, water resources management, and fair water allocation for making informed hydrological decisions from a system-of-systems perspective.
Hipel, NAE, is recommended for the award for prolific, innovative scholarship in hydrologic, water, and environmental systems engineering; seminal contributions to engineering practice; cultivation of rigor, communication, and professionalism at all levels; tireless and generous mentorship of students and colleagues; and unwavering dedication to ethics and diversity in the profession.
He is currently a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, and is globally renowned for his interdisciplinary research in systems engineering. He is an author of more than 300 journal papers, 240 conference papers, four books, 12 edited books, 20 book chapters, and 13 encyclopedia or yearbook articles. He has served as a major professor for 35 doctoral students, 47 master students, and several postdoctoral and visiting scholars. In addition, he has an outstanding professional service record, including on the editorial boards of 21 journals, and has contributed to several international professional societies. He is the recipient of 55 academic and professional national and international awards.
Hipel is a fellow of several prestigious societies, among them the Royal Society of Canada, EIC, CASE, ASCE, and IEEE. He received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1970, M.S. in systems design in 1972, and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1975 from the University of Waterloo.
Established in 1995, the Ven Te Chow Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering have been distinguished by exceptional achievement and significant contributions in research, education, or practice.