Panayiotis (Panos) Diplas, Ph.D., F.EWRI, F.ASCE, who throughout his career has taught courses in water resources engineering and pursued research in environmental, fluvial, and infrastructure hydraulics, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Following the completion of his Ph.D., Diplas spent a year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and 1.5 years at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, in Iowa City, IA, as postdoctoral fellow and research associate, respectively. From 1988 to 2013 he was on the faculty of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. During this time he founded the Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory, which he directed for 14 years.
Diplas joined Lehigh University in 2013 as the P.C. Rossin Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Additionally, he became the director of the Imbt Hydraulics Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility with the latest equipment and instrumentation for the study of a wide range of hydraulic engineering research topics, including river mechanics and morphology, scour around bridge piers and other hydraulic structures, stream restoration, wetland hydrodynamics, ecological hydraulics, floods and other extreme events, and marine hydrokinetic energy production.
He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech, the H.A. Einstein Award, and the Hilgard Hydraulic Prize. During the spring semester of 2007 he was the J.S. Braun Intertec Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota.
Diplas has served on the editorial board of many journals, including ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, and has been active on several EWRI, EMI, and ASCE technical committees. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute. He has published widely and his work has been cited extensively. He has given invited and keynote presentations at many universities and conferences in countries around the world.
He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Subsequently, he pursued graduate degrees in civil engineering at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory of the University of Minnesota.