May 18, 2015

Dr. Gloyna lead this year’s AAWRE honorary inductees at the 11th annual AAWRE induction ceremony on May 18 in Austin, Texas, during the EWRI’s World Environmental & Water Resources Congress.  Part of the Academy’s program is to recognize outstanding achievements in water resources engineering and engineers.   As a result, the Academy created its highest honor- the Honorary Diplomate Water Resources Engineer.

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               Earnest Gloyna                                        George Pinder                                               Rao Surampalli                                              George Tsakiris

The Honorary Diplomate designation is bestowed by the Trustees on outstanding individuals who meets one or more of the following criteria: the individual has attained a position of eminence in the water resources engineering profession, they have made a singular noteworthy achievement or sustained noteworthy contributions to the advancement of water resources engineering profession, or they have rendered outstanding service over a sustained period of time to the work of the Academy.  To date, the AAWRE has bestowed the Honorary Diplomate to thirty-seven individuals.

Dr. Earnest Gloyna, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE is bestowed the Honorary Diplomate for his life’s achievement in engineering and service to our nation.  Dr. Earnest Gloyna is the Emeritus Professor, at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Gloyna has been at the University of Texas for over 50 years and he also is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Colonel.  He has consulted on over 150 international projects and work, industries, engineering and legal firms, cities, states, U.S. and International Governmental Agencies. 

Dr. Gloyna also served as an officer in an engineering battalion, charged with building air strips in World War II.  He fought on the beaches at Normandy, France on Omaha Beach during D-Day, the decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of World War II and participated in five other campaigns in WWII.

Dr. Gloyna's teaching, research, and professional leadership have touched a large number of students, educators, practicing engineers and decision makers throughout the world.  His multi-dimensional life has been documented in-depth by Dr. Davis L. Ford, P.E., in his book, “Reflections of a Soldier and Scholar: The Life of Earnest F. Gloyna”.

Dr. George Pinder, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE who was elected as an Honorary Diplomate in 2013 was formally recognized for his work and contributions in the academia as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a secondary appointment in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, VT. His principal area of scholarly activity is the development and application of applied mathematics, especially numerical mathematics to solve groundwater contamination and supply problems using computers.

Dr. Pinder is the Director of Research Center for Groundwater Remediation Design and he has served on numerous Editorial Boards and served as Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Water Resources and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations.  Dr. Pinder has served as: President, Hydrology Section of American Geophysical Union; President, International Society for Computational Methods in Engineering; Chairman, Groundwater Management Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers; and Chairman, Groundwater Council, Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

Dr. Rao Y. Surampalli, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE has a highly distinguished career over more than 35 years and is recognized worldwide as a key leader in environmental engineering.  He is recognized internationally for his environmental research contributions that are addressing key issues facing the nation and world.  He has coordinated major research efforts on 45 environmental engineering topics including on: production of bioplastics and biopesticides from biosolids; occurrence and fate of pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and endocrine disrupting chemicals in water and wastewater treatment processes; environmental risk of nanomaterials and nanotechnology; and greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

In his brilliant career, Dr. Surampalli has received numerous awards and honors including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “National Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award”, the ASCE “State- of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award,” “Rudolph Hering Medal”, “Wesley Horner Medal,” “Simon Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture,” “Samuel Arnold Greely Award” and the “Best Practice Oriented Paper Award,” for various research publications in applied research.  He received the “Founders Gold Medal” conferred by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 2001.

Dr. George Tsakiris, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, along with Professors J. Nemec, J. Kindler and M. Benedini, founded ECOWARM (European Committee of Water Resources Management) as a regional committee of the IAHS (International Association of Hydrological Sciences) which became an independent Association in 1992 as EWRA (European Water Resources Association).  He served EWRA as member of the Executive Committee and Secretary General. Since 2004, he is the President of EWRA reelected two times.

In 1987, George launched the journal Water Resources Management, as editor-in-chief, which is currently published by Springer in 15 issues per year, publishing about 400 articles per year.  He is also member of Editorial Board of several other journals.  In 2004 he founded the Centre for the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning as a multidisciplinary initiative of the NTUA incorporating 10 university laboratories.  He has published 6 Engineering books on Hydrology, Hydraulic Works, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering and Water Quality in Rivers.

>To view list of all AAWRE Honorary Diplomates