Civil Engineering student receives dam safety scholarship

Vinoth Muthia, a senior in civil engineering and economics at Penn State, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the New Jersey-Pennsylvania Council for Safe Dams. He received the scholarship for his work in global development and social entrepreneurship.

Muthia is president and founder of the Global Water Brigade at Penn State and has worked on dam rehabilitation and hydropower retrofit design projects in Kenya and Honduras. He is also designing a business model to develop water resources in underdeveloped countries by partnering with domestic firms, host universities and local governments to assist villages in organizing municipal water authorities. 

Muthia interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and presented at Dam Safety 2008, an annual conference of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, on "Dam Risk Assessment in a Regulatory Environment."

He is an active member in the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), the United States Society on Dams and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Muthia will receive a travel stipend to attend Dam Safety 2010 held Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, in Hollywood, Fla.

The ASDSO Scholarship Program was established to award excellence in the study of civil engineering and related fields, and to make students more aware of dam safety as a career opportunity.

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Last Updated March 02, 2010