Professor honored for landmark environmental paper

Brian Dempsey, professor of civil engineering, was recognized on July 29 by an environmental engineering faculty group for a milestone research paper he co-authored.

The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) awarded Dempsey and his co-authors its Outstanding Publications Award for their paper titled "The Coagulation of Humic Substances by Means of Aluminum Salts" at its annual conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

According to AEESP, the award recognizes the authors of a landmark environmental engineering paper that has withstood the test of time and significantly influenced the practice of environmental engineering.

The paper, published in 1984 in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, was co-written with Rui Ganho of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal and Charles O'Melia at the Johns Hopkins University.

The paper's importance centers on how coagulants are used to treat water and its impact on researchers, chemical manufacturers, consultants and water utility professionals in understanding the underlying mechanisms in removing natural organic materials in water treatment.

The Journal of the American Waters Works Association named the team's work its Outstanding Paper for 1984.

Dempsey is an expert in water treatment and a leader in developing new chemicals and improved processes for water treatment. He has served on the board of AEESP, chaired various AEESP committees and received two Outstanding Service Awards from the group.

AEESP has more than 900 faculty members representing major U.S. academic programs in environmental sciences and engineering.

 

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Last Updated August 11, 2009