Johnson chosen for 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –Peggy Johnson, professor of civil engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award offered by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The Hans Albert Einstein Award is given annually to a member of ASCE who has made a significant contribution to the engineering profession in the areas of erosion control, sedimentation and/or waterway development either in teaching, research, planning, design or management.

Johnson was recognized for her substantial contributions in the use of sediment transport for the evaluation and design of in-line control structures and stream restoration projects.

The committee noted that her work to lay the foundation for the use of uncertainty and risk management for scour analyses was of particular importance.

Johnson, who has been a member of ASCE since 1989, will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $1,000 during the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in West Palm Beach, Florida, May 22-26.  

 “I am extremely excited and honored to find out I’ve been chosen for this award,” Johnson said. “This is a really important award and a very high honor for me because I was nominated by my peers to recognize my contributions to the field.”

The Hans Albert Einstein Award was established by the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division (now the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute) and the Hydraulics Division (now the Environmental and Water Resources Institute) to honor Hans Albert Einstein for his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and his advancements in the areas of erosion control, sedimentation and alluvial waterways.

A member of the University faculty since 1996, Johnson focuses her research on bridge scour, river mechanics, stream stability, stream restoration, reliability analysis and open channel flow.

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Last Updated February 16, 2016