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Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize awarded to Karl Linden

Karl Linden has been selected to receive the Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize.

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Karl Linden (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Karl Linden has been selected to receive the Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize. Linden is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Receiving the Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize is a tremendous honor that serves to recognize a professional whose accomplishments in the water or wastewater treatment fields have been particularly influential. Linden will accept the Prize at the 25th triennial Borchardt Conference on February 25-26, 2020, where he will also give a lecture on “Mixing electricity and water: The evolving role of light in water treatment.”

Dr. Linden’s research investigates novel water and wastewater treatment systems, including advanced and innovative UV systems; the efficacy of UV and ozone disinfection for inactivation of pathogens; the use of UV and advanced oxidation processes for the degradation of organic and other emerging contaminants in water and wastewater; and sustainable implementation of water and sanitation technologies in developing countries. He is Director of the CU Boulder College of Engineering Water-Energy Nexus Interdisciplinary Research Theme, has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications, and currently serves as President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). 

The Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize selection committee used five criteria to evaluate the candidates, including their overall record of accomplishments, their role in developing innovative technologies, their potential for continued contributions to the field, the quality of nomination and supporting documents, and the added leadership and prestige to the Borchardt Conference.

This prize consists of a $10,000 cash award and reimbursement for travel to attend the Borchardt Conference. It was recently established through a generous gift by Tom (BSE CE ’60, MSE ’61) and Greta Newhof to the College of Engineering of the University of Michigan. The donors chose to recognize Professors Borchardt and Glysson by selecting the name of the prize.

Jack A Borchardt (1916-1987) was a Professor of Civil and Sanitary Engineering at U-M from 1948 until his retirement in 1982. He devoted his life to his students, to the university, and his profession of sanitary engineering. Professor Borchardt was a devoted educator, a technical innovator in the water and wastewater treatment field and a promoter of public health.

Eugene A. Glysson (1926-2014) was a professor in the U-M Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for over 40 years. He performed research and taught classes in solid-waste management and water and wastewater engineering. He was known for his devotion to students, the engineering profession and community service including Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society.

The University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association; the Michigan Water Environment Association; and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy are proud to co-sponsor the Borchardt Conference. A diverse group of scientists, engineers, and students will present their work with an emphasis on applied research and real life experiences in water engineering. Conference registration is now open.


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