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07-16-2003

Clarkson Professor Amy Zander Receives Award From American Society Of Civil Engineers

[A photographs of Zander for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/zander.jpg]

Clarkson University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Amy Zander of Madrid has received the 2003 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, a division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The annual award is given for the article that makes the most valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession.zander

Zander’s article, “Standardized Membrane Pore Size Characterization by Polyethylene Glycol Rejection,” was published in the May 2002 issue of the Journal of Environmental Engineering. Zander presents a method for standardizing the classification of pore sizes in drinking water treatment membranes. Two former Clarkson graduate students, Christopher T. Cleveland ’99 and Thomas F. Seacord ‘98, were responsible for some of the work cited in the paper, and are listed as co-authors.

Zander has been a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson since 1991. She was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and to full professor earlier this year. In 2000, she was named executive officer of the department.

Her research interests are in the areas of physical and chemical separations in environmental systems, especially drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies. Her work involves finding new solutions for safe drinking water and for minimal impact of water and wastewater treatment systems on the natural environment.  She specializes in membrane processes – both pressure-driven and concentration-driven—in environmental processes. 

Zander has published dozens of journal articles, written and co-written numerous book chapters, and delivered papers at some 50 professional and academic conferences throughout North America. She has managed research projects totaling over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation, the American Water Works Association Research Foundation and other funding agencies.

Zander’s other honors include the AEESP/McGraw Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science; Clarkson’s 1999 Distinguished Teaching Award; the 1997 John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award; the 1996 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award for the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education; the John Chester Brigham Service Award for Service to the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA); the 1994 NYWEA Membership Award; and Clarkson’s Outstanding Adviser. In 1997 she was named to the editorial advisory board of the Water Environment Research Journal.

She has served on the Arsenic Cost Working Group, a panel commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency to explore the costs, benefits and health effects of arsenic in drinking water. Zander was chosen for the 12-member group because of her research on arsenic in drinking water and her work with small drinking water treatment plants. In 2000, she was one of 20 individuals selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Women in Engineering Leadership Conference.

The ASCE is the country’s oldest engineering society. ASCE’s mission is to assist civil engineers, their careers, and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning and promoting the profession.
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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