Awards

The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) recognizes its members for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of groundwater, surface water, water quality, and institute development. These awards are named after prominent scientists and engineers, who have made numerous lasting contributions to the hydrologic sciences. AIH Awards include:

  • Charles V. Theis Award for Groundwater
  • Ray K. Linsley Award for Surface Water
  • Robert G. Wetzel Award for Water Quality
  • Founders Award for Institute Development

Nomination Criteria

The criteria for selecting an individual for an award includes, but is not limited to,

  1. A record of performance showing detailed scientific inquiries into water-related issues that are objective, credible, and useful -- such as the integration of physical properties and chemical and biological processes.
  2. The record should show significant contribution to understanding how the hydrologic cycle affects humankind and how humankind affects the hydrologic cycle.
  3. The record should show the ability of hydrology professionals with multiple perspectives of water as a resource. Careful analyses and critical research are central, but guidance for making the value judgments that are necessary to choose among competing demands for limited resources is also important. Water users, hydrologists, watershed scientists, engineers, and resource managers must often make value judgments to decide among possible management actions.
  4. Award winners should be distinguished for their continued efforts to extend multidisciplinary approaches in the solutions of water problems.

Nomination Process

Each year, the AIH Executive Board will notify its members about the deadline for submitting nominations. 

The nomination packet for each award should contain the following:

  1. A formal nomination letter by the nominator, outlining the education, career, and a record of performance detailing accomplishments and noteworthy impact achieved by the potential candidate.
  2. A current resume of the nominee.
  3. A minimum of two and maximum of four supporting letters with a limit of three pages each.

The supporting letter writers should state briefly how they know the nominee and describe why the nominee is deserving of the award. Please submit your nomination to [email protected] by Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Award winners will be notified and the awards will be presented at an upcoming conference to be determined later in the year.

Award Vetting Process and Rules

  1. An ad-hoc awards committee will be established each year to evaluate the nominations and make a recommendation to the Executive Board.
  2. Upon review, deliberation and decision of the ad-hoc committee, at most a single candidate is selected for each award, and forwarded to the Executive Board for discussion and approval.
  3. Should the Executive Board approve the nomination, the President is responsible for contacting the selected person and informing them of the award. The President shall convey the time and venue for the award ceremony.
  4. The President cannot serve on this ad-hoc committee and is ineligible for any of the awards.

Charles V. Theis Award

Charles V. Theis

The Charles Vernon (C.V.) Theis Award was established in 1986 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in groundwater hydrology. Charles V. Theis graduated with a PhD from the University of Cincinnati in June 1929 and made numerous contributions to the field of groundwater science throughout his life. An excellent biography of C.V. Theis' life and contribution to groundwater science is found online at http://www.olemiss.edu/sciencenet/saltnet/theisbio.html.

 

Ray K. Linsley Award

Ray K. Linsley

The Ray K. Linsley Award was established in 1986 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in surface water hydrology. Dr. Linsley made numerous contributions to surface water hydrology and was the principal author of the textbook, Applied Hydrology, published by McGraw-Hill in 1949. He directed the PhD dissertations of 35 students at Stanford University covering research on mechanics of overland flow, rainfall synthesis, stochastic hydrology, and modeling of the hydrologic cycle. These efforts led to the development of the Stanford Watershed Model, a state-of-the-art tool of hydrologists worldwide. Alexander Zaporozec and Robert L. Smith have also provided tributes to Dr. Linsley.

 

AIH Founders Award

AIH Founders: Sandor Csallany, Alex Zaporozec, and Roman Kanivetsky

The AIH Founders Award was established in 1990 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding, long-term, dedicated service to the Institute. It was established to honor the AIH founders Sandor Csallany, Alex Zaporozec, and Roman Kanivetsky. The award is given at the discretion of the AIH Executive Board to a member in good standing.

History of the American Institute of Hydrology by Csallany, Zaporozec, and Kanivetsky.

 

Robert G. Wetzel Award

Robert G. Wetzel

The AIH Wetzel award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of water quality. This award was dedicated in 2006 to the family of the late Robert G. Wetzel. Dr. Wetzel was a true leader in the field of freshwater science. His thoughts and brilliant synthesis of all aspects of lakes and streams are included in more than 30 books and 400+ publications including the definitive college text book of this field, Limnology.

 

Award Recipients

Year Charles V. Theis Award Ray K. Linsley Award AIH Founders Award Robert G. Wetzel Award 
1987   Roger J.M. DeWiest
Aalst, Belgium
             
1988   Isaac J. Winograd
Reston, Virginia
  Peter O. Wolf
London, England
         
1989   Thomas A. Prickett
Urbana, Illinois
  Luna B. Leopold
Berkeley, California
         
1990   Shlomo P. Neuman
Tucson, Arizona
Robert L. Smith
Lawrence, Kansas
       
1991   Herbert E. Skibitzke
Tempe, Arizona
David R. Dawdy
San Francisco, California
  Ralph C. Heath
Raleigh, North Carolina
   
1992   R. Allen Freeze
White Rock, Canada
  Norman H. Crawford
Redwood City, California
         
1993   Philip Cohen
Reston, Virginia
Wilfried H. Brutsaert
Ithaca, New York
       
1994   James W. Mercer
Sterling, Virginia
Joseph B. Franzini
Palo Alto, California
L. Douglas James
Arlington, Virginia
   
1995   A. Ivan Johnson
Arvada, Colorado
Vit Klemes
Victoria, Canada
John E. Moore
Denver, Colorado
   
1996   John M. Sharp, Jr.
Austin, Texas
Harold A. Thomas
Cape Code, Massachusetts
Joseph S. Rosenshein
Virginia Beach, Virginia
   
1997   William Back
Reston, Virginia
  L. Douglas James
Arlington, Virginia
  Kenneth N. Brooks
St. Paul, Minnesota
     
1998   Leonard F. Konikow
Reston, Virginia
  James C.I. Dooge
Ireland
  John M. Sharp, Jr.
Austin, Texas
     
1999   David Keith Todd
San Francisco, California
  Peter S. Eagleson
Cambridge, Massachusetts
  Brook A. Kraeger
Los Gatos, California
     
2000   Mary P. Anderson
Madison, Wisconsin
David Woolhiser
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Darryll T. Pederson
Lincoln, Nebraska
   
2001   Richard R. Parizek
University Park, Pennsylvania
John Cassidy
San Francisco, California
Verne H. Scott
Boulder, Colorado
   
2002   Lorne G. Everett
Santa Barbara, California
David H. Pilgrim
South Wales, Australia
Antonius Laenen
Portland, Oregon
   
2003   M. Doug Bedinger
Carlsborg, Washington
Stephen J. Burges
Seattle, Washington
Gerald E. Seaburn
Marietta, Georgia
   
2004   J. Toth
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
C. T. Tom Haan
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Helen Klose
Minneapolis, Minnesota
   
2006   Fred Molz
Clemson, South Carolina
Vijay P. Singh
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
         
2007   Phillip B. Bedient
Houston, Texas
Jack Delleur
West Lafayette, Indiana
    Robert H. Meade
Reston, Virginia
2008           Emitt Witt
Rolla, Missouri
   
2009           Vijay P. Singh
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
   
2010       Peter E. Black
Syracuse, New York
         
2011           Mustafa M. Aral
Atlanta, Georgia
   
2012       David R. Maidment
Austin, Texas
       

2017
 


Lynn Gelhar

 
Kenneth W. Potter
Madison, Wisconsin
 
David T. Williams
Fort Collins, Colorado
 
Jimmy Kao
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
 
2018       Dr. Thomas Dunne, Santa Barbara, California      

John R. Gray, Herndon, Virginia

 
2019   Bridget R. Scanlon, University of Texas  

Christopher B. Burke (CBBEL)

   Rao S. Govindaraju (Purdue University)  

Susan Hubbard (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

 
2020      

Dr. David Ford, HDR

  Greg Bevenger  

Dr. Mohamed Hantush, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

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