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Reckhow Wins the A.P. Black Research Award from the American Water Works Association

David Reckhow

David Reckhow

Professor David Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has won the 2019 A.P. Black Research Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The citation reads, in part, “Dr. Dave Reckhow has made significant contributions to the field of drinking water through his outstanding research that has helped to identify and understand the mechanism of formation of various halogenated and non-halogenated disinfection byproducts (DBPs).”

As the citation continues, “With over 100 significant journal papers published, Dr. Reckhow has made a major impact on water science during his 35-year academic career. Three of his papers were awarded best paper by the Journal of AWWA, and one was awarded best paper by the International Ozone Association.”

The citation adds that, in addition to his substantial research, Reckhow is an active participant in the water community, volunteering his time to develop workshops with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, AWWA, and the Water Research Foundation.

Past winners of the Black Award include luminaries such as Perry McCarty, Charlie O’Melia, Walter Weber, Phil Singer, and Des Lawler. 

“It is great to have Dave recognized in this group,” says CEE Department Head Richard Palmer. “Another winner is Francis DiGiano, who will be among our next group of inductees in our Academy of Distinguished Alumni.”

Among the many honors and awards won by Reckhow are the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Lester Gaynor Award, the Tufts University CEE Alumnus of the Year, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Outstanding Publication Award, and a UMass Conti Fellowship. He has been appointed a visiting professor at several international universities (Curtin University, Australia; Harbin Institute of Technology, China; Northeast Dianli University, China), and he has been selected as a UMass Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.

The Black award was established in 1967 in honor of Dr. A. P. Black to recognize his outstanding research contributions to water science and water supply rendered over an appreciable period of time. The award will be presented to Reckhow during the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition from June 9 to 12 in Denver, Colorado. (April 2019)