Professor John E. Tobiason, P.E., the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, has won the esteemed 2021 Gordon Maskew Fair Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Tobiason was nominated for the award in 2020 by CEE Emeritus Professor James Edzwald.
Through its Fair Award, the AAEES seeks to identify board-certified environmental engineers, members, or scientists who have contributed to the status of the environmental engineering or science professions by: exemplary professional conduct; recognized achievements in the practice of environmental engineering and science; or significant contributions to the control of the quality of the world's environment.
Tobiason has been at UMass Amherst since 1987. He has over 40 years of research, teaching, and consulting experience in environmental engineering, mostly related to drinking water supply, treatment, and distribution. His research focuses on coagulation, oxidation, dissolved air flotation, media and membrane filtration, and other physicochemical processes for drinking water treatment.
Tobiason is a past president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and past chair of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Science Research Division board of trustees. He is also a past member of the editorial board for the Journal AWWA.
In addition, Tobiason is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire and is a board-certified environmental engineer by the AAEES.
In 2019, Tobiason was honored with the AEESP Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award and the UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award. Tobiason became a Fellow of AEESP in 2020 and currently serves on the AAEES board of trustees as a liaison with AWWA.
Tobiason earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then worked as a consulting engineer from 1979 to 1983 and earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1987. (October 2021)