May 3, 2021

AAWRE proudly announce Dr. Ed McBean, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E., D.WRE, F.CSCE, F.IAH, F. AGGS, F.CAE, F.EIC as the recipient of the AAWRE 2021 Outstanding Research & Innovation Award, for his outstanding research, work, innovation and education that impacts water security.  Dr. McBean is recognized for his groundbreaking work to incorporate pertinent aspects of risk, into the array of dimensions of water security; for developing transformative mathematical models to provide basis for groundwater cleanup of carcinogenic chemicals in groundwater and soil horizons; strategies to improve decision-making in acid rain abatement; Innovation in the modeling of Leachate Collection Systems used to protect groundwater systems; incorporating data mining and artificial intelligence (AI) into engineering practice; and educating students to pursue research that will translate to having significant impact on water security issues.

The AAWRE Outstanding Research & Innovation Award was established in 2018 to recognize excellence in significant academic contributions in one or more of the following: impact of the research on society and academe in the disciplines of water resources engineering; national and international recognition; and scholarships.

Dr. McBean stated, "Water security issues are going to be some of the most important issues influencing world survival in the 21st century. Given the importance of water security issues, it is a privilege for me to both love what I do, and work on finding pathways forward to improve water security.

Over my career, I have had the privilege to work with many excellent people. The value of our collective water expertise is immense and to all I indicate, “no pressure, we just have to save the world” and I’m serious about this. For these reasons, I find myself very fortunate as well as humbled, to be selected by the excellent professionals within the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, to be the recipient of this outstanding research and innovation award.  Working together, we can make a difference."

Dr. Ed McBean is a professor of Water Resources, School of Engineering and University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair Professor, Water Security, in Ontario.  An expert researcher in the fields of environmental engineering, risk assessment and interpretation of statistics, Dr. McBean has used his knowledge to improve engineering practice in both the developed and the developing world.

Dr. McBean’s research involves assessing water supply systems and helping decision makers find ways to make those systems safer in Canada and abroad.  His work has been instrumental in evolving the modeling of the fate and transport of contaminants as they move through the environment, which has led to applications to treat leachates from solid waste landfills and mitigate contaminated groundwater, helping to ensure the safety of our water supply and the environment.

Dr. McBean has worked in more than 60 countries and his association with experts at the World Bank and United Nations brings insights into planning and design for both developed and undeveloped nations. He also contributed to the firm Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, where he was a Partner, Vice-President and President of CRA Engineering.

In his career, Dr. McBean has been an educator of engineering students during his 20 years as a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, and now, for the last eighteen years, as Canada Research Chair in Water Supply Security at the University of Guelph. He has received numerous notable awards in his career which include the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers' Camille A. Dagenais Award for outstanding contributions to the development and practice of hydrotechnical engineering in Canada; Research and Development Medal from the Professional Engineers of Ontario and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers; and K. Y. Lo Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada for significant contributions at the international level and demonstrating to the world, Canadian expertise in water security.  Ed is a graduate of The University of British Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technoloy.

Dr. McBean will be recognized during the AAWRE 2021 virtual Diplomate Induction & Awards Ceremony on June 8, 2021, scheduled during the week of the EWRI Congress.

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