ASCE has honored Pedro J. J. Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, NAE, with the 2021 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture for his extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most challenging environmental problems.
As an outstanding administrator/researcher/educator, Alvarez has made significant contributions to our professional society. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in environmental sustainability. His research focuses on bioremediation of contaminated aquifers, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, microbial-plant interactions, water treatment and reuse, and environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology. His publication record has been outstanding, with over 284 peer-reviewed journal publications, six books, 22 book chapters, four patents, and countless conference proceedings. He has given over 300 invited lectures and speeches around the world.
Alvarez has received numerous honors from national and international science and engineering societies, government and research organizations and NGOs. Moreover, he has been constantly involving himself in the activities of the professional organizations, such as being the program committee or section chair of many professional conferences, a board member of many advisory boards and a panelist on proposal or program review committees.
The Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture is awarded to a distinguished environmental engineer whom the ASCE Executive Director will invite to deliver a lecture at a given meeting of the Society.