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Paola Passalacqua – AEESP Outstanding Teaching Award

 Paola Passalacqua standing in field next to lake

Aug.12, 2016

Assistant Professor Paola Passalacqua has been selected to receive the 2016 Association of Environmental Engineering & Science (AEESP) Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science.

This nationally recognized award within the environmental engineering and science profession is given annually to honor a faculty member (typically early-career faculty) who has made substantive contributions toward excellence in classroom performance and related activities, both at the individual's home institution and beyond.

Award winners demonstrate extensive knowledge of subject area, commitment to professional mentoring and inventiveness in design of classroom and field activities that motivate and challenge students.

“I’m very honored to receive this award and thankful to the colleagues and students who have supported my nomination and who have given me feedback," said Passalacqua. "Teaching gives me the opportunity to interact with students, improving me as a person, a teacher, and a researcher.”

Passalacqua’s research interests lie at the intersection of water resources engineering, hydrologic sciences, and geomorphology. The goal of her program is to advance our understanding of how topographic patterns arise, evolve, and interact with climate and ecosystems, in order to improve predictions of the response of the Earth-surface to disturbance and change and develop sustainable management solutions. Her research group merges the analysis of remote sensing data (high resolution topographic data – LIDAR Light Detection and Ranging - and satellite images), numerical modeling, statistical analysis, and field work.

She will receive the award at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference on Sept. 26 in New Orleans, LA.