W. Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Fund

W. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr., Sc.D., P.E., BCEE
1926 to 2010

A man whose passion for his field was part of everything he did, W. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr.,was a pioneer in the field of wastewater treatment and an authority in industrial wastewater management.

Dubbed the "Godfather" of industrial wastewater management by colleagues and students, Wes' career began in 1952 when he joined the civil engineering department at Manhattan College. His teaching career spanned more than 30 years and included positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbuilt University. He was also the founder of several environmental engineering firms, received numerous awards from professional societies, and authored more than 30 books.

His contributions to industrial waste management included the development and application of activated sludge technology. In his honor, AAEES created the new category of Industrial Waste Practice as part of the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition.

To keep his name alive and his work a part of the field for many years to come, Wes' many students, colleagues, and friends have honored him by establishing the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Fund. Wes was involved in many aspects of environmental engineering and industrial waste management, and the Fund sponsors or co-sponsors several awards.


Awards Sponsored or Co-Sponsored by THE W. WESLEY ECKENFELDER MEMORIAL FUND

The W. Wesley Eckenfelder Outstanding Graduate Research Award

An award co-sponsored annually by HDR. The student recipient, selected by a joint committee of AEESP and AAEES, will receive a plaque, a $1,500 award, and a stipend to attend the AAEES E3S Awards Luncheon & Conference. The supporting professor will receive a plaque and recognition.

The W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal

An award co-sponsored by AquAeTer. Awarded annually to the Industrial Waste Practice Grand Prize winner of the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Competition.

The W. Wesley Eckenfelder Distinguished Leadership Award

Awarded with the cooperation of the WEF Industrial Waste Committee. This award will be given annually, and the Lecture presented in odd numbered years at the biennial WEF Industrial Wastewater Seminar Opening Ceremony, and in even-numbered years at a venue to be determined.

The W. Wesley Eckefelder University Lectures

Occasional lectures offered upon request from Universities. Refinery Water Engineering & Associates (RWE) is the coordinator for the delivery of the Lecture Series to select University locations. For information on sponsorship programs, please contact David Kujawski at: dk@refinerywater.info.

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