Frederick George Pohland Medal

2014 Frederick George Pohland Medal:
C. P. Leslie Grady, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

R. A. Bowen Professor Emeritus
Clemson University College of Engineering and Science

Prior to his retirement in 2003, Dr. Grady's major teaching and research interest was in biological process engineering. His interests ranged from mathematical modeling of biological processes to the biodegradation of synthetic organic chemicals. He was very interested in the application of molecular biology tools to the study of community structure and dynamics in biological processes. With his students he also investigated the regulation of catabolic enzymes for the biodegradation of aromatic compounds in alternating aerobic-anoxic environments. He and his students developed a variety of respirometric-based tests for the quantification of biodegradation kinetics. He is senior author of the textbook Biological Wastewater Treatment.

Although Dr. Grady's career focused on water pollution control, he has concluded that the greatest environmental challenge facing humankind is climate change. Consequently, since his retirement, he has studied the topic and frequently speaks about it.

Dr. Grady no longer teaches formal courses, but does participate in a number of seminars in EEES.

Past Winners

Previous distinguished recipients of this honor include:




H. David Stensel, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


Michael K. Stenstrom, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


John T. Novak, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


David W. Jenkins, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


Louis J. Thibodeaux, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


Makram Suidan, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


George Tchobanoglous, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


C. Herb Ward, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


Raymond C. Loehr, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE


R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

About the Frederick George Pohland Medal


The purpose of this award is to honor an individual who has made sustained and outstanding efforts to bridging environmental engineering research, education and practice.


A maximum of one award will be given annually. No award will be given when a worthy candidate is not identified.


Only members of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and/or the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) are eligible to receive this award. An individual may receive the award only once; previous winners are ineligible.

Nature of the Award

The award will consist of a medal (with the inscription, "For outstanding contributions to bridging environmental engineering research, education and practice", a $1000 cash award, and reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel expenses.

Nominating Procedure

Nominations must be made by members of AEESP and/or AAEES. Nomination packages should include: (1) a full curriculum vitae for the nominee; (2) a two-page cover letter from the nominator that highlights the nominee's contributions to bridging environmental engineering research, education and practice; and (3) at least two, but not more than five, additional letters of support from colleagues intimately familiar with the nominee's contributions to environmental engineering education. Supporting documentation is required at the time of nomination.

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Selection Committee

The selection committee shall consist of the five members of the AEESP Awards Committee, plus one representative of the Pohland family and two representatives of the AAEES. The representative of the Pohland family is to be selected by the Pohland family, and there is no limit to the length of the term served by the Pohland family representative. The representatives of the AAEES will serve three-year terms and will be selected by the AAEES.

AAEES and AEESP thank the Pohland family and other donors of the Frederick George Pohland Memorial Fund for their generosity in establishing this award.

Information on where to submit a nomination package can be found here:

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