Faculty Awards

Since its inception in 1965, our department has had several distinguished achievements to its credit, including four National Academy of Engineering members (all currently Emeriti faculty), one UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, seven NSF CAREER awards, six Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards, three Distinguished Public Service Awards, three College of Engineering Alumni Distinguished Teaching Awards, the ASCE Newmark Medal, the ASCE Julian Hinds Award, the ASCE Ven Te Chow Award, the Heinz Award and the Stockholm Water Prize. As many as twenty of our faculty members serve on the editorial boards of over 35 different international journals with four of them having served or currently serving as editor-in-chief. The CEE faculty also has an outstanding tradition of service to the campus, the profession and society.

John E. Bolander, Professor
2011 Fulbright Specialist, sponsored by US Department of State
2008 JSPS Short-Term Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan, Japan Society for
the Promotion of Science
2006 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis
1997 JSPS Short-Term Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan, Japan Society for
the Promotion of Science (US NSF co-reviewed)
1990 Kajima Science Foundation Fellowship Award for Foreign Researchers

Fabian Bombardelli, Associate Professor
2012 Outstanding Reviewer recognition, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE
2009-2010 Journal of Hydraulic Research Best Reviewer Award, IAHR for the years
2003 Finalist Award in the 11th Student Technical Paper Competition, ASME Pressure
Vessels and Piping Conference, Cleveland, OH, ASME International
2003 First Prize (Best Paper) in the Student Technical Paper Competition for the World
Water & Environmental Resources Congress, Philadelphia, PA, EWRI/ASCE
2001 Glenn and Helen Stout Water Resources Research Award, UIUC

Ross W. Boulanger, Professor
2009 Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2005 Outstanding Paper Award, United States Society on Dams (USSD)
2002 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE
2001 Shamsher Prakash Research Award, SP Foundation
1998 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE
1995 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Chris Cappa, Professor
2005 ACCESS Participant, Gordon Research Conferences
2004 Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellowship in Residence, Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory
2001-2004 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship,
Department of Defense
2001 Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center Fellowship, UCB
2000 AMS/DOE ARM Program Graduate Fellowship, American Meteorological

Rob Y.H. Chai, Professor
1997 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis
1996 Research Fellowship, Science and Technology Agency of Japan
1991 Transportation Research Board’s K. B. Woods Award
1990 Best Paper Award – 3rd Int. Conf. on Short & Medium Span Bridges

Lijuan (Dawn) Cheng, Associate Professor
2014 Adviser of Excellence, 2014-2015, Theta Tau, UC Davis Student Chapter
2011 Adviser of Excellence, 2011-2012, Theta Tau, UC Davis Student Chapter
2008 Hellman Fellow Award, 2008-2009, UC Davis
2007 PCA Continuing Education Units Award, the Engineering and Economics of
Reinforced Concrete Buildings, Design of Concrete Bridges by the AASHTO
LRFD Specifications, Skokie, IL, Portland Cement Association
2006 Outstanding Alumni, Department of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego
2006 ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
2004 Simon Wong Graduate Research Award, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
2002 Graduate Research Award, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego

Yannis F. Dafalias, Distinguished Professor
2016 Fellow of ASCE
2015 Best paper prize published in 2014 in Acta Geotechnica
2014 Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE
2014  Osterberg Lecture, Northwestern University
2012 Norman Medal, ASCE
2012 Nathan M. Newmark Medal, EMI and SEI of ASCE.
2012 Raymond D. Mindlin Lecture, Columbia University, EMI and ASCE
2012 FP7_IDEAS Advanced Grant Award from ERC
2005 Symposium honoring Y. F. Dafalias Eng. Mech., ASCE, Baton Rouge.
1991 Foreign Researcher Shield Plate, Japanese Soc. Soil Mech. and Found. Engn.
1987  Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE.

Jeannie L. Darby, Professor
2011 Water Environment Federation William W. Edgar Pioneer Award, UV Disinfection
2010 University of Texas CAEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni
2005-10 Gerald T. and Lillian P. Orlob Professor of Water Resources Engineering
2004 College of Engineering, Outstanding Teaching Award
2001 Nat’l Soc. of Professional Engineers, Engineering Education Excellence Award
2001 American Society of Engineering Education, Sharon Keillor Award
1996-97 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

Jason DeJong, Professor
2011 Shamsher Prakash Research Award, Prakash Foundation
2007 Casagrande Professional Development Award, American Soc. of Civil Engineers
2003 International Hogentogler Award, American Society for Testing and Materials
2003 Lilly Teaching Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Yueyue Fan, Associate Professor
Best young author paper award at the 2nd World Congress of Young Scientists on
Hydrogen Energy Systems (Z. Lin, C.W. Chen, J. Ogden, Y. Fan, The Least-cost
Hydrogen for Southern California, Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Vol. 33, PP. 3009-3014,

John Harvey, Professor
1990 – 92 US Department of Transportation Fellowship
2008 Certificate of Appreciation from Director of California Department of
Transportation for Rapid Rehab development and IRF award.
2001 Marlin J. Knutson Technical Achievement Award. California I-10
Reconstruction Team, American Concrete Paving Association
2000 Special Recognition; To Longer Life Asphalt Pavement Task Group
1998 Certificate of Special Recognition, California Department of
Transportation, Maintenance Program.

Boris Jeremic, Professor
2013 Invited Semi–Plenary Speaker, 4th International Conference on Computational
Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Kos, Greece
2010 Invited Keynote Speaker, OECD-NEA-IAGE-ISSC Workshop on on SSI for NPPs,
Ottawa, Canada
2009 Invited Semi–Plenary Speaker, 2nd International Conference on Computational
Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Rhodes, Greece.

Amit Kanvide, Professor
2008 Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers
2003 Best graduate student paper award, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
1999 John A Blume Fellowship at Stanford University

M. Levent Kavvas, Distinguished Professor
2015 International Award from The Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources
2014 The Advisory Committee Climate Services Award from CA DWR, November, 2014
2014 Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis, July 2014-
Gerald and Lillian Orlob Endowed Chair Professor of Water Resources Engineering
2009 ASCE Ven Te Chow Award (The highest honor that can be bestowed by American Society of Civil Engineers to a Hydrologic Engineer)
2009 Ven Te Chow Award Lecturer, ASCE
2008 ASCE Fellow
2006 ASCE/EWRI JHE Best paper award
2001 ASCE Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award
1999 ASCE Richard Torrens Award
Listed in American Men and Women of Science

Alissa Kendall, Associate Professor
2005 3M Industrial Ecology Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2009 UC Davis Hellman Fellow, Hellman Family Foundation

Michael J. Kleeman, Professor
2009 Scientific and Technological Achievement Award Level III, United States
Environmental Protection Agency
2007 Silver Superior Accomplishment Award, California Air Resources Board

Sashi K. Kunnath, Professor
2009 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
2009 Richard R. Torrens Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
2008 Raymond Reese Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers
2007 Fellow, American Concrete Institute
2001 Structural Research Award, American Concrete Institute

Bruce L. Kutter, Professor
2010 Overseas Fellow, Churchill College Cambridge
2010 Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering,
2008 Keynote Lecture: 4th (GEESD) conference, sponsored by ASCE’s Geo-institute.
2006 Keynote Lecture: Int. Conf. On Physical Modeling In Geotechnics, Hong Kong.
2006 Norman Medal: for a paper worthy of special commendation for its merit as a
contribution to engineering science, ASCE.
1998 Keynote Lecture: Int. Conf. On Centrifuge Modeling, Centrifuge 98, Tokyo.
1995 Technical Editors Award: Dynamic Geotechnical Testing II, ASTM STP 1213.
1995 State-Of-The-Art Lecture: 3rd Int. Conf. On Recent Advances In Geotechnical
Earthquake Engineering And Soil Dynamics, St. Louis, MO.
1992: Hogentogler Award: for Outstanding Paper On Soil Or Rock, ASTM

Frank J. Loge, Professor
2001 NSF Career Award
2007 People Prosperity and Planet (P3) Award: National Student Design Competition
for Sustainability-Natural Plastic in Wastewater Treatment-Phase I. Faculty
Advisor of a student group composed of 5 undergraduate students.
2007 People Prosperity and Planet (P3) Award: National Student Design Competition
for Sustainability-Enhanced Biological Phosphorous Removal-Phase I. Faculty
Advisor of a student group composed of 6 undergraduate students.
2008 People Prosperity and Planet (P3) Award: National Student Design Competition
for Sustainability-Commercialization of Natural Plastic in Wastewater Treatment
Phase II. Faculty Advisor of a student group composed of 5 undergraduate

Jay R. Lund, Professor
2011 Julian Hinds Award, American Society of Civil Engineers/EWRI
2010 Editor’s Choice Award, Water Resources Research, 2010
2008 Hugo B. Fischer Award, California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum
2007 ASCE/EWRI Planning and Management Council Service to the Profession Award
2006 William R. Boggess Best Paper Award, J. American Water Resources Association
2006 Outstanding service award for California Water & Environmental Model Forum
2005 George E. Brown Award for Best Collaborative Proposal, UCMEXUS
2004 Journal of Environmental Engineering Editor’s Award for Service
2002 International Water Academy, Member, #143

Brian H. Maroney, Assistant Adjunct Professor
2006 Superior Accomplish Award from California Department of Transportation
2003 James E. Roberts Award, Outstanding Structures Engineer in Transportation
2001 PECG Professional Achievement Award
1991 ASCE Edmund Friedman Award
1991 ASCE Young Civil Engineer in Government Award, Zone IV
1990 ASCE Outstanding Award from CA Highway Patrol for Providing Assistance to
Trapped and Injured Persons Following the Loma Prieta Earthquake

Mark Modera, Professor
2012 Fellow, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
2009 Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency
2008 Sempra Energy Distinguished Scholar in Energy Efficiency
2003 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Technology Transfer Award
2000 DOE Energy100 Award
2000 DOE Energy@23 Award

Deb A. Niemeier, Professor
2015 Guggenheim Fellow
2014 AAAS Fellow
2007 Patent: A Microfabricated Ionizer Structure Based on Unipolar Corona Discharge
2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Award
200-2005 Chancellor’s Fellow
1997 National Science Foundation, CAREER Award
1997 Outstanding Mentor Award, UC Davis Consortium for Res. for Women
1995 Outstanding Faculty Advisor, UC Davis, College of Engineering
1993 ENO Foundation, Fellow

Mark M. Rashid, Professor
1999 UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award recipient (one of four
awardees university-wide).

S. Geoffrey Schladow, Professor
2011- Donald W. Pritchard Award for the best physical oceanography paper published in
Estuaries and Coasts within a two-year interval

Daniel Sperling, Professor
2010 Heinz Award for “Achievements in research of transportation fuels”
2009 Robert M. Zweig Public Education Award of the National Hydrogen Association
2008 Barry McNutt TRB Award for Best Paper in Energy (Jonathan Hughes, Chris
Knittel, D. Sperling)
2006 TRANNY award for Organization of the Year, California Trans. Foundation (on
behalf of ITS-Davis)
2004 National Associate, National Academies
2002 Carl Moyer Memorial Award for Scientific Leadership and Tech. Excellence,
Coalition for Clean Air

Anthony S. Wexler, Professor
2011-present Chair, International Advisory Committee, Center for Excellence in
Environmental Studies, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2011 Elected to Fellow status, American Association for Aerosol Research
2008 Appointed to Editorial Advisory Board, Aerosol Science and Technology
2005 Outstanding Mid-career Research Faculty Award, College of Engrg, UCD
2005-2006 President of the American Association for Aerosol Research
2005 Erdös number of 2

Thomas M. Young, Professor
2004 Distinguished Service Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and
Science Professors
1998 Career Award, NSF
1995 Outstanding Environmental Engineering Graduate Student, University of
1990 Benton Fellowship, University of Michigan
1985 Berkeley Policy Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
1983 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Truman Scholarship Foundation
1981 Alumni Distinguished Scholarship, Michigan State University

Bassam A. Younis, Professor
2012 DAAD Visiting Professor, Stuttgart University
2012 Visiting Professor, Harbin Engineering University
2007 Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury.
2006 Invited Professor, University Pierre & Marie Curie – Paris.
2002 Visiting Professor, Stuttgart University

H. Michael Zhang, Professor
2000 NSF CAREER, The National Science Foundation
1996 Old Gold Fellowship, The University of Iowa