Faculty Awards

Since its inception in 1965, our department has had numerous distinguished achievements to its credit, including eight National Academy of Engineering members (four are currently Emeriti faculty and four were elected in the past two years).  Amongst the current faculty:  seven are National Science Foundation Career Award recipients, three are elected ASCE Fellows and one has been named a Distinguished Member of ASCE.  One has been named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow as well as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and five others have been awarded the ASCE Huber Prize for notable contributions to civil engineering research.

A number of our current faculty have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to education, including two College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching awards, two Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching awards, one American Society of Engineering Education Keillor award, and one National Society of Professional Engineers Education Excellence award.

Our faculty also have an outstanding tradition of service to the campus, the profession and society.  Nine of our current faculty serve as directors of research centers, including the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the Center for Watershed Sciences, the Center for Geotechnical Modelling, the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, the Western Cooling Efficiency Center, the Institute for Transportation Studies, the Air Quality Research Center, the Pavement Research Center and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics.  Two current members have earned the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.  At least seven of the faculty currently serve on Editorial Boards of leading journals in civil engineering and all faculty are active in serving on professional committees and as reviewers for journals.

Heather N. Bischel, Assistant Professor

2017 EPFL/Zeno Karl Schindler Prize for Environmental Science & Sustainability

2017 American Chemical Society Certificate of Merit

2012 National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship

2012 Rotary Foundation Palo Alto University District Scholar

John E. Bolander, Professor

2016 Fellow, International Association for Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures

2015 Career Achievement Recognition, 7th RILEM Conference on High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites, Stuttgart, Germany

2012 Semi-Plenary Lecture, 10th World Congress on Computational Mech., Sao Paulo
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, Professor

2017-2022 Gerald T. and Lilian P. Orlob Professorship in Water Resources Engineering

2015 CEE Young Alumni Award, University of Illinois

2015 Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor Award in the State of California (Region 9)
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

2017 Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering

2015 Ralph B. Peck Award, American Society of Civil Engineers

2014 TK Hsieh Award, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK

2012 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers

2006 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

Colleen E. Bronner, Lecturer

2018 Course Redesign And Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) Fellow, UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness

Chris Cappa, Professor

2013 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow

2012 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
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

2012 HKIE Outstanding Paper Award, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Transaction
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

2017 Outstanding Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction

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

2017 Contribution of scientific article to the 60th anniversary collection of papers of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE
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

2018 UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

2017 AWWA Small Systems Division Best Paper Award
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

2015 ASTM Hogentogler Award

2014 ICE TK Hsieh Prize

2013 ASCE Huber Research Prize
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, 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,

Alexander Forrest, Assistant Professor

2017 Hellman Fellow, UC Davis

John Harvey, Professor

2018 Investigación Aplicada en Pavimentos Realizado por la Universidad de California. Foro de Discusión: Pasado, Presente y Futro del Diseño Estructural de Pavimentos Flexibles, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico.

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.

Jonathan Herman, Assistant Professor

2016 Quentin Martin Best Practice-Oriented Paper, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2016

2016 ASCE Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management

2014 Outstanding Reviewer, Environmental Modelling and Software

Miguel Jaller, Assistant Professor

2017 UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

2016 SHPE Faculty Development Institute NSF ASSIST Travel Grant

2016 ASCE ExCEED Fellowship

2014 VREF Grant for Study Exchange

2013 Best Paper Award from the College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management

2012 Thomas Archibald Bedford Prize from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institue

Boris Jeremic, Professor

2018 Keynote Speaker, 2nd Workshop on Best PSHANI, Cadarache-Chˆateau, Cadarache, France

2017 Invited Plenary Speaker, 6th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Rhodes Island, Greece
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 Kanvinde, Professor, Department Chair

2018 ASCE State of the Art of Civil Engineering Award

2017 National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

2017 American Institute of Steel Construction Special Achievement Award

2016 ASCE Walter Huber Research Prize
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

2016 Croess Medal, ASCE

2016 Best Paper, ASCE JHE
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, Professor

2016 Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis

2013 Laudise Prize from the International Society of Industrial Ecology

2012 National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers in Engineering Education
2005 3M Industrial Ecology Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2009 UC Davis Hellman Fellow, Hellman Family Foundation

Maureen Njoki Kinyua, Assistant Professor

2016 UC Davis CAMPOS Faculty Scholar

2014 American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award

2014 University of South Florida Signature Research Doctoral Fellow

2012  Richard Ian Stessel Memorial Fellow in Environmental

Michael J. Kleeman, Professor

2016 Carnegie Mellon University Invited Donora Lecture
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

2013 Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

2012 Normal Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers

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

Frank J. Loge, Professor

2015 & 2017 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Award

2013 Ray B. Krone Endowed Professorship. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Davis
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

2018 Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering

2016 Distinguished Member, American Society of Civil Engineers

2014 Warren A. Hall Medal, Universities Council on Water Resources

2013 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, UC Davis

2013 Groundwater Resources Association of California, David Todd Lecture

2013 Best Policy-oriented Paper Award, J of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2013

2013 California Trout, Golden Trout Award
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

Alejandro Martinez, Assistant Professor

Goizueta Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech

Jean-Lou Chameau Research Excellence Award, Georgia Tech

George F. Sowers Distinguished Ph.D. Student Award, Georgia Tech

International Student Leadership Award, Georgia Tech

Sarah A. Miller, Assistant Professor

2014-2016 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015 Women in American Concrete Institute Award

2014 The Stanford Wood’s Institute Rising Environmental Leaders Program

2012-2014 Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowship

2012-2013 Achievement Rewards for College Students Graduate Fellowship

2010-2012 Leavell Graduate Research Fellowship

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

Verónica L. Morales, Assistant Professor

2014-2016 AXA Research Fund Postdoc Fellowship

2014 Participating researcher in the United Kingdom Research Excellence Framework

2012-2014 Marie Curie-International Incoming Fellowship

2010 Teresa Heinz Foundation for Environmental Research Dissertation Award by Heinz Family Philanthropies

2008 NG Kaul Memorial Scholarship

2005-2008 Cornell-Sloan Graduate Student Fellowship

Deb A. Niemeier, Professor

2017 Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering
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

Holly J. Oldroyd, Assistant Professor

Tau Beta Phi (Engineering honors society)

Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical engineering honor society)

Phi Kappa Phi (National Honors Society)

Mark M. Rashid, Professor

1999 UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award recipient (one of four
awardees university-wide).

S. Geoffrey Schladow, Professor

2016 AWRA David R. Maidment Award for outstanding contributions to water resources data and information systems
2011- Donald W. Pritchard Award for the best physical oceanography paper published in
Estuaries and Coasts within a two-year interval

Daniel Sperling, Professor

2015 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship, Transportation Research Board

2014 Council Member, California Council on Science and Technology

2013 Blue Planet Prize
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

N. Sukumar, Professor

2016 The auspices of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (Government of India) Program on Global Initiative Academic Networks, GIAN

(2013-) Regional Editor of International Journal of Fracture 

(2014–) Member of the Editorial Board of Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 

(2014–2018) Member of the Executive Council of the USACM

Anthony S. Wexler, Distinguished 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

2016 Richard Cunard Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board

2015 Distinguished Speaker, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
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

Aikaterini (Katerina) Ziotopoulou, Assistant Professor

2017 Greek International Woman Award in Science

2016 ASCE 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Recognition

2017 Engaged Learning Community Award, UC Davis

2016 Teacher of the Week – Virginia Tech CIDER

2015 W(H)YDOC Young Doctors in Geomechanics Fellow