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Marc Edwards was awarded the inaugural Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize at a ceremony held on Feb. 21.
Edwards is recognized for his invaluable contributions to the fields of water treatment and public health and to society at large.
“With fundamental research expertise in water chemistry, he is widely considered to be the foremost authority on corrosion in water distribution systems and building plumbing,” wrote one nominator. Another wrote that “the impact of his research was that the federal environmental laws were changed that have protected untold numbers of young children from the hazard of lead in their drinking water, many of them living in underserved communities.”
The Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize is awarded to an individual whose accomplishments in the water or wastewater treatment fields have been nationally and internationally recognized. The prize selection committee used five criteria to evaluate the candidates, including their overall record of accomplishments, their role in developing innovative technologies, their potential for continued contributions to the field.
The new award is named after two University of Michigan professors:
Edwards is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.