Panos Diplas Recognized as Fellow of Leading Professional Organization

Just 50 environmental and water resources engineering professionals have earned this distinction from the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), which has about 26,000 members

Dr. Panos Diplas, professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering, recently received the honorable distinction of Fellow from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

A branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the EWRI's goal is to advance water resources and environmental solutions in order to achieve a sustainable future. Its members have dedicated their careers to focus areas as diverse as hydraulics, irrigation and drainage, water planning and management, and groundwater.

To achieve the grade of Fellow, one must have demonstrated a significant contribution to his or her field for a minimum of ten years and provided mentorship to young engineers or some other kind of significant, science-related outreach to the public.

The acknowledgement was formalized at a ceremony in Austin, Texas, on May 18, 2015. Diplas was one of 17 distinguished water resources engineers from this class, bringing the total number of EWRI Fellows to approximately 50, according to the organization.

Diplas has been a professor and department chair at Lehigh since 2013. Prior to that, he served on the faculty at Virginia Tech for 25 years. His research looks at the way water and sediment move and how that movement interacts with structures, vegetation, and biota.

-John Gilpatrick

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