Frederick George Pohland Medal

John Novak is the currently the Nick Prillaman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. John has gracefully managed sustained contributions in research, education and practice. In his 40 years as an environmental engineering researcher and educator, he has contributed approximately 300 articles resulting from his advising of 27 Ph.D. and 150 M.S. students! John has received many awards for his research including the Simon W. Freeze Award and Lecture from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2007. John has been active in professional service including 2 terms on the AEESP board of directors as well as service on WEF, WERF, AWWA, and ASCE committees. His presence is felt in the practice community as well. A nominator from the practice community states that he is known as “Mr. Sludge,” a credit to his awareness of practical needs of the environmental engineering community, particularly in the area of sludge management.

John T. Novak, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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