Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award

Des Lawler is a professor and holds the Nasser I. Al-Rashid Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  His research and teaching focus on physical/chemical treatment processes for water and wastewater, with emphasis on particle removal processes. He has been the recipient of many university and national awards in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching capabilities and is currently the AEESP Distinguished Lecturer. To date, Des has mentored nearly 100 graduate students, many of whom are now in academia. Professor Lawler's nominator characterizes him as "always passionate about his work." As one of Charlie O’Melia’s own advisees, Des Lawler truly illustrates what it is to be an extraordinary educator. 

Desmond F. Lawler, University of Texans at Austin
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