Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders' Award

John Novak is an emeritus professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has had a sustained academic career spanning some 45 years marked by excellence in education, research, and practice. Professor Novak has made significant contributions to our knowledge in bioflocculation, properties of biosolids and digestion of wastewaters. His research career serves as a model for young faculty. He chose a few selected areas of scholarship, stayed with them for the long term, and thus made significant contributions to our knowledge. He has published some 170 refereed journal papers and book chapters, and has about 3000 citations. He has supervised 31 Ph.D. students and approximately 200 M.S. students.  His integration of research, education and practice has been recognized through the Simon W. Freeze Award, The Frederick George Pohland Award, the Ralph Furman Medal from WEF, and the AEESP Excellence in Education Award.

John Novak, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
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