Charles R. O'Melia Distinguished Educator Award

For Sustained and Outstanding Teaching and Research Contributions and Inspirational Mentoring.

John Tobiason joined UMass Amherst in 1987, and had been outstanding in teaching, graduate advising, and research, and mentoring of former students and colleagues. John’s teaching ratings at UMass are always near the top of the department, and he has received four teaching awards. John has advised 54 MS students and 11 PhDs. He has made significant contributions to research in water filtration, colloidal particles and characterization, Fe and Mn chemistry and removal from water, treatment of brine wastes from membranes. He has a leadership position for the current EPA $4.1 million Water Center called the “Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems”. John has mentored many graduate, as well as undergraduate students in his 31-year academic career. John has also mentored faculty colleagues at UMass and professional colleagues at other universities and in industry through his outstanding service on the Board of AEESP, Trustee of the Water Science and Research Division of AWWA, and other professional committees.

John Tobiason
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