This award, established in 2005, honors a member of AEESP and/or AAEES who has made sustained and outstanding efforts to bridge environmental engineering research, education, and practice.
Debra is internationally recognized for her work in solid waste management, including foundational understanding of biological, chemical, and physical landfill processes. She is a highly cited researcher that has received numerous awards, including: 2009, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS); 2009, Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida; and 2005, Distinguished Individual Achievement Award from the Solid Waste Association of America. Professor Reinhart has developed and offered several different courses at UCF on wide ranging topics. She has mentored over 60 graduate students and received numerous awards in teaching and mentoring. She is a well-respected practitioner, who has been President of AAEES and received awards from AAEES. It is clear that she has embodies Pohland medal: bridging environmental engineering research, education, and practice.