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UI's Jerald Schnoor elected to National Academy of Engineering

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jerald L. Schnoor, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the profession's highest honor.

Schnoor will be formally inducted into the Academy Oct. 3 in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The National Academy of Engineering, which includes 1,984 U.S. members, honors those who have made important contributions to engineering. Schnoor was cited for "research and engineering leadership in development, validation, and utilization of mathematical models for global environmental decision-making."

Commenting on the award, UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "We are delighted that Jerry Schnoor's election to the National Academy of Engineering recognizes his leadership in environmental research and engineering education. The honor is richly deserved, and it enhances the national reputation of the College of Engineering and the University of Iowa."

Schnoor, a professional engineer and environmental engineering educator, was named the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors (AEEP) Distinguished Lecturer for 1998, the highest honor bestowed by the AEEP, which includes some 700 North American faculty members and is the only organization of its kind to represent environmental engineering faculty. As a condition of the award, Schnoor lectured at Princeton, California Institute of Technology and 18 other U.S. universities.

His research and writings cover a wide range of environmental problems including: toxic chemical fate and transport, water quality modeling, phytoremediation, and biogeochemistry of global change. His mathematical model for acid precipitation risk assessments was one of only three applied to lakes in the eastern U.S. as a part of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program. Together with several students, he has pioneered the use of phytoremediation for cleaning hazardous waste sites. His book, Environmental Modeling, (John Wiley and Sons, 1996) has been adopted as a text by more than 50 graduate programs throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia, and South America. He is the co-author of more than 100 journal articles.

Schnoor, 48, and a native of Davenport, has been a University of Iowa faculty member since 1977 and a UI Distinguished Professor since 1992. He has testified before Congress on several occasions, and served as an advisor to William Ruckelshaus, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on issues involving acid rain.

Schnoor received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1972 and his master's degree in environmental health engineering in 1974 and his doctorate in civil engineering in 1975, both from the University of Texas, Austin. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral researcher in environmental modeling at Manhattan College in 1976. He served as chair of the UI department of civil and environmental engineering 1985-90. In 1988 he was a visiting professor in aquatic chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

His many awards include the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award, 1999; Rudolph Hering Medal, American Society of Engineers, 1998; Outstanding Research Award, UI College of Engineering, 1998; Distinguished Fellow Award, Iowa Academy of Science (highest honor), 1996; Presidential Lecturer, University of Iowa, 1996; Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering, Iowa State University, 1996; and Iowa Regent's Award for Faculty Excellence, 1992.

In 1985 he received the Walter L. Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. A founding member and first president of the Iowa Groundwater Association in 1984-85, he was elected to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers as a diplomate, a board-certified engineering specialist in 1990.

Schnoor is the only current UI engineering faculty member to hold Academy membership. Past UI College of Engineering faculty who were Academy members include: Louis Landweber, professor and researcher at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, who died in January 1998 at the age of 86; and Hunter Rouse, professor, former dean of the college and former director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, who died in 1996 at the age of 90. Also, John F. Kennedy, professor and former director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, who died in 1991 at the age of 57.

The College currently lists 13 alumni as members of the National Academy of Engineering.