Dec. 1, 2016

Loucks honored with award for water systems study

Daniel Peter Loucks, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) for his work on practical water-resources management.

Loucks won the Water Management and Protection Prize, one of five awarded at a ceremony held Nov. 2 at United Nations headquarters in New York.

The organization recognized Loucks, according to its website, “for the development and implementation of systems tools for practical water resources management problems worldwide. His work provides an effective, dynamic framework, which is used successfully throughout the world to examine the interplay between environmental stress, stakeholder participation processes and hydrological systems.”

Loucks, who earned his doctorate in environmental engineering from Cornell in 1965, continues to teach and direct research in the development and application of economics, ecology and systems analysis methods to the solution of environmental and regional water-resources problems.

In 2014, Loucks was honored by the International Commission on Water Resource Systems (ICWRS) of the International Association of Hydrologic Science with the establishment of a lecture series in his name. Loucks delivered the first lecture at the ICWRS International Symposium in June 2014 in Bologna, Italy.

The PSIPW – established in 2002 by Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia – gives recognition to scientists, researchers and inventors around the world for pioneering work that addresses the problem of water scarcity in creative and effective ways. It offers five prizes every two years.