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Dr. Charles Haas Elected Fellow of International Water Association 

December 15, 2011

Dr. Charles Haas Drexel’s Dr. Charles Haas, L.D. Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and Department Head of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE), was elected as a 2011 Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of water science, technology and management. The IWA solicits the help of the fellows in continuing their work by acting as active ambassadors of the IWA. Haas will be honored for this achievement at the IWA conference September 2012 in Busan, South Korea.

Haas received his bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a doctoral degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the faculties of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology prior to joining Drexel.  

Haas directs the Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative, a foundation of a new approach to studying urban systems. He has courtesy appointments in the department of Emergency Medicine of the Drexel University College of Medicine and in the School of Public Health.  He co-directs the USEPA/DHS University Cooperative Center of Excellence – Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA).  He is a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Risk Analysis, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Academy of Microbiology.  

Haas is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering member by eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. For more than 30 years, Haas has specialized in the assessment of risk from and control of human exposure to pathogenic microorganisms and in particular the treatment of water and wastewater to minimize microbial risk to human health. Haas has served on numerous panels of the National Research Council. He is a past member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies, and is on the US EPA Board of Scientific Counselors.