Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and head of the Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, has been recognized as a 2020 Distinguished Fellow by the International Water Association (IWA).
The program recognizes individuals for their “sustained outstanding contribution to the water profession, and to delivering the IWA mission of creating a water-wise world, improving the wellbeing of societies and the environment,” according to the organization. Professor Haas is one of only seven members to receive the distinguished fellow distinction this year. He will be officially recognized at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen next May.
For over 35 years, Professor Haas has studied the treatment of water, especially wastewater, to minimize human exposure to pathogenic microorganisms. He specializes in measuring how certain treatment methods change the risk factor of allowing a pathogen to survive. Professor Haas has been recognized for his work by the American Water Works Association and the National Water Research Institute, among other leading organizations.
“The IWA is an organization of peers who work together to solve water challenges that represent an incredible threat to the health of the world at large,” Haas said. “To be recognized by such a esteemed group is a great honor and an affirmation of my work, which I am excited to continue.”