Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering, has been awarded membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honors for engineers.
For more than three decades, Professor Haas has been a leader in the study of quantitative microbial risk assessment. His work has led to advances in the treatment of water, especially wastewater, to minimize human exposure to pathogenic microorganisms.
Election to the NAE honors “those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” according the organization's website.
“I am gratified by the recognition of work that has occupied my interest for nearly 40 years, ” Professor Haas said. “Membership in the NAE is a supreme honor, but also reflective of the outstanding students and colleagues, at Drexel and elsewhere, that I have been fortunate to work with.”
Professor Haas will be formally inducted during the NAE's annual meeting on October 3, 2021.
“Chuck has been an exceptional educator and a mentor to faculty across the college, in addition to being one of the world’s leading thinkers in the fields of water treatment, risk assessment, bioterrorism, environmental modeling and statistics, microbiology, and environmental health,” said Sharon L. Walker, PhD, Dean of Drexel Engineering. “I know I speak for legions of students and faculty whose lives have been shaped by Chuck's brilliance when I thank him for his intellectual leadership and service to Drexel and the engineering community at large.”