Simonovic honoured for hydrologic engineering work

By Agnes Chick
February 13, 2013

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Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Slobodan Simonovic, director of engineering studies with Western’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, has been selected by the Environmental Water Resources Institute to receive the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Ven Te Chow Award for his achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering.

Simonovic’s research interests focus on the application of a systems approach to management of complex water and environmental systems, focusing on the integration of risk, reliability, uncertainty and optimization in hydrology and water resources.

With more than 30 years of research, teaching and consulting experience in his field, Simonovic is also being recognized for his contributions to climate change-sensitive hydrologic engineering, systems, analysis and soft-computing-based methods in hydrology, and for his extensive service to the profession and education with more than 350 publications and three major textbooks.

Most of Simonovic’s research is being conducted through the Facility for Intelligent Decision Support (FIDS) at Western University.

“It is a great honour to receive an award named after professor Ven Te Chow,” Simonovic said. “Not only is the award named after someone I highly respect and admire, ASCE represents the most well-known professionals in the field of hydrologic engineering. I feel fortunate to have my name join an exclusive list of exceptional individuals who have received this award in previous years.”

Simonovic met Ven Te Chow for the first time in 1974 when Simonovic was starting his engineering career. Ven Te Chow was one of the speakers at a Scientific Meeting in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, and pointed to a new research area of water resources systems analysis. Discussions with Ven Te Chow influenced Simonovic to continue his education and research in this area. Simonovic credits Ven Te Chow as a major influence in his decision to enter the field of water resources systems engineering.

The award will be presented to Simonovic during the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, May 19-23, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Founded in 1852, the ASCE represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. Established in 1995, the Ven Te Chow Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering have been distinguished by exceptional achievement and significant contributions in research, education or practice.


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