Richard S. and Mary S. Engelbrecht Fellowship
This fellowship recognizes a Ph.D. student within the Environmental Engineering and Science Program, who is approaching graduation, for demonstrating outstanding scholastic achievement including research, teaching and service, and promise of success in environmental engineering and science.
Fellowship award winners and their current affiliations:
1998 Daniel Oerther, Missouri University of Science and Technology
1999 Ann Dillner, University of California, Davis
2001 Qilin Li, Rice University
2002 Jae-Hong Kim, Yale University
2003 Chad Knutson, Wolfram Research Inc.
2005 Lance Schideman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006 Zaher Hashisho, University of Edmonton, Alberta
2008 Christoph Roden, SPEC Inc.
2009 Manish Kumar, Pennsylvania State University
2010 Tze Ling Ng, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2011 Lanhua Hu, Nalco Inc.
2012 John Atkinson, University of Edmonton, Alberta
2013 Evan Coopersmith, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
2014 Kaitlin Mallouk, Rowan University
2014 Nanxi Lv, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
About Professor Engelbrecht
Professor Richard S. Engelbrecht was a pioneer in the field of environmental pollution control, particularly the development of solutions to microbiological problems associated with water quality management, including drinking water and wastewater treatment. He was an “institution” nationally and internationally. In the National Research Council he was known as “Mr. Water.” Dick joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign during 1954 as an assistant professor. He held the rank of professor of environmental engineering from 1959 until he retired in 1992, when he became professor emeritus. From 1987 to 1989 he held the first Ivan Racheff Professorship of Environmental Engineering, and from 1979 to 1991 he was director of UIUC’s Advanced Environmental Control Technology Research Center. Select awards received by Dick were the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for noteworthy research (1966) and the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award (1973), both from the Water Pollution Control Federation; the George W. Fuller Award (1974) and the Publication Award (1975), both from the American Water Works Association; and the Eric H. Vick Award (1979) from the Institution of Public Health Engineers (UK). The Benjamin Garver Lamme Award of the American Society of Engineering Education was bestowed upon him in 1985. He was awarded the Gordon Maskew Fair Medal by the Water Environment Federation in 1987. Because of his long involvement with many environmental projects and his help to Japanese graduate students at University of Illinois, he received national decoration from the Emperor of Japan in 1993, namely the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. The Association of Environmental Engineering Professors honored him in 1993 with its Founders' Award for sustained and outstanding contributions to environmental engineering education. He was the author or coauthor of more than 122 articles, proceedings, papers, and chapters in books.
Dick was a genuine family man seeing to it that all members of his family, including especially his daughters-in-law and his grandchildren, received special attention at all times. He is survived by his two sons, William of Louisville, Kentucky, and Timothy of St. Louis, Missouri; his two daughter-in-laws Mickey and Becky; and five grandchildren.
Richard S. and Mary S. Engelbrecht Environmental Engineering Fund Contributors
Gift Range: +$10,000
Richard S. and Mary S. Engelbrecht
Gift Range: $5,000 - $9,999
Dr. Blaine Severin
Proctor and Gamble
Illinois American Water
Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation
St. Louis Water Company
Gift Range: $2,500 - $4,999
Nishihara Environmental Sanitation
Kurita Water Industries Ltd
Gift Range: $1,000 - $2,499
Dr. Charles Haas
Dr. Neil Hawkins
Southwestern Stockholm Region
Gift Range: $250 - $999
BYSIS Fund Services
Central States Water Pollution
Gift Range: $10 - $249
Contributions to the Richard S. and Mary S. Engelbrecht Environmental Engineering Fund
Honor the memory of Professor Engelbrecht and the long term friendship and support of the Engelbrecht family to the Environmental Engineering and Science Program. Donations to the Richard S. and Mary S. Engelbrecht Fellowship can be made to the Advancement Office, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 205 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL, 61801, USA.