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Alumna Nadine Kotlarz Wins First Place Academic Achievement Award

Recent CEE graduate, Nadine Kotlarz, has received the First Place Academic Achievement Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).| Short Read

Recent CEE graduate, Nadine Kotlarz, has received the First Place Academic Achievement Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Kotlarz’s dissertation, “Factor of Full-scale Drinking Water Systems that Contribute to Risk of Opportunistic Infectious Disease,” was selected for special recognition for its valuable contribution to the water supply field.

The Academic Achievement Award will be formally presented to Kotlarz at the AWWA Annual Conference on June 12, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Kotlarz received a B.S. in environmental engineering from Lehigh University. She earned her M.S. and PhD. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. Her main area of research was microbial quality of drinking water. Kotlarz’s CEE dissertation defense was presented in May 2017.

While studying for her PhD, Kotlarz was co-advised by CEE Professor, Lutgarde Raskin, and Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, John LiPuma.

The American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing water solutions to assure the effective management of water. Their nearly 50,000 total memberships represent the full spectrum of the water community: public water and wastewater systems, environmental advocates, scientists and academicians. Congratulations Nadine!

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