Pedro J. J. Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Rice University, has been doubly honored with a prestigious fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and a lecture series from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).
Alvarez, who also serves as director of Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center at Rice, was awarded the 2017 CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) for Distinguished Scientists, formerly known as the Einstein Professorship.
The honor goes to “well-established and internationally recognized scientists . . . with outstanding scientific accomplishment and prestigious international honors, awards or prizes.” With the fellowship, Alvarez will deliver lectures at CAS-affiliated institutions and meet with CAS researchers and postgraduate students. He will also host CAS postdoctoral researchers in his lab for one to three months.
Alvarez was also named the 2017-18 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer in recognition of his “excellence as both a researcher and educator and ability to give engaging oral presentations to members of the environmental engineering community and the general public.” He will visit at least 14 institutions, give at least one talk at each, with expenses paid by the AEESP, and will receive an honorarium at the end of the lecture tour.
Alvarez earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992 and joined the Rice faculty in 2003. He serves on the NSF Engineering Directorate Advisory Board and is an associate editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Alvarez serves as an honorary professor at Nankai University in Tianjin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and as an adjunct professor at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil. From 2004 to 2015, Alvarez was department chair of CEE at Rice.
In 2012, Alvarez was awarded the prestigious Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research by the National Water Research Institute, and he is one of Thompson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researchers (top one percent in environmental sciences).