FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced that civil and environmental engineer R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE, will be the twentieth recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.

Trussell is chairman and chief executive officer of Trussell Technologies Inc., an environmental engineering consulting firm based in Pasadena, Calif.

Consisting of a medallion and $50,000 award, the NWRI Clarke Prize is given out each year to recognize research accomplishments that solve real-world water problems and to highlight the importance and need to continue funding this type of research.

Trussell was selected as the 2013 recipient because of his extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most challenging water quality problems and improve the designs of new water treatment plants and technologies.

“Rhodes Trussell is a true personification of the ideal Clarke Prize recipient,” said Chair of the Selection Committee Roy Spalding, Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska. “He has led a distinguished career. The extent of his contributions is outstanding. His expertise in a broad range of treatment technologies is unparalleled. And, to top it off, he has been the undisputed leader in undertaking projects that have resulted in significant changes not only in how we treat water, but also in how we use and reuse that water.”

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