University of Vermont

Pinder Receives 2012 ASCE Distinguished Member Medal

George PinderDr. George F. Pinder has been named a 2012 Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  Dr. Pinder, along with ten other recipients, received a medal memorializing this achievement during the ASCE’s 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference held October 18-20, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ASCE regards this award as the highest honor to which a civil engineer can aspire.

“This prestigious recognition by ASCE acknowledges Dr. Pinder’s accomplishments as an internationally renowned expert and world leader in groundwater modeling,” says Chip Cole, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

“It is an honor to have been selected to join this group of remarkably accomplished engineers,” said Pinder.

Pinder is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with secondary appointments in Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Science, at the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Career Accomplishments

Dr. Pinder is recognized nationally for his career accomplishments and has received many prestigious awards.  He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Pinder also has been recognized for his research and scholarship through his selection as a University of Vermont Scholar and has received awards which include the Geological Society of America O. E. Meinzer Award, the Eminent Scientists Award Medal, the American Geophysical Union Horton Award and the ASCE Julian Hinds Award.

His accomplishments include induction into the Vermont Academy of Scientists and Engineers (VASE), and election as a Fellow of the Wessex Institute and of the American Geophysical Union. Pinder was also elected by colleagues to serve as President of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union and is the founding Chair of the Groundwater Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Pinder  is also the founding editor of the journals Advances in Water Resources and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations.  He has published ten books, and over 124 papers in the premier journals of the field. 

Pinder has served as Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University and Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont.  He has graduated 32 PhD students; some of his former PhD students are now leaders in Government and Industry, and Professors, Chairpersons, Deans, and Provosts at several major universities.  

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