George F. Pinder inducted into Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering (VASE)
Release Date: 09-13-2007
Dr. George F. Pinder, professor at UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), has been inducted into the Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering (VASE). Pinder is a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the CEMS School of Engineering, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science.
"George is an outstanding scientist and engineer an internationally renowned expert and world leader in groundwater modeling, whose pioneering work in numerical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport has provided the foundation for modern day groundwater modeling," said Dr. William W-G. Yeh, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in his support letter. He added that Pinder's textbook co-authored with William G. Gray, Finite Element Simulation in Surface and Subsurface Hydrology (1977), "is the first of its kind and is well cited in the literature."
Membership in the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE), which is modeled after the National Academies, represents the highest recognition for contributions to science and engineering in Vermont. The State of Vermont chartered the VASE to honor scientists and engineers for their achievements, promote the interests of science and engineering within the state, educate Vermonters about the importance of science and engineering, and help state government address problems in those fields.
Dr. Yeh noted that Pinder's research on remediation design using simulation and optimization is innovative and exemplary, adding that Pinder developed an outer approximation method for nonlinear optimization that is much more efficient in solving large-scale remediation design problems.
"George has an uncanny knack for finding the key elements in a problem and pointing them out," said Dr. William Gray of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in his nomination letter. "This is why he has been able to direct many of his students into critical problem areas that have led to their successful careers."
Just one of many accomplishmentsPinder has published eight major books and over 100 journal papers in the premier journals of the field. His contributions to scholarly research have led to many honors, including the GSA O. E. Meinzer Award, the AGU Horton Award, election to AGU Fellow, and the ASCE Julian Hinds Award. He is the founding editor of the journals Advances in Water Resources and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, and was elected by colleagues to serve as president of the hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union, and was the founding chair of the Groundwater Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Pinder has also had an outstanding career as an educator. He has served as department chair of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University and as dean of UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). He has graduated 28 Ph.D. students, some of which are now top-level administrators at major universities.
As Dr. Gray notes, "It is rare that one individual makes contributions in all of these areas, and it is truly fitting that he be recognized by induction into the Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering."
For more information, visit Dr. Pinder's website at georgepinder.com.