University of Vermont

217th Commencement Ceremonies - May 19 and 20, 2018

Recognition of University Distinguished Professor Awards
David V. Rosowsky, Provost and Senior Vice President and Professor of Engineering

President Sullivan with UDP Professor 2017David V. Rosowsky presents UDP Professor 2017At the University of Vermont our most prominent faculty members are internationally recognized scholar/teachers who have made outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in their discipline. Many of the world’s leading universities recognize a select few of their most distinguished scholar/teachers with the rank of University Distinguished Professor.

Thus, in 2009, the University of Vermont created the rank of University Distinguished Professor. These scholars are entitled to use the title University Distinguished Professor throughout their career at the University of Vermont, and wear a medallion with their academic regalia signifying this distinction. They also serve as an informal advisory body to the leadership of the university, and receive an annual professional expense stipend to support their scholarly endeavors.

I am pleased to welcome two of our current University Distinguished Professors who are joining us today. Please stand and be recognized as I read your name:

Major Jackson, Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor of English; and
Ralph Budd, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

It gives me great pleasure now to announce our newest University Distinguished Professor, George F. Pinder.

President Sullivan will you please join me in making the presentation.

Professor George Pinder, please come forward.

George F. Pinder, University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Pinder you are an internationally recognized pioneer in the creation and use of computer models for solution of groundwater contamination problems.

Working at the nexus of groundwater hydrology and numerical mathematics, you were the first to recognize the power of this interdisciplinary approach to addressing the critical environmental issue of rehabilitating contaminated aquifers. Always at the forefront of pioneering efforts in groundwater modeling since your days as a graduate student; today you are universally recognized as one of the preeminent scholars of that discipline.

Throughout your career; you have received numerous national and international awards including Fellow of the American Geophysical Society in 1993, the Distinguished Member Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Environmental & Water Resources Institute in 2016. You were inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 – the only member of the University of Vermont faculty inducted in this prestigous academy.

You have held countless leadership positions, including President of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union and served as the founding Director of what is now the Environmental Engineering Program at Princeton University (recently named the number one Environmental Program in the US). From 1989 to 1996 you served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont.

In addition, you were also the founding editor of two prestigious journals – Advances in Water Resources and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations.

You are a dedicated mentor and role model to countless faculty and students, and a visionary leader who has gained the unwaivering admiration of your peers.

George F. Pinder, I am honored to recognize your stellar accomplishments as an engineer and mathematician, teacher and scholar, and a mentor and leader by granting you the title of University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont.

Please join me in congratulating our 2017 University Distinguished Professor, George F. Pinder.

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