During the 216th Commencement Ceremonies, May 20 and 21, 2017, at UVM, President Thomas Sullivan and Provost and Senior Vice President and Professor of Engineering David Rosowsky named George Pinder as the newest University Distinguished Professor.

“Professor Pinder, you are an internationally recognized pioneer in the creation and use of computer models for solution of groundwater contamination problems,” said Rosowsky in his remarks. “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.” A citizen of both the U.S. and Canada, Pinder studied at the University of Illinois and the University of Ontario. After working as a research hydrologist, he was a professor and chair at Princeton University and served as the CEMS Dean at UVM from 1989 to 1996; he has mentored hundreds of students and authored or co-authored more than 250 papers and 16 book chapters. Pinder was the founding editor of Advances in Water Resources and Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations  and has received numerous prestigious recognitions including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Environmental and Water Resources in 2016. He is the only UVM faculty member to have been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research


  • Water Resources
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability & Energy


  • Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental
  • Climate Change & Hazard Mitigation


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana


  • (802)-656-8697
Office Location:

371 Votey

  1. George's Website

Courses Taught

  • CE 162 - Hydraulics Lab
  • CE 218 - Numerical Methods for Engineers
  • CE 265 - Ground Water Hydrology
  • CE 367 - Phys Flow & Trs thru Porous Mdia