Cwiertny, Krajewski Earn Inaugural Research Awards

Friday, April 4, 2014

Two College of Engineering faculty members were recognized April 3 by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development with its inaugural Distinguished Research Awards.  Recipients were honored at a private dinner and ceremony at hotelVetro alongside colleagues who had pitched new ideas, founded 2013 startup companies, or who held new patents, licenses and options.

They are David Cwiertny, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, who received the Early Career Scholar of the Year Award, and Witold Krajewski, holder of the Rose & Joseph Summers Chair in Engineering, faculty research engineer at IIHR, and director of the Iowa Flood Center, who received the Leadership in Research Award.

The Early Career Scholar of the Year Award honors faculty members who have served five years or less at the UI, and who are currently involved in research or scholarly activity that shows significant promise.

Cwiertny joined the UI in 2011 as part of the Water Sustainability Initiative. His research group focuses on chemical pollutants in natural and engineered water systems, with a particular emphasis on the environmental effects of pollutants and the development of treatment technologies that promote water reuse.

The recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, Cwiertny serves as an editorial advisory board member for Environmental Science and Technology, the leading journal in his field. He has developed courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level related to society’s pursuit of sustainable water resources, and is the current director of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate studies.

The Leadership in Research Award honors a UI faculty member for extraordinary leadership of a large, collaborative, interactive team science grant.

In response to the 2008 floods, Krajewski co-founded the Iowa Flood Center, which uses cutting-edge research and technology to improve the preparedness of Iowans, and is developing a flood forecasting, information and monitoring system.

He has been with the university for more than 25 years, during which time he has also helped establish a consortium dedicated to furthering hydrology studies. According to colleagues and nominators, Krajewski has “unquestionable leadership skills” and pushes the boundaries of research “to levels others may only dream of.”