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Agricultural and Engineering Group Presents ADS Achievement Award to Rafael Muñoz–Carpena


Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, recipient of the ASABE 2015 ADS Soil and Water Engineering Award.

HILLIARD, Ohio – (September 21, 2015) –Rafael Muñoz-Carpena of the University of Florida, Gainesville, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2015 Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMS) (“ADS”) Soil and Water Engineering Award.  The ADS-sponsored award recognizes his outstanding research, methodology and educational contributions in the development and advancement of integrated hydrologic and water quality modeling. 

Muñoz-Carpena has established an internationally recognized research program that focuses on different aspects of hydrology processes including chemical fate and transport, water management for environmentally sustainable agricultural systems, plus the development and application of hydrologic and water quality computer simulation technologies.  He has also been an active member of ASABE for 22 years, and elected a Fellow this year.

“Mr. Muñoz-Carpena's work in storm water runoff control is widely-used as an industry best practice around the world," stated Bob Klein, executive vice president, Sales at ADS.  “His work has been and continues to be extremely important for natural resource management, which mirrors one of our company priorities.”

His numerical model for evaluation and design of vegetative filter strips (VFS) is a common best management practice used for surface runoff pollution control.  The model, used by environmental managers in the U.S. and abroad, provides objective engineering-based design criteria for VFS implementation.  He also developed modeling tools for the systematic analysis of complex environmental problems.

Muñoz-Carpena has authored or co-authored more than 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, research technical publications, a book, and is frequently sought worldwide as a speaker.  He has built a very active and successful graduate and post-graduate program as a major advisor to Ph.D. and M.S., as well as postdoctoral students.  He regularly hosts international scholars and has taught graduate level short courses in Spain, France, Belgium, and Mexico.  He is also a member of four honorary societies.

Sponsored by ADS/Hancor since 1966, the prestigious ADS Soil and Water Engineering Award is given annually in recognition of noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design construction, management or materials development.

“Our long-term partnership as the sponsor of this award gives us an opportunity to honor exceptional contributions to water quality and water management solutions,” Klein commented. “We are pleased to recognize  Mr. Muñoz-Carpena and his many accomplishments in this important field.”

Sponsored by ADS/Hancor since 1966, the prestigious ADS Soil and Water Engineering Award is given annually in recognition of noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design construction, management or materials development.

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