(WESTERVILLE, OH — October 25, 2013) John Selker, Ph.D., of Oregon State University and Scott Tyler, Ph.D., of the University of Reno in Reno, Nevada, received the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering from the National Ground Water Association.
This award honoring significant scientific or engineering contributions to the understanding of groundwater will be presented at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, this December.
Selker and Tyler were recognized for their roles in the development of fiber optic distributed temperature sensing (DTS) technology for hydrologic systems.
“I am of the unwavering conviction that the development of DTS technology…is one of the most significant contributions to groundwater science in recent years,” said nominator Gaisheng Liu, Ph.D., of the Kansas Geological Survey. “Unlike the conventional point-based measurement approaches…DTS can provide relatively high-resolution temporal and spatial temperature measurements along a fiber optic cable of up to 10,000 meters in length.
“Both working together and separately, Drs. Selker and Tyler have made significant contributions in exploring the potential of this technology for the hydrologic sciences, communicating their findings in a wide range of forums, and providing technical support and assistance to others working with this technology,” Liu said.
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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