The First Annual Professor Desmond Lawler Lecture

October 25, 2022

New Challenges Posed by Toxic Organic Compounds in Drinking Water

Presented by:
Dr. David Reckhow, University of Massachusetts

The University of Texas at Austin
Mulva Auditorium, Engineering Education and Research Center
October 6, 2022 at 3:30 PM

The Speaker:

Dr. David Reckhow is internationally known for his research on natural organic matter (NOM) in natural systems and in drinking water, chemical oxidation of organic compounds in water, and disinfection by-products (DBPs). In 2019, he received the A.P. Black Award from the American Water Works Association, their highest research award. Dave recently served as Director of an EPA drinking water center, the Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS). He has been on the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts since 1985, and is currently professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

The Lawler Fund and Lecture:

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) program at UT-Austin has initiated the Professor Desmond Lawler Lecture Series to carry on the legacy that Des created in his 41 years (1980-2021) on the faculty.  In addition to his dedicated commitment to teaching and research, Des spearheaded the Environmental and Water Resources Program’s goal of fostering strong relationships among students, faculty and alumni.  His efforts led to the growth of a tight-knit community in which academic work, softball, and social activities are embedded in EWRE culture. The Lawler Excellence Fund seeks to maintain that synergy of high-quality academic work and strong community culture by providing funds for both this annual “Lawler Lecture” to be given by a prominent researcher and an annual welcome event that introduces new students to this culture. Donations to support the Desmond and Alice Lawler Endowed Excellence Fund in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering are welcome and can be made by clicking here.

An introduction to the Lawler Lecture Series and to Dr. Reckhow was given by Dr. Lynn Katz of the EWRE program.  The entire event is available on YouTube.