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March 27, 2014

Pioneering Water Researcher Named to Order of Canada

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Edmonton—Civil and Environmental Engineering professor emeritus Daniel Smith has been named to the Order of Canada. Smith was appointed officer of the Order of Canada for "his contributions as an environmental engineer, designing water and energy management systems in northern Canada," according to a citation from the Governor General’s office.

A faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for almost three decades, Smith directed countless engineering research projects devoted to cleaning up effluent from industry — from Edmonton wastewater treatment and oilsands production to forestry. He was one of three principal investigators of the Forest Watershed and Riparian Disturbance (FORWARD) Project studying the impact of forest management practices on water quality.

He has also served as president of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and chair of the Western Canada Water Environment Association, and is currently president of the International Ozone Association’s Pan American group.

Retired from teaching since 2006, Smith supervised more than 200 graduate students in addition to co-founding and leading the U of A’s undergraduate program in environmental engineering. But of his many accomplishments, Smith says watching graduate students perform gives him the most pride.


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