Bentley Systems, Incorporated, has announced that Bentley colleague, Thomas Walski, Ph.D. P.E., F. ASCE, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Julian Hinds Award, by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The Julian Hinds Award recognises the author or authors of a paper which makes the most important contribution to the field of water resources development, and/or to an individual for many years of distinguished service, or specific actions that have advanced engineering for planning, development, and management of water resources. According to ASCE, Walski was chosen for his ability to bring theory and practice together in the field of urban water engineering and planning, and for his prolific production of papers, presentations, reviews and books that have strongly contributed to and influenced the field of engineering.
Walski, who resides in Nanticoke, Pa., has served with Bentley Systems for nearly 20 years as a senior product manager and fellow, a designation recognising Bentley colleagues for their leadership, innovation, and participation in the advancement of technology. He is a co-holder of several patents in hydraulic analysis, and his research in the water industry has resulted in significant savings in water loss, energy, design costs, and project hours. Additionally, Walski has authored or contributed to more than 25 reference books, including as lead author on the most referenced book in the field, Advanced Water Distribution Modelling, and more than 100 conference papers and technical notes.
Prior to his tenure at Bentley Systems, Walski served as a research civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, planning engineer and manager of distribution operation for the city of Austin, Texas, executive director of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, director of the environmental engineering program at Wilkes University, engineering manager for Pennsylvania American Water Company, and held several positions for Haestad Methods.
Walski has received numerous awards and honours including being named as Civil Engineer of the Year for 2017 by the Lehigh Valley Section of ASCE, and as one of 50 water industry icons by Water and Wastes Digest in 2011. Early in his career, Walski was awarded as Outstanding Young Engineer by ASCE, Mississippi Section, in 1985.
Walski has served on and chaired numerous committees for ASCE and the American Water Works Association and is past editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering and associate editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
Walski said, “I’m extremely honoured to receive this award from ASCE. Water is a valuable resource. I hope that as a result of my work, we are doing a better job designing water and wastewater systems. I’ve really enjoyed working with the people in our industry.”