University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) investigator Dr. Eduardo Sáez has won the University Distinguished Professor award for 2011. This prestigious award was created to recognize one UA faculty member per year. An awardee is nominated by his peers and selected by a university-wide committee. Distinguished Professors must demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education. This includes employing the highest standards of teaching, as well as effective mentoring and advising skills, over a minimum of a ten- year period of time. In addition, a distinguished record of research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals, is required, and research scholarship must be incorporated into classroom learning.
Dr. Sáez is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at the UA. He has taught chemical engineering classes at the graduate and undergraduate level for 12 years, and says he “enjoys teaching very much!” Prior to receiving this career-long distinction, he received numerous teaching awards at the department, college, and university level. Dr. Sáez is an investigator on two current UA SRP projects. He collaborates with Dr. Eric Betterton on the characterization of wind-blown dust from mining operations. In addition, he works with Dr. Wendell Ela and other UA SRP investigators to study arsenic speciation behavior and control at contaminated waste sites.
The Distinguished Professor award will be presented to Dr. Sáez at the Arizona Board of Induction Ceremony in December, 2011. Please join us in congratulating him on this special honor!