Past WRL staff member awarded the best PhD in Water Engineering internationally

Dr Conrad Wasko, a former Project Engineer at WRL, has been awarded the highly competitive title of having “the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields” globally.

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Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund, this award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, hydrology, ecohydraulics, or related fields. The Lorenz G. Straub is a competitive international prize, and nominations may be made by any recognised affiliated program in the world.

In the past 52 years, only four scientists from Australian universities have received this prestigious award. Conrad's PhD supervisor, Professor Ashish Sharma, says Conrad "deserves it in spades, given the multiple journal publications including two in the Nature publishing group, several invitations to deliver lectures internationally, and the significant impact his work has made on engineering design under a changing climate."

Conrad will be presented the award on November 13, 2018 in a special ceremony hosted by the University of Minnesota.

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