Prof wins international recognition for her water work

Thursday, October 1, 2020

A professor at Waterloo Engineering has been honoured by an international organization for Earth and space scientists.

Nandita Basu is the 2020 winner of the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Nandita Basu

Nandita Basu is a professor of civil and environmental engineering.

The annual award goes to a mid-career female scientist who has made significant contributions as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientists.

Winners are recognized for their creative research skills, and excellence as science educators and mentors.

Basu is a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and earth and environmental sciences. She is a member of the Water Institute and director of the Collaborative Water Program at Waterloo.

She studies the role humans play in water availability and quality through changing land use and climate, and provides innovative solutions to water sustainability challenges.

Basu currently leads the Lake Futures project, which aims to deliver adaptive watershed and land management solutions to minimize tradeoffs between lake ecosystems, water uses and economic growth.

The award is named after Elizabeth Sulzman, an isotope biogeochemist and soil scientist who inspired undergraduate students at Oregon State University.