Chaubey Awarded ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award
Writer(s): Amy Cooper
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indrajeet Chaubey, a professor and head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, is the 2014 recipient of the ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award, an honor recognizing noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering given by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
The award was presented to Chaubey for his accomplishments and contributions in the development of knowledge to improve watershed management and in educating and mentoring young professionals. He was recognized on July 16 at the Annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Meeting Awards Luncheon in Quebec, Canada.
Chaubey's research aims to advance the understanding of water transportation and improve water quality and watershed management by integrating field data collection with simulation-based engineering and computational thinking. He is interested in how ecohydrologicical processes affect the fate and transport of sediment, nutrients and pesticides from various land use activities.
Innovations in Chaubey's research include a systems approach where upland and aquatic ecosystem processes are considered in order to develop holistic watershed management strategies. By enabling development of improved methods for model calibration and uncertainty analysis, much of his research has benefited the modeling community.
Based on emerging science and engineering issues, Chaubey has also developed new courses. He has taught graduate and undergraduate students and supervised the research work of 8 post-doctoral research scientists and 28 graduate students.
Chaubey has been a member of the society for 21 years and has contributed his leadership to numerous Soil and Water division committees as well as various award committees. He has also received ASABE's New Holland Young Researcher award and Superior Paper award in the past.
The ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award was created 1966 and sponsored by then Hancock Brick & Tile Co. (now ADS/Hancor). The award recognizes noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design, construction, management or development of materials.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers was founded in 1907 and is an international, educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, food and agricultural systems. The headquarters are located in St. Joseph, Michigan with members in over 100 countries.