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American Society of Civil Engineers honors scholar of water issues

NYU-Poly director of environmental engineering Mohammad Karamouz lauded for research and leadership

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IMAGE: The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded Mohammad Karamouz, the director of the environmental engineering program at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, its 2013 Service to the Profession Award. view more

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NEW YORK, March 26, 2013 - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded Mohammad Karamouz, the director of the environmental engineering program at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), its 2013 Service to the Profession Award. The prize acknowledges his work with ASCE's Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), his innovative research, textbooks, editorial contributions to the ASCE journal and leadership.

Karamouz has been affiliated with NYU-Poly since 2008 and is a professor in its Department of Civil and Urban Engineering. He was previously the dean of engineering and a professor in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute and founder of the New York City-based firm Arch Construction and Consulting. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

The author of six textbooks and 300 scholarly papers, Karamouz has also served in an editorial capacity on such periodicals as the Iran-Water Resources Research Journal and the ASCE Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management. His research interests include environmental systems management and environmental sustainability, climate change, urban water infrastructures, flood resistant cities, water security, disaster management, large-scale watershed management and data mining. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the World Bank and UNESCO, among other major organizations.

Provost and Acting President Katepalli R. Sreenivasan said: "We are proud to have Professor Karamouz as head of our environmental engineering program; the students he helps educate are going to be instrumental in ensuring the health and sustainability of our world. His scholarship has added to humanity's understanding of one of our most vital resources. It is gratifying to see him being honored by ASCE for his dedication and service."


Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. The EWRI is one of the organization's specialty institutes, and its mission is to integrate technical expertise and public policy into the planning, design, construction and operation of environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure impacting air, land and water resources.

About Polytechnic Institute of New York University

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Polytechnic University, now widely known as NYU-Poly) is an affiliated institute of New York University, soon to be its School of Engineering. NYU-Poly, founded in 1854, is the nation's second-oldest private engineering school. It is presently a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a 159-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. It remains on the cutting edge of technology, innovatively extending the benefits of science, engineering, management and liberal studies to critical real-world opportunities and challenges, especially those linked to urban systems, health and wellness, and the global information economy. In addition to its programs on the main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it offers programs around the globe remotely through NYUe-Poly. NYU-Poly is closely connected to engineering in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai and to the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) also at MetroTech, while operating two incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit

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