Recognizing Research Innovation,
Subscriber Applied Research
The success of the Water Research Foundation is reliant on the active support of our
subscribing utilities and the research community. These two constituencies are at the core
of what we do—advancing the science of water to protect public health. The Foundation
would like to start formally recognizing their contributions.
To that end, the Foundation has established two new award programs. The Research
Innovation Award honors researchers and research teams who have made significant
contributions to advancing the science of water through Foundation-sponsored research.
The Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research honors subscribing utilities that have made notable
improvements to their treatment, delivery, and/or management processes through the successful application of
The Board of Trustees’ Awards Committee (comprised of representatives from the Board of Trustees and Foundation
staff) has established the award policies and procedures and will select the annual award winners.
Research Innovation Award
The recipient of the 2012 Research Innovation Award is Jennifer Clancy, PhD, of Tetra Tech, Inc. Dr. Clancy discovered
that UV inactivates Cryptosporidium, helping drinking water utilities to meet pathogen regulations. After her initial
discovery, Dr. Clancy was one of the founders of the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) and served as its
international president from 2001–2003. Today, she is an internationally-recognized expert in monitoring, testing, and
inactivation of pathogens in drinking water.
Outstanding Subscriber Awards for Applied Research
This year, we identified two recipients of the Foundation’s Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research.
One was presented to American Water, which has exhibited exemplary leadership through its participation on at
least 14 Foundation research projects during the last five years. American Water was significantly involved in tackling
issues related to managing distribution system pressure management, meter management, back flow, corrosion, and
A second Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research was presented to the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection, which consistently supports the Foundation through its active involvement in the creation
of research as an applied consumer. Their leadership and participation in more than 35 projects during the last five
years on a broad number of research topics helps to ensure that the Foundation work is useful not only to the City of
New York, but to the water utility community in general.
Congratulations to all the winners. Please visit our Website to learn more about these new award programs. Online
nomination forms for the 2013 awards will be available in July.
Robert C. Renner, PE, BCEE