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George Tchobanoglous, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California Davis
Davis, California, United States

George Tchobanoglous, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.

Dr. Tchobanoglous is an accomplished engineer and consultant with nearly three decades of experience as a professional educator. From 1976 to 1995, he shared his knowledge as a professor of engineering at the University of California, Davis. Since 1995, he has held the designation of professor emeritus at the institution. Prior to serving as a full professor, Dr. Tchobanoglous was an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, from 1971 to 1976, an assistant professor from 1970 to 1971, and an acting assistant professor at Stanford University from 1967 to 1969.

Since attaining professor emeritus status in 1995, Dr. Tchobanoglous has continued to employ his expertise as an environmental engineering consultant. From 1990 to 2005, he served on the technical advisory board of Nishihara Co. Ltd., and from 1982 to 2017, he served on the board of directors of Whitley, Burchett & Associates Inc. Dr. Tchobanoglous has found additional success through his written work. He has authored or co-authored more than 620 technical publications, including 24 textbooks and eight reference works. In his field, his books are well known for successfully bridging the gap between academia and the day-to-day world of a professional engineer.

Dr. Tchobanoglous is a prolific presenter in his field and has given over 625 lectures, both in the United States and abroad. For his accomplishments, he has received both the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, among numerous additional honors. In 2022, he was awarded an Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal from the Water Environment Federation and a Lifetime Achievement Award from WateReuse California. In 2019, Dr. Tchobanoglous was inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and was made a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens. The Water Environment Federation named him an honoree and elected fellow in 2012. That same year, he was the first recipient of the Excellence in Engineering Education Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Dr. Tchobanoglous has kept abreast of developments in his field through his affiliations with multiple professional organizations and associations. He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, the California Water Pollution Control Association, and the Water Environment Federation. Additionally, he garnered early experience in his field as a research engineer with the University of California, Berkeley, from 1960 to 1962, and as a sanitary engineer for Water Resources Engineers Inc. from 1962 to 1963.

Alongside his primary positions, Dr. Tchobanoglous has dedicated his time to numerous civic endeavors. Since 2013, he has been a member and chair of the NWRI Clarke Prize Award Committee and has served as a member of the NWRI Panel for the City of Los Angeles on Indirect Potable Reuse. For more than a decade, he has contributed as a member of the NWRI Panel for the Orange County Water District Groundwater Replenishment System, and since 2005, he has been a member and chair of the NWRI Panel for the City of San Diego on Indirect Potable Reuse. Dr. Tchobanoglous also served for nearly 20 years on the technical advisory committee of the Aquaculture Project in San Diego.

Dr. Tchobanoglous prepared for his career at the University of the Pacific, earning a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1958. He continued his higher education at the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining a Master of Science in sanitary engineering in 1960, and graduated from Stanford University with a Doctor of Philosophy in environmental engineering in 1969. He holds multiple honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees, awarded by the Colorado School of Mines in 2005, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2017, and the Technical University of Crete in 2017. A Registered Civil Engineer in the state of California, Dr. Tchobanoglous considers teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, to be the highlight of his career. He initially considered becoming an artist instead of an engineer, and in his spare time, he enjoys photography and gardening.

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