DWFI congratulates Director of Research Christopher Neale, who was honored by The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with the Royce J. Tipton Award. The award recognizes contributions to the advancement of irrigation and drainage engineering in teaching, research, planning, design, construction, or management. Neale accepted the award at the EWRI (Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the ASCE) conference in Atlanta, Georgia on June 7 and gave a presentation of his work and the importance of mentoring and collaboration during his career.
Neale was recognized for his significant contributions on the use of remote sensing for estimating evapotranspiration of agricultural crops, irrigation water management and hydrology, and the education of irrigation engineers.
ASCE noted his decades long career, world-renowned authority on applications and advancement of irrigation and drainage engineering, global partnerships, outstanding performance in every career role including, his current role at DWFI, and his academic accomplishments: Neale has authored or co-authored 123 peer-reviewed publications, and they have been cited more than 5,700 times. He has served as the major advisor to 23 master’s students and 22 doctoral students.
“It is definitely an honor to receive this recognition and I am thankful for having had impactful mentors, colleagues and graduate students over my career that have contributed to my success," said Neale.