Digital Water Works CEO Dr. Paul F. Boulos Honored with ASCE 2019 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture

Dr. Boulos recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve challenging water quality problems

Denver, Colorado USA, April 2, 2019 – Digital Water Works, a leading global innovator of digital twin solutions for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Dr. Paul F. Boulos, its Chief Executive Officer, was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) to receive the 2019 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture. The award ceremony and keynote lecture will be held on Thursday, May 23, at the Environmental Council Luncheon and Award ceremony at the EWRI Congress in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Boulos is recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most challenging water quality problems. He is also recognized for his reputation as one of the world’s foremost experts in computational hydraulics, water resources and navigation engineering, acclaimed for his practical and scientific expertise in both academe and the corporate world.

“Paul is an inspirational leader for the profession, working tirelessly to elevate engineering practice, both technically and professionally,” said Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, ASCE Executive Director. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations and my appreciation for his longstanding dedication, friendship and many contributions to ASCE, the civil engineering profession, and ultimately to humanity.”

“Paul Boulos, a member of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council, shows passion and leadership in everything he does,” said ASCE President Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, “Paul’s contributions to the Civil Engineering profession and ASCE are numerous. His understanding and pursuit of innovation and change are two of the most important reasons why Paul has such a positive impact on communities throughout the world. Congratulations Paul for receiving this recognition and I am very proud and honored to call you my friend!”

Deborah H. Lee, PE, PH, D.WRE, F.ASCE, EWRI Vice President commented, “This distinguished award is a fitting acknowledgment of Paul’s eminence in the field of water and wastewater engineering. He is a uniquely positive force for the greater good and his achievements confer prestige on the award and our engineering profession. We thank and congratulate him for his lifetime of achievements, tireless efforts, exemplary service to our profession and community, and advocacy for the advancement of water resources research and work.”

“I am deeply honored to receive this illustrious award and present the annual Simon W. Freese lecture at the 2019 EWRI Congress,” said Dr. Boulos. “It is humbling to be mentioned in the same breath as the distinguished past recipients. They truly exemplify our noble profession’s greatest values. Guided by their passion to create better communities, they have helped build the world’s infrastructure, advanced the state of the art in our profession, and made a shining difference in the lives of so many. I aspire to live up to their high standard of exemplary leadership and engineering excellence, and staying on their path toward improving our society by making a transformative impact on our communities.”

“This award reminds me why I do what I do,” Dr. Boulos concluded. “Knowing that I can help improve the lives of our clients and build a better world gives me enormous satisfaction. We are so fortunate to be able to serve a noble profession that truly enhances the quality of life for all.”

Dr. Boulos is one of the world’s foremost experts on water resources and navigation engineering and the author of ten authoritative books and more than 200 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry. He is a recipient of the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest accolades; the ASCE John I. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award; the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation; the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Community Service Award from the Rene Moawad Foundation; and the Lebanese American University Alumni of the Year Award. Dr. Boulos was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the highest honor the university bestows on its alumni; the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in Europe; and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. He was also awarded the Honorary Diplomate (Hon.D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) as well as Distinguished Diplomate, Navigation Engineering (Dist. D.NE) by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), the highest honors for both academies. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society’s highest honor, and a Diplomate (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Among his many professional involvements, Dr. Boulos is president of ACOPNE and past president of AAWRE, and serves on the Boards of Trustees of both organizations. He also sits on the Advisory Group for the NAE Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society; the ASCE Industry Leaders Council; the Advisory Boards of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space at Columbia University and the Environmental Engineering Science Program at Washington University in St. Louis; and the Board of Directors of America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST).

Boulos received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a B.S. in General Science from the Lebanese American University. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

About Digital Water Works

Digital Water Works is a new breed of engineering technology solutions provider dedicated to innovating exclusively for the global water and wastewater industry. The company strategically combines the power of cloud computing, AI, IoT sensors, pervasive engineering simulation, GIS, enterprise asset management and advanced analytics to seamlessly build and implement comprehensive, reliable digital twin solutions for smarter, more sustainable and resilient wet infrastructure. The result is real-time, actionable insights that empower water and wastewater utilities to optimize and transform their businesses and keep their infrastructures operating well into the future at the lowest life-cycle cost. Founded in 2018 by Dr. Paul F. Boulos, the Denver-based company is supported by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board of leading technology, management and engineering experts serving the water industry. For more information, visit or connect with Digital Water Works on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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