On August 21, at the opening ceremony of the 40th IAHR World Congress hosted by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), the Arthur Thomas Ippen Award was conferred to Professor Chunhui Lu of Hohai University, China, for his outstanding achievements in groundwater research and application. He also delivered an Ippen Lecture at the Congress.
The Arthur Thomas Ippen Award was established by the IAHR Council in 1977 to reward experts and scholars who have demonstrated their outstanding record of accomplishment in basic hydraulic research and/or applied hydraulic engineering. It is an internationally influential academic achievement award in water conservancy. It is awarded every two years, and it is only one person that is nominated each time. Professor Chunhui Lu is the second Chinese to win the award.
Professor Chunhui Lu, selected for a national talent program, mainly engages in teaching and research on the protection and sustainable utilization of water resources. He has published 4 monographs , delivered over 140 SCI papers, and granted more than 30 invention patents. He has also presided over around 30 scientific research projects at home and abroad such as a national key R&D plan project of the 14th Five-Year Plan and a general program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Professor Lu has successively won honors such as the Jiangsu Youth May 4th Medal, the Liu Guangwen Youth Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, and the Research Award from the Australian National Center for Groundwater Research and Training. Moreover, he once led the academic team named Model of Groundwater Dynamic Process and Environmental Restoration, which was selected as an outstanding scientific and technological innovation team of universities in Jiangsu Province.