WATER conservation looms as one of the most critical environmental issues of the century and a Murdoch University academic and one of his students have been lauded for their contributions to the cause.
Academic chair of environmental engineering Martin Anda was named Water Professional of the Year at the recent Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards while graduate Ashwin Nayak received the Student Water Prize.
Dr Anda was recognised for his teaching and research efforts in water sustainability and pollution control, his leadership in the community and industry and his input into government policy.
Mr Nayak’s success came in the wake of his final year thesis project, which developed a tool to support efficient outdoor water use for residents at a new development in White Gum Valley.
Dr Anda said the awards were great recognition for the environmental engineering program at Murdoch University.
“The design, delivery and ongoing development of environmental engineering at Murdoch is my proudest achievement, and it is wonderful to have this work recognised by my peers in the water industry,” he said.
“This program attracts smart young minds and these people are graduating from the program to find exciting careers in the water industry.”
One of those minds belongs to Mr Nayak, who graduated with First Class Honours in September and sits on the Young Water Professionals Committee of the AWA.
“The assessment process for the prize included a presentation in front of a judging panel which consisted of numerous water professionals,” he said.
“While it was a challenging experience, it was incredibly fun and an excellent way to finish off my academic career. It was also a great opportunity to make connections and build experience as I begin my career in this industry.”
All three finalists for the AWA Student Water Prize were from Murdoch University.