The National Groundwater Association (NGWA) is honoring Clemson University professor Fred J. Molz with the 2014 M. King Hubbert Award.
The top science honor recognizes Molz for major science contributions to the knowledge of groundwater. It will be presented at the annual NGWA Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, in December.
Molz’s research motivated the development of the electromagnetic borehole flowmeter with colleagues at the Tennessee Valley Authority. The development enabled the measurement of vertical variation of hydraulic conductivity and greater awareness of ambient flow in wells.
The research explored thermal energy storage in aquifers and its transport and dispersion in groundwater.
The field work, completed in Mobile, Ala., was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, and later by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Molz is research professor and distinguished scientist emeritus in Clemson’s Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.
He has also served as South Carolina Universities Research & Education Foundation distinguished scientist, and Huff Eminent Scholar and Feagin Professor of Civil Engineering in Auburn University’s Civil Engineering Department.
Molz is an NGWA member, American Geophysical Union Fellow and Horton Award recipient, American Institute of Hydrology emeritus member and C.V. Theis Award recipient, and Geological Society of America Fellow.
NGWA is a nonprofit that supports responsible development, management and use of water resources. It’s comprised of groundwater professionals ranging from contractors to equipment manufacturers to scientists and engineers. For more information, visit www.ngwa.org.