Dr. Willie Harper, professor of environmental engineering within AFIT's Graduate School of Engineering and Management, received the 2022 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Distinguished Service Award. The AEESP is composed of professors who engage in scholarship in the sciences and technologies related to environmental quality. The Distinguished Service award is given to the individual who exhibits excellence while fulfilling a three-year term of service on the AEESP Board of Directors.
Since being elected to the Board in 2019, Harper has made a number of significant contributions. He developed AEESP’s statement of core values, which includes its commitment to diversity and professional ethics, expanded efforts to prevent sexual assault by disseminating policies and best practices related to personal conduct in the workplace, and he revised the bylaws for the AEESP Foundation, designed membership surveys, reviewed grant applications, and participated in long term strategic planning. Harper also provided oversight for several AEESP subcommittees.
Harper’s participation on the Board has had a positive impact on AFIT outreach efforts. More people learned about AFIT, its military-focused mission, and the research opportunities that exists with the DoD. For example, Harper informed numerous AEESP members about the Air Force Research Laboratory's Summer Faculty Fellowship program and opportunities to collaborate with AFIT. As a result of this outreach, junior faculty from California State University, Fullerton and Marshall University will be participants in the 2022 SFFP.
Harper will receive a plaque for the Distinguished Service Award in June 2022 at the AEESP Research and Education Conference in St. Louis, Mo.