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Engineering Professor Receives National Environmental Achievement Award for Public Service

By Keith Pierce

Old Dominion University professor Vishnu Lakdawala recently received the National Association of Clean Water Agencies' (NACWA) annual National Environmental Achievement Award for Local Public Service at the organization's winter meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lakdawala is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. Appointed by the past five governors, he has represented Virginia Beach as commissioner of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) since 2002. Lakdawala has also served as the chairman of the HRSD Commission for seven years.

"This is indeed a wonderful recognition and I proudly share it with my colleagues," Lakdawala said. "I have to sincerely thank the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, and Old Dominion University for providing a home to me over the years and allowing me to provide the local service to HRSD."

The National Environmental Achievement Award Program recognizes individuals and NACWA member agencies that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and the clean-water community.

NACWA is recognized as a national leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on clean-water issues, as well as a top technical resource for water management, sustainability and ecosystem protection interests.

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