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2005 - A. Joel Kaplovsky

Rutgers News

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May 17, 2005

A. Joel Kaplovsky honored with Dennis Fenton Award

New Brunswick, NJ-- Dr. A. Joel Kaplovsky has been awarded the Dennis M. Fenton Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award by the Cook College Alumni Association.

Kaplovsky earned three degrees at Rutgers: a B.S. in Chemistry in 1940, an M.S. in Sanitation, Bacteriology and Microbial Physiology and a Ph.D. in Sanitary Engineering Limnology. He had a distinguished public career in Illinois and Delaware before returning to Rutgers to serve as graduate program director for the Department of Environmental Sciences. He served as chair of the Department of Environmental Science from 1967 to July 1982. He was appointed professor emeritus in May, 1987.

While on the faculty at Rutgers, Kaplovsky planned and undertook fundraising for the multi-million dollar Environment Science Research Building, which was dedicated in June, 1982. He also planned and established the first State Operator Training Center for Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Construction of this facility was completed in 1982.

Kaplovsky is the author of 67 technical and non-technical publications in the filed of water and waste, plus an additional 109 miscellaneous publications. He was the recipient of the A.S. Bedell Award for outstanding personal service in the sewage and industrial wastes field and is a Life Member of the Water Pollution Control Federation. In 1967, the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago multi-million dollar research and control laboratory was named the "Dr. A. Joel Kaplovsky Research and Control Laboratory" in his honor.