Sorber wins national service award from the Water Environment Federation

University of Texas at Austin professor Charles Sorber has won the Water Environment Federation award for “extraordinary personal service,” which included serving as president and member on six committees over the last 23 years.

The environmental and water resources engineer won the William J. Orchard Medal for being a “tireless member, volunteer, and ambassador” for the Water Environment Federation, an educational and technical organization that works to improve water quality. The Orchard Medal is the organization’s most prestigious honor, and is rarely awarded—Sorber is the first recipient in the past seven years.

As the federation’s president, Sorber encouraged the organization to support the Stockholm Water Prize, a prestigious water environment award that solicits worldwide competition. Sorber was also heavily involved in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, awarded with the regular prize at an annual symposium that draws 1,300 attendees from around the world.

He is currently a special engineering advisor for The University of Texas System and professor at the Austin campus. He has also served as associate dean of the College of Engineering, president of The University of Texas at the Permian Basin. He was interim president of The University of Texas at Arlington, and has also served in a variety of other academic, research and administrative positions.