Liljestrand Named UT’s Outstanding Graduate Adviser

     Dr. Howard M. Liljestrand, graduate adviser for the Department of Civil Engineering, has been selected as outstanding graduate adviser by The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School. He will be recognized May 22 at the Graduate School Convocation for master’s degree candidates.

     Among the criteria for the honor, which carries a $1,000 stipend, are recruiting and retaining high quality graduate students, being accessible to students, preventing as well as resolving problems, and contributing to the professional and academic socialization of graduate students.

     Liljestrand has been a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering the past 19 years and previously served as graduate adviser of the environmental and water resources engineering area of the department.

     "The keys to being a good graduate adviser are to work with an excellent graduate coordinator like Kathy Rose, recruit superb graduate students, and treat them as colleagues," Liljestrand said. During his six-year tenure as graduate adviser, the number of civil engineering graduate students within the College of Engineering has fluctuated between 330 and 460 students.

     In addition to his adviser duties, Liljestrand teaches and researches air and water chemistry to aid in environmental pollution reduction.