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Blog Post · February 16, 2018

Jay Lund Elected to National Academy of Engineering

photo - Aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Jay LundJay Lunddirector of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and adjunct fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center―has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Lund is one of ninety-nine new members in this year’s class. He was cited “for analysis of water and environmental policy issues leading to integrated water resources planning and management.”

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions in engineering. It is one of four organizations that comprise the National Academies, established by Congress to advise the nation on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.

As a professor of civil and environmental engineering, Lund has led the development and application of large-scale modeling for California’s water supply, as well as modeling studies for managing floods, climate change adaptation, water marketing, water utility planning, and integrated water resources management.

“Jay has been an essential partner to the PPIC Water Policy Center. He is also one of the most important thinkers on California water issues today,” said Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the center. “He thinks about problems from all angles—infrastructure, operations, economics, ecosystems, hazards—making him one of a kind. And he has guided numerous UC Davis graduate students who went on to become water leaders here in California and around the world.”

Lund said he’s thrilled at the honor. “I’d like to think this shows that my specialty of linking hydrologic and economic analysis for our big water challenges is valued—and also that the highest levels of the engineering profession value of engineers working with others, such as PPIC, to inform and aid with policy problems. That’s really gratifying,” said Lund.

The NAE is a nonprofit that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. The new class of engineers will be formally inducted during a ceremony in Washington, DC, in September.

Congratulations to Jay Lund on this well-deserved honor.

Learn more

Read “Storing Water for Dry Days,” an interview with Jay Lund (PPIC Blog)

Lund has been involved in many of PPIC’s most important water reports. Here is a complete list of his PPIC water publications.



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