Sep 18, 2014

Clemson University Professor Wins NGWA's Top Science Award

Professor Fred J. Molz III honored for major science contributions to the knowledge of groundwater

Clemson University Prof. Fred J. Molz III NGWA 2014 M. King Hubbert Award

Professor Fred J. Molz III of Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., received the National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) 2014 M. King Hubbert Award for major science contributions to the knowledge of groundwater.

The award will be presented this December during NGWA's Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting, taking place in Las Vegas.

Molz is research professor and distinguished scientist emeritus at Clemson’s department of environmental engineering and earth sciences. Prior to that, he held the position of professor. Molz also has served as South Carolina Universities Research & Education Foundation distinguished scientist, and Huff Eminent Scholar and Feagin Professor of Civil Engineering in Auburn University’s civil engineering department.

Among Molz’s noted accomplishments is field research work in Mobile, Ala., first funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, and later by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Initially, the fieldwork explored thermal energy storage in aquifers, and its transport and dispersion in groundwater. The research results undermined the unqualified application of scale-dependent and macrodispersion concepts, along with other concepts of stationary stochastic hydrology.

The research results also motivated the development of the electromagnetic borehole flowmeter with colleagues at the Tennessee Valley Authority, enabling the measurement of the vertical variation of hydraulic conductivity and greater awareness of ambient flow in wells.

Molz’s other distinctions include American Geophysical Union Fellow and Horton Award recipient; American Institute of Hydrology emeritus member and C.V. Theis Award recipient; NGWA member, Scientists and Engineers Div.; and Geological Society of America Fellow.