Dr. David S. Bowles, a professor from Utah State University was awarded the 2003 Governor’s Medal in Science and Technology, which is Utah’s highest honor in those fields
Dr. David S. Bowles, a professor from Utah State University was awarded the 2003 Governor’s Medal in Science and Technology, which is Utah’s highest honor in those fields. He received the medal on May 20 at a luncheon at the governor’s mansion to honor all nine recipients. Bowles’ career has been equally as impressive. A professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State, Dr. Bowles has spent 32 years becoming a leader in dam safety risk assessment.
He has served as director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory and has worked with numerous governments and private firms to reduce the severe risks associated with dam failure. “Dr. Bowles is an enthusiastic and honest water engineer,” says Ronald Sims, director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory. “He has devoted his professional career to enhancing the safety of human life and preserving water resources.” Bowles has conducted risk assessments on more than 400 dams and provided other related services worldwide in countries such as England, Australia, Tunisia, Austria, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia. His contributions are also local, such as his involvement with the Great Salt Lake flood mitigation and spillway evaluation. “Dave has been an outstanding mentor for numerous graduate students who have gone on to outstanding careers,” says A. Bruce Bishop, Emeritus Deans of Engineering at Utah State.
The Governor’s Medal award was initiated in 1987 to recognize those that made career achievements or provided distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah in the areas of Science and Technology in one of five categories: Academia, Science Education, Industry, Government, and a Special Category. Writer: Anna Brunson, (435) 881-1323, firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Heather Greenwall, Utah Science Advisory Council Secretary, email@example.com