Carnegie Mellon University
May 19, 2016

Mauter and Small Honored by College of Engineering

Mauter and Small Honored by College of Engineering Two CEE/EPP professors have been awarded a 2016 College of Engineering Award for their exemplary accomplishments, research, and leadership at the university.

The George Tallmann Ladd Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential, was given to Assistant Professor Meagan Mauter (CEE/EPP). Mauter’s research looks at enabling energy efficient water treatment technologies by addressing the technical and structural barriers to their implementation.  

Recent work has focused on the development of membranes with improved mass transfer and fouling resistance, desalination technologies that leverage low temperature heat as an energy input, and processes for treating alternative feed streams, including high salinity oil and gas produced water and low salinity brackish water.

CEE Head Dave Dzombak says that “Meagan Mauter’s research addresses engineering challenges at the nexus of water and energy systems, focused especially on membrane separations and desalination. Her work impressively ranges from basic material properties, through process behaviors, to systems and policy-level analyses. We are fortunate to have Professor Mauter as a member of the faculty.”

The Outstanding Mentoring Award, given to a faculty member in recognition of excellence in mentoring of graduate students and/or junior faculty, is awarded to Heinz Professor Mitch Small (CEE/EPP). Small researches methods for characterizing uncertainty in environmental and energy systems, implications of uncertainty for regulatory decisions, and the value of information, which can lead to reduced uncertainty and improved decision-making.

Since joining the CEE faculty in 1982, Small has advised many graduate students and has been actively involved with mentoring junior faculty during his tenure at the university.

Through his teaching, students are equipped with quantitative tools in statistical and process modeling that enables them to excel in practice, academia, and government. Professor Small advises an average of 10 undergraduates and 10 graduate students each year. He has been a highly successful advisor or co-advisor of 50 PhD and thesis-MS students with students going into professional practice, academics, and governmental careers.

Professor Small is a much sought-after co-advisor by his faculty colleagues.  He has given generously of his time in co-advising, and in so doing he has mentored several generations of junior faculty.  He teaches by example in his patience and support of students while at the same time leading them to accomplish more than they knew they could.

“Mitch Small has been an outstanding mentor to CEE and EPP students at all levels since joining the faculty in 1982,” says Dave Dzombak.  “He has also been an outstanding mentor for junior faculty, joining them in co-advising students and sharing his unique scientific insights and at the same time his warm, supportive approach with students.”