2012 ABE College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alum
Posted: October 9, 2012
This year the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award is being presented to Dr. David Curtis. This award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for those recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students, and other alumni.
For the past 36 years, Dr. Curtis has been on the leading edge of hydro-meteorological and flood risk management services. He has been involved in the design, development, and implementation of award winning innovations in more than 50 automated environmental and flood monitoring systems across the US and in eighteen countries abroad.
Since 1993, Dr. Curtis has been applying new weather information technologies such as radar-rainfall estimates to hydrologic analysis and modeling. Internationally recognized as an expert on hydrology, Dr. Curtis has authored more than seventy technical articles and reports. In June 1989, Dr. Curtis accepted the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Innovative Uses of Information Technology in the “Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment” category. Dr. Curtis also received the US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior service for the development and implementation of the Norwich, CT, flood warning system.
Dr. Curtis received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Penn State in 1972, his M.S.in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. in Water Resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.