Kosson receives international award at conference in France

David S. Kosson, chair of civil and environmental engineering, received the 2009 ISCOWA Award given by the International Society for the Environmental and Technical Implications of Construction with Alternative Materials at the WASCON meeting in Lyon, France June 5.


The ISCOWA award is given to one individual every three years who is recognized by international peers as having contributed most significantly to the use of alternative materials (such as recycled materials and secondary materials like coal combustion and industrial byproducts) in construction applications.

Kosson is the winner of the sixth ISCOWA Award. He received the Award from Annette Johnson of EAWAG Switzerland, the winner of the fifth Award in 2006.

“I view this as recognition of the efforts of our entire team here at Vanderbilt, including professors Florence Sanchez and Andrew Garrabrants, Rosanne Delapp, Dr. Hamp Turner and others who have contributed to this effort,” Kosson said. “In addition, this has been a collaborative effort with colleagues at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and USEPA, where I especially note Greg Helms at the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and Susan Thorneloe at the Office of Research and Development. I also thank my colleagues at the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) and the Department of Energy for their ongoing support in these efforts.”

Kosson was cited for “twenty years of research and leadership in leaching assessment and test methods development as well as working with the USEPA and international agencies in adopting those techniques as part of environmental compatibility assessments.”

In 1992, a group of scientists primarily from The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, but also from France, Canada and the United States, founded ISCOWA and launched the first international WASCON conference, which became and remains the main activity of ISCOWA.