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Randall slated for national recognition

By Liz Crumbley

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 38 - August 13, 1998

Virginia Tech Engineering Professor Clifford W. Randall has been selected for national recognition as an engineering educator. The Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international non-profit educational and technical organization with 40,000 members, will present the Gordon Maskew Fair Medal for Service in Engineering Education to Randall during the organization's annual conference in Orlando, Florida, in October.
Randall, an endowed professor in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tech, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 29 years at the university. He has directed 26 Ph.D. students and 100 M.S. students to completion of their degrees, and has served on graduate committees for at least three times that number of students.
As one of the nation's leading educators and researchers in the field of wastewater engineering, Randall has been a mentor to several highly successful engineers. His former graduate students include Elizabeth Turner, the first woman president of WEF; H. Randall Edwards, former president of New River Community College and a current vice-president of George Mason University; and several heads of engineering firms, including William Aden of Draper Aden Associates and Kenneth Anderson of Anderson & Associates, both of Blacksburg.
Randall also has been honored for the research he has conducted since the early 1970s that has led to significant reductions in nutrient pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1996 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented him with the Mathias Medal for his bay-related research, and in 1994 he received the Governor's Salute to Excellence from the State of Maryland for his efforts to protect the bay.
The WEF Fair Medal commemorates former Harvard sanitation-engineering professor Gordon Maskew Fair, a pioneer in the field of environmental engineering. Fair was the first recipient of the medal, presented annually since 1968.