IDA Announces Recipient of Fellowship Award

July 28, 2015
Prize includes attachment to Oman's Public Authority for Electricity and Water

The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced that Raed A.I. Bashitialshaaer, PhD, Dr. Eng., Lund University in Sweden, has been named the recipient of its 2014-15 Fellowship Award.

Bashitialshaaer will receive a monetary award of $10,000 and will participate in a six-week attachment with the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), located in Ruwi, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. PAEW is the host agency for the 2014-2015 IDA Fellowship Program.

Bashitialshaaer has worked extensively in desalination as an expert in such areas as brine discharge modeling and analysis of impacts especially for the Middle East region, e.g., the Gulf, Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, he has written a number of papers for the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal Project.

His research experience and fields of interest are environmental research; freshwater supply; cooperation between countries; water conflicts and solutions; desalination and brine discharge modeling; environmental impacts from desalination plants; and wastewater management.

Bashitialshaaer’s teaching experience and interests include environmental science and engineering, fluid mechanics, hydromechanics, engineering hydraulics, engineering hydrology, water resources engineering, water and wastewater treatment processes, introduction to desalination, and brine discharge.

In addition to earning his PhD at Lund University in Sweden, Dr. Bashitialshaaer received a Master of Science degree in water and wastewater management at the Department of Hydraulics-Civil Engineering at Near East University in Nicosia, Cyprus, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

The goal of the IDA Fellowship Award Program is to facilitate the advancement of global expertise in desalination and water reuse through the exchange of talents, knowledge and skills. It is now considered to be one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exceptional professional achievements and dedication to advancing desalination and water reuse.

Source: International Desalination Assn.

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