The Walker Award winner for 2015-16 is Carlos F. Mantilla Pena. Carlos is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Carlos is beginning the second year of his Ph.D. studies after completing his M.S. in civil and environmental engineering at Tech in 2014 and transitioning from a background in industrial engineering. He is currently investigating residential water meter inaccuracies for a local water utility with the goal of implementing a meter replacement program.
Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to recognize and support graduate students in water resources who are pursuing work in a field different from their undergraduate study, or who have returned to school following a period of professional work. More information about this program is available HERE.