Bagley alumnus, professor receive prestigious ASCE honor

July 5, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. – A Bagley College of Engineering alumnus and professor are part of a team that has earned national recognition from the American Society of Civil Engineers for its accomplishments in civil engineering and water resources.

Dr René A. Camacho

Dr. René A. Camacho

René A. Camacho, a 2013 Ph.D. graduate in civil engineering, and current Bagley professor James L. Martin were part of a six-member team that received the 2016 Samuel Greeley Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute and is given in recognition of a paper that makes a valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession.

Camacho served the lead author of the paper, titled “Modeling the Factors Controlling Phytoplankton in the St. Louis Bay Estuary, Mississippi and Evaluating Estuarine Responses to Nutrient Load Modifications.” The paper was recently recognized at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Martin is the Kelley Gene Cook Sr. Chair, an endowed professorship in the Bagley College of Engineering.

Dr. James L. Martin

Dr. James L. Martin

Camacho earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and a master’s degree in water resources, both from the National University of Colombia. Camacho and Martin met in Bogota, Colombia, resulting in Camacho’s decision to attend MSU as a doctoral student in 2010.

“René was an exceptional student and researcher; I never doubted that he would become a leader in our field,” Martin noted. “I look back and am honored to be a part of his journey here at Mississippi State. René is highly deserving of this honor, and I am proud of all of his hard work.”

Camacho received multiple honors during his time at Mississippi State, including induction into the Bagley College Student Hall of Fame and being a two-time recipient of the BCoE Fellowship for Academic Excellence.

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By: Logan Treadaway