The Camp Applied Research Award was established in 1928 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF). WEF is an American not-for-profit technical and educational organization with over 30,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations, representing water quality professionals globally.
This prestigious award is presented to a WEF member who demonstrates a unique application of basic research or fundamental principles through the design or development of a wastewater collection or treatment system. The Camp Applied Research Award, originating in 1965, is named after Thomas R. Camp — an eminent American environmental engineer, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the founder of the renowned consulting firm CDM Smith.
Dr. Deng’s recognition stems from his creative contributions to physicochemical treatment technologies and inventive engineering design strategies. These contributions enable innovative engineering solutions in the areas spanning from drinking water treatment, wastewater reclamation, groundwater remediation, to stormwater management and harvesting. Besides this esteemed research award, Prof. Yang Deng’s outstanding contributions have garnered other global and national recognitions. He was honored with the Project Innovation Award (Gold Winner) by the International Water Association (IWA) in 2022 and the Superior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) in 2019.