Mines professor honored with Swedish doctorate

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 2, 2009 – Tissa H. Illangasekare, AMAX Distinguished Chair of Environmental Science and Engineering and professor of civil engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been chosen by the faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University in Sweden to receive an honorary doctorate in Natural Science and Technology. He is one of two 2009 recipients in this field.

Illangasekare was cited as being “a world-leading researcher and experimentalist in water resources.” He is known for his unique ability to combine innovative scientific theory with precise measurement techniques and innovative experiments. His research has led to theories of small-scale processes to real, large-scale problems such as understanding the spread of environmental pollution and effective rehabilitation techniques.
He will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate degree during a ceremony in Sweden, on Jan. 22, 2010.  At the conferment ceremony, Illangasekare will receive a traditional top hat and a special ring bearing Uppsala University symbols. Dr. Illangasekare will be accompanied at the ceremony and celebration dinner by his wife Dr. Mali Illangasekare a researcher at the University of Colorado, and their two daughters, Samantha Illangasekare a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University and Tushani Illangasekare, a medical student at the University of California at San Francisco.
Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu
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