Michigan CEE honors Crittenden with merit award

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

(Photos Courtesy of the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.)

The University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has given Professor John Crittenden its 2014 Merit Award.

Crittenden — whose bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees all came from Michigan — received the honor at the department’s annual awards ceremony and alumni reception Oct. 31.

“It was an amazing bunch of folks who were recognized,” Crittenden said later. “I was deeply honored to be part of those who were recognized by the College of Engineering at UM.”

The merit award recipient also speaks to students at the event. Crittenden offered advice about how his young audience can maximize their personal effectiveness as engineers, focusing on spirituality/integrity, a strong body, a strong mind, and overcoming failure and disappointment. (See the slides from his presentation below.)

Crittenden is the director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech, and he serves as the Hightower Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Environmental Technologies.