Yongsheng Chen, Xing Xie Recognized for Leadership in Environmental Engineering

Monday, 18 October 2021
From left to right: Xing Xie, Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor, and Yongsheng Chen, Professor.

By Elijah Hibberts

The Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society has recognized faculty members Yongsheng Chen and Xing Xie for their dedication and service to environmental engineering and science.

Professor Yongsheng Chen was selected for the CAPEES/Nanova Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given annually to recognize up to two outstanding professors in environmental science and engineering, who have achieved recognized research leadership and pioneered an innovative research area. Assistant Professor Xing Xie was chosen for the CAPEES/Nanova Young Investigator Award, an award given annually to recognize an outstanding junior professor in environmental science and engineering.

Yongsheng Chen

“I am so grateful and honored to be the recipient of the 2021 CAPEES/Nanova Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chinese American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES),” Chen said. “I really value this award for its recognition of significant contribution to the community through outstanding research and services —these are standards I have been striving toward for my entire career through advancing sustainable engineering, promoting higher education, and helping others improve their lives.

 “I am honored that the community has saw fit to recognize my work. I am also very grateful for all the opportunities I have had to work with my outstanding colleagues, students, and Institutional leaders at Georgia Tech.”

Chen, who joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 2009, is a professor in environmental engineering focusing on the potential environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology, along with urban sustainability. He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on grants totaling about $10 million and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Xing Xie

Xie is the Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he specializes in the applications of innovative materials for sustainable and reliable water and energy. He has worked on many projects related to water treatment and reuse, microbial detection and quantification, energy and resource recovery and energy storage. Xie has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles with more than 6,000 citations.

“It is my great honor to receive the CAPEES/Nanova Young Investigator Award from the Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) this year,” Xie said. “I have been in this community since I was a Ph.D. student 10 years ago. CAPEES has provided tremendous support on my career development. I appreciate the recognition by the CAPEES community on my achievements in the past few years at Georgia Tech. I am also very grateful to have those great students working in my group and the resources provided by the School that make these achievements possible.”