National Civil Engineering Award 2023 for Prof. Joaquín Andreu, PI of UPV team in the AGREEMAR project

On 25 October 2023, Prof. Joaquín Andreu, PI of the UPV team in the AGREEMAR project, was honored with the National Civil Engineering Award 2023, delivered by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda.

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, has presented the award to Professor Andreu for his brilliant professional career (photo: IIAMA)

His distinguished career in the UPV includes roles such as Founding Director of the Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering, Director of the School of Engineering of UPV, Director of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment, and Principal Investigator of the Water Engineering Research Group. With an impressive portfolio, he has also led over 50 research projects and contracts, served as the Technical Director of the Jucar River Basin Agency, and provided guidance to international institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank (India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines), and the World Bank (Brazil and Mexico).

Notably, Joaquín is the ‘father’ of the AQUATOOL Decision Support System, a reference tool for implementing the European Water Framework Directive that has been employed in over 20 countries. The award ceremony not only recognized Joaquín’s exceptional contributions but also served as a platform to spotlight the AGREEMAR project. Both the Spanish Ministry and Joaquín took the opportunity to highlight some of the main findings of AGREEMAR during their speeches, emphasizing its importance in the fields of water engineering and environmental sustainability.

Huge congratulations, Joaquín!