David Ford Receives the Prestigious Ray K. Linsley Award for Surface Water
David Ford, principal hydrologic engineer with HDR, received the American Institute of Hydrology 2020 Ray K. Linsley Award for Surface Water. Ford received this award in recognition of his outstanding research and practice in the field of surface water hydrology.
The award was established in 1986 to honor Dr. Linsley, who made many contributions to surface water hydrology and was the principal author of the textbook, Applied Hydrology, published in 1949. Dr. Linsley directed the Ph.D. dissertations of 35 students at Stanford University covering research on mechanics of overland flow, rainfall synthesis, stochastic hydrology, and modeling of the hydrologic cycle. These efforts led to development of the Stanford Watershed Model, a state-of-the-art tool for hydrologists worldwide.
For more than four decades, David’s passions related to hydrologic engineering have been understanding the root questions that must be answered to achieve success in each study in which he is involved; identifying the most-advanced-yet-practical methods with which the questions can be answered; transferring technology through understandable reports and presentations; and sharing his expertise and experience with younger hydrologic engineers. These passions arise from his goal to advance hydrologic engineering as an important subject area in civil engineering.
David will be honored at the American Water Resources 2020 Annual Conference in November, where he has been asked to present on his work to water professionals from across the country.