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Professor Paul Westerhoff - One of world's most influential researchers in the last 10 years

Professor Paul Westerhoff - One of world's most influential researchers in the last 10 years

Highly Cited Researchers 2019 - Worldwide recognition from peers
Thursday, December 05, 2019


PLuS Alliance Fellow Paul Westerhoff is an ASU Regents Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He was recently named the Clarke Prize laureate 2019 by the National Water Research Institute for outstanding achievement in water science and technology.  He has now been recognised by his peers as one of 6,200 academics from around the world, to be named a Highly Cited Researcher 2019 by the Web of Science Group. In order to receive this prestigious title, the researchers’ published papers had to rank in the top 1% of most cited works over the last decade. These researchers were cited the most by their peers in order to advance the work in their areas of expertise. Professor Westerhoff was one of 10 researchers from ASU, 33 researchers from King’s College London and 33 from UNSW – Sydney to receive this accolade.

“We’re very proud of the researchers who have been recognized for their exceptional work,” said Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise and ASU’s chief research and innovation officer. “Being cited by ones’ peers is a hallmark of highly respected work and is demonstrative of the calibre of professionals dedicated to advancing impactful, cutting-edge research here at ASU.”

On the recognition that he has received Professor Westerhoff commented,

“My career started in 1989 when I decided to pursue a MS Degree in Environmental Engineering after several summer jobs in the field.  I saw the field as a great way to blend my passion for the outdoors, especially rivers, snow, and woods with a professional life.  Those 30 years since have been incredibly rewarding. With the help of great mentors, I’ve been able to focus on moving the field forward.  The hard work of my graduate students and discussion with collaborators have enabled much of this success. Recognition for this really reflects on the strength of collaboration and teamwork.”  Having received accelerator funding from the PLuS Alliance in the past he added “the international partners in the PLuS Alliance brought increased connections and visibility to my work.  I have built strong collaborations with teams at UNSW and we keep finding ways to partner with King’s College London to build a powerhouse global team.”

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