Richard H. McCuen, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Ven Te Chow Award for prolific, innovative scholarship in engineering hydrology; benchmark contributions to hydrologic practice; cultivation of rigor, communication, and professionalism at all levels; tireless, generous mentorship of students and colleagues; and unwavering dedication to ethics and diversity in the profession. He was recommended for the award by the Watershed Council of the ASCE / Environmental and Water Resources Institute’s Surface Water Hydrology Technical Committee for his exceptional achievement and significant contributions in all 3 categories: research, education, and practice.
Professor and Ben Dyer Chair in civil engineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, McCuen has provided outstanding service to engineering education and the profession. As a dedicated teacher, he has advised or served on committees for more than 70 graduate students, with many of his Ph.D. and master’s advisees now in leadership positions throughout the profession.
His research has had important and very influential practical impacts. He was a coauthor of the original Bulletin 17 – a benchmark in American hydrology – and one of the leading authors of the 1986 revised version of TR-55. These guidelines have been adopted or incorporated into design standards around the world.
A prolific scholar, McCuen has also made significant contributions to research. He is the author of nearly 200 professional papers and 23 books, including Hydrologic Analysis and Design, Fundamentals of Civil Engineering: An Introduction to the ASCE Body of Knowledge, Modeling Hydrologic Change: Statistical Methods, and Dynamic Communication for Engineers.
For his work, McCuen is the recipient of the 1988 Icko Iben Award from the American Water Resources Association and co-recipient of the 1988 Outstanding Research Award from the ASCE Water Resources Planning and Management Division.