The Edward J. Kilcawley Memorial Scholarship Fund

Securing the future of the Edward J. Kilcawley Memorial Scholarship Fund 

Established nearly thirty years ago, this scholarship helps Environmental Engineering undergraduates—it is a testimony to the hard work that Professor Kilcawley did to establish environmental engineering. 

Please help if you can.  Send contributions to:

The Edward J. Kilcawley Memorial Scholarship Fund

C/o The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St.

Troy, NY 12180

Edward J. Kilcawley
Edward J. Kilcawley

In June of 1961, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) awarded the first accredited environmental engineering degrees in the United States.  Establishing the program was not easy.  It took the considerable foresight, energy, and diligence of Professor Edward J. Kilcawley to establish this new discipline.

In August 1954, Professor Kilcawley wrote a letter to Dr. Paul E. Hemke, Dean of the Faculty at RPI.  In his letter, Kilcawley laid out in detail his concept of a new “environmental engineering” discipline, a proposed curriculum, and recommended members for a committee, “The Committee on Environmental Engineering”, to evaluate his proposal.

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the formal report of the RPI Committee on Environmental Engineering that approved the plan to establish the new discipline, RPI is convening a Colloquium on March 29, 2005, which date corresponds with submission of the Committee’s formal report to the RPI Engineering Group.  This report set the stage for subsequent activities that culminated in the award of the first Environmental Engineering degrees in the United States.

In further celebration of our profession, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) will be co-sponsoring the Colloquium, because 2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Academy.