Award Description

The Gus H. Radebaugh Award is presented each year for the best paper presented at the Annual Meeting in that year by a Central States member.

The award is named for Gus H. Radebaugh as a memorial to his fine, loyal service to Central States. Gus Radebaugh was manager of the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District, Urbana Illinois. He was the first Secretary of Central States, 1927-30.


Nomination Policy and Procedures

1.     The Radebaugh Award Subcommittee, formed under the General Awards Committee, shall be responsible for selecting a nominee for the Radebaugh Award.

2.     The Radebaugh Award may be made by the Association each year if in the opinion of the Radebaugh Award Subcommittee, any member of the Association had presented a paper worthy of the Award at the Association Annual Meeting.

3.     Subcommittee Membership:

a.     The Subcommittee shall consist of three members, including one member from each of the State Sections of the Association. The Chair shall be from the Host State.

b.     Whether an award is recommended or not, the Radebaugh Award Subcommittee shall submit a report each year to the General Awards Committee.

4.     Eligibility for Award:

a.     The Radebaugh Award shall be made to the author(s) of a deserving paper presented at an Annual Meeting of the Association.

b.     For papers presented at the Annual Meeting to be eligible for the Award, the author(s) must submit eight (8) copies of the paper (or one electronic copy in PDF format) to the Association Executive Director within 30 days of the close of the Annual Meeting.

c.     In case of multiple authorship, the Award shall be shared equally by authors, who are members of the Association, i.e., each Association member author shall receive a plaque.

5.     The Subcommittee will evaluate each paper based on the criteria given below, applying up to the allowable points indicated. The sum of the allowable points is the final rating of the paper (100 points is maximum in totaling the allowable points given).

Maximum Allowable Points Maximum Allowable Points
Contribution to the science because of:
New information obtained by the author's experimental or theoretical research.
New or advanced theory of technique of design presented by the author.
Improved methods of construction proposed by the author.
Improved methods of operation proposed by the author.
Improved equipment proposed by the author.
Detailed information not previously available to the profession, on a construction project of considerable magnitude, a production process or method of operation.
Detailed information presented on economic questions, which are of interest to the profession, such as cost of construction and operation, evaluation and rate setting.
Originality of subjects.
Amount of work expended to obtain data or information.
English composition and clarity of the presentation.

6.     It shall be the responsibility of the Radebaugh Award Subcommittee to prepare a brief statement indicating the merits of the paper selected for the Award. This statement shall be submitted, no later than December 1, to the Chair of the General Awards Committee by the Radebaugh Award Subcommittee Chair in making the recommendation for the Award.

7.     The Award shall consist of a Plaque(s) to be presented at the next Association meeting.



Not Awarded


Past Recipients

2022Not Awarded
2021Not Awarded
2020"Doubling Down on Phosphorus" Rachel Lee, Mikaela Vergin, Matt Seib, Aaron Dose
“A Study on the Effects of Side Streams on Phosphorous Removal”
Robert S. Trotter and Elizabeth Heise
"A Simple and Energy Efficient Approach to Cleaning Biogas"
Sid Aurora, Lindsey Busch, Sean Snyder and Rudy Kilian
“SNRP 101 – Fond du Lac WWTP Lab Experiences”
Autumn Fisher, Jeremy Cramer, Eric Lynne
Steven R. Reusser, Alan L. Grooms, Aaron P. Dose
Jeremy Bril, Jane Carlson, John Leonhard
Jared Greeno, Greg Paul, David Raskowic
Chris Wilson and Jennifer Hindel
Alan Grooms
Navaneethan Navarathnam, Scott Royer, Peter R. Topczewski & Daniel Zitomer
Steven R. Reusser
Not Awarded
Jay Kemp, Dennis Egge & Daniel Zitomer
Tom Vik & Mark Surwillo
Not Awarded
Steve Reusser
George Sprouse
Stephen Greenwood, Claude Anderson, Mike Reith, Ted Stein
Steven Reusser, Greg Zelinka
2000D. Busch, M. Urbancic
1999J. A. Bilgo, E. D. Fessler, K. E. Kaszubowski, R. F. Peschel
1998J. J. Marx
1997Kirankumar Topudurti
1996David A. Rein
1995James L. Daugherty, Thomas E. Vik, David T. Redmon
1994No Nominee
1993Eric R. Lecuyer
1992James R. Kirk
1991Paul MacBerthouex
1990Steven R. Reusser
1989Paul Mac Berthouex, D. Robert Gan
1988J. Willard DeBauche
1987Glen T. Daigger
1986Brooks Newbry,Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, Tom Sigmund
1985Sara J. Ethier, Conrad P. Straub
1984Thomas E. Vik, Dennis J. Lammers, Daniel L. Roder
1983George B. Vania, Dennis R. Martenson, Nadim A. Shamat
1982John S. Hunter, III
1981Richard R. Dahl, Sam L. Claassen
1980Nancy H. Pelt-Lynche, Walter J. Maier
1979William Denniston, Jr., Bruce Snyder, Gene Lukasik
1978Jan Yesilani
1977Phil Budde, Paul Nehm, William C. Boyle
1976M.J. Semmens,J.T. Wang, A.C. Booth
1975J.W. Lingel
1974Parviz Amirhor
1973Harold T. Stanlick
1972A. E. Zanoni, R. J. Rutkowski
1971A. W. Banister
1970Robert C. Ansani, Timothy J. McAloon
1969Walter J. Maier
1968Lyle Smith, Lawrence Breimhurst
1967Russell Susag
1966Walter K. Johnson, George J. Schroepfer
1965L. S. Kraus, Edwin B. Fall
1964A. W. Banister
1963Joseph T. Ling
1962Robert T. Wolf
1961James J. Anderson
1960George J. Schroepfer, Norman R. Ziemke
1959W. W. Mathews
1958Frank J. McKee
1957Henry B. King
1956Charles Griffith
1955Philip F. Morgan
1954Henry B. King
1953George J. Schroepfer
1952Paul E. Langdon
1951Norval E. Anderson
1950Philip F. Morgan
1949George J. Schroepfer
1948Al F. Bartsch
1947L. S. Kraus
1946Donald Bloodgood
1945No Meeting Due to War
1944No Award Given
1943Samuel A. Greeley
1942K. L. Mick
1941Walter A. Sperry
1940C. C. Ruchhoft
1939William A. Dumdas
1938C. N. Sawyer, M. Starr Nichols
1937W. D. Hatfield

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