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Amy Pruden honored with Alumni Award for Research Excellence

Amy Pruden siting in a lab.

Amy Pruden, the W. Thomas Rice Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the Virginia Tech 2021 Alumni Award for Research Excellence in the “science and engineering” category.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research is presented annually to as many as two Virginia Tech faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in the area of research. Honorees are nominated by alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Recipients are awarded a $2,000 cash prize.  

Pruden, who joined the Virginia tech community in 2008, is widely recognized for her work documenting antibiotic resistance genes as environmental contaminants. Her most recent research focuses on advancing practical means of antibiotic resistance monitoring, mitigation, and risk assessment in wastewater, recycled water, and other water systems. Additionally, Pruden is well known for her work in advancing the study of environmental microbiomes and designing water systems to prevent the colonization of pathogens, such as Legionella.

She serves as an associate editor for the Environmental Science and Technology journal and has published more than 175 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on bioremediation, pathogens, and antibiotic resistance.  

Recipharm, a global contract development and manufacturing organization in the pharmaceutical industry, named Pruden as its 2020 International Environmental Award winner. The award recognizes leading global innovators of environmental practice in the pharmacy and healthcare industries and academia, which supports Recipharm’s long-standing commitment to sustainable development.

Pruden earned a bachelors in biological sciences and a doctoral in civil and environmental Engineering; both from the University of Cincinnati.