June 12, 2009

Lizette Chevalier earns professional distinction

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An engineering faculty member at Southern Illinois University Carbondale achieved a professional honor recently.

The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers named Lizette R. Chevalier a diplomate. Chevalier is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at SIUC.

The certificate acknowledges Chevalier’s work in broadening and deepening the body of knowledge for practicing engineers. The organization, which is an academy of the Civil Engineering Certification Inc., credits her with improving the practice and elevating the standards and advancing the profession of water resources engineers.

Chevalier’s diplomate award represents strong professional ethics and a commitment to life-long learning and professional development, the organization stated. She is one of just 400 water resources engineers worldwide to earn this distinction.

Chevalier earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University. She earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at Michigan State University. A former chair of her department at SIUC, Chevalier’s research interests include contaminant transport and fate, environmental engineering and technology and engineering education.

At SIUC, Chevalier teaches a variety of classes, including undergraduate and graduate courses in environment engineering and science. She has served as a member of many state, federal and international environmental committees. John W. Nicklow, associate dean of the College of Engineering, said Chevalier is an inspirational leader with extraordinary commitment to excellence in teaching and research.