The award was presented "in recognition of superior technical content and oral presentation made at the 2013 IDA World Congress. The award committee judged this paper to have the best combination of scientific and technical innovation, relevance to the theme of the Congress, and style of presentation by a member of the IDA Young Leader's Program."
The paper in question, titled "Design and Optimization of Hybrid ED-RO Systems for the Treatment of Highly Saline Brines," was authored by R.K. McGovern, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V.
This is the second consecutive IDA Congress at which a member of the Lienhard Research Group has been acknowledged with an award. In both cases, the work has been jointly conducted with KFUPM. It was sponsored by KFUPM through the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy.