(Linden, Karl G. - 2013) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work uri icon



  • Professor Linden is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on water quality and purification. His work on the use of ultraviolet irradiation to disinfect drinking water continues to have a profound impact on the field of environmental engineering. Through his own dedicated efforts and the program Engineers without Borders, Professor Linden’s work has also aided sanitation efforts in countries like Rwanda and Peru by bringing improved water and sanitation systems to thousands of people in those areas.
    In the course of his career, Professor Linden has received nearly twenty million dollars in grant funding for his research, which is currently focused on the use of LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, in ultraviolet disinfection systems. Like his previous research, this work demonstrates Professor Linden’s commitment to both academic excellence and global humanitarianism. This technology will create disinfection systems in areas where the lack of electricity and running water hinders traditional modes of water purification. Professor Linden is a true global citizen as well as an asset to CU-Boulder.

year awarded

  • 2013