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Ben Dziegielewski Scholarships

After 34 years of dedication to our department, Dr. Ben Dziegielewski retired in December 2011. Besides being an internationally known scholar in Water Resources, he was a key faculty member in our department. Ben was instrumental in helping to create our well-known focus on water resources and real-world problem-solving.

To honor Ben for all his efforts we have initiated a campaign to provide one undergraduate and one graduate student with a $1,000 award each year. In order to reach this goal, we need to create an endowment of $50,000 so that Ben's legacy can continue on in perpetuity.

Recipients of the monetary award are:

  • 2017 Undergraduate Award - Luca Palasti
  • 2017 Graduate Award - Mark Healy
  • 2016 Undergraduate Award - Katherine O'Keefe
  • 2016 Graduate Award - Michael Kennedy
  • 2015 Undergraduate Award - Mark Healy
  • 2015 Graduate Award - Shiloh Deitz
  • 2014 Undergraduate award - Jefferson Wright
  • 2014 Graduate award - Ashley Suiter

Message from Dr. Leslie Duram

I know I speak for many students and colleagues, when I say that I look up to Ben as a respected member of our department. I have learned a great deal by watching Ben. Not only is he a world-renown scholar, but he is also a very kind person. I learned that no matter what your academic goals are; it is most important to get along with people. Personal relationships with students and colleagues are what make our jobs worthwhile. Ben is a wonderful example of a Professor who blended excellence in research and teaching with down-to-Earth kindness. We should all emulate these actions.

Benedykt Dziegielewski came to SIU as a Lecturer/Teaching Assistant in Geography in August of 1979. He then was a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Thermal and Environmental Engineering, then Civil Engineering and Mechanics, then Assistant Scientist in Geography. He received his PhD from SIUC in 1983. Geography was lucky enough to get him back in 1985 as an Assistant Professor. He became Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor in 2001.

The only controversy with Ben is how to pronounce his last name: at the bottom of the first page of his CV he notes the phonetic pronunciation: "Jen-ghe-LEF-ski." Of course Ben is so good natured and easy-going; he doesn't get upset about how anybody pronounces his name! Still, many students over the years have opted to call him Dr. Ben.

He has taught many, many courses at SIU: GEOG 320, 326, 422, 425, 434, 436, 470, 471, 475, 487, 500, 501, 521, 522, 524, 593; ENG 100, 314, CE 417, 419, and 483. Ben has advised at least 45 master students and 12 PhD students. 

In 2000, he was awarded the College of Liberal Arts Scholar of the Year Award by Dean Shirley Clay Scott. Indeed his contributions to water resources scholarship is significant. 

Ben served as Executive Director International Water Resources Association, Editor of the International Water Resources Association newsletter, and as Editor in Chief of Water International. He served on the National Research Council Committee on USGS Water Resources Research.

Ben's work is also applied. He has consulted for firms, and city and state governments in Virginia, California, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Mississippi, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Oregon. He has helped the US Navy, the nation of Columbia, and many others with their water resource planning efforts.

He has given expert testimony for several water resources law suits, including El Paso vs New Mexico and cases involving the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 

His invited lectures and papers presented at professional meetings number in the hundreds. His Workshop presentations have covered the world: US Army Corps of Engineers in Virginia, Utah, and Kentucky; University of Texas at Austin; National Water Well Association in Phoenix; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego; and Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan.

Ben has received 23 grants. He's written lots of grant reports, 40 technical and consultant reports; manuals and workbooks. He has authored or co-authored 7 books, 11 monographs, 18 peer reviewed journals (in English and Polish), 19 chapters in peer-reviewed books (in English, Polish, and Spanish), 41 conference proceedings, and 12 discussion articles. 

Of course, numbers are not what make a successful career. 
When I came to SIU in 1994, I was lucky enough to be in the office next to Ben. I looked up to him as a respected member of the department. I can honestly tell you that I learned a great deal by watching Ben. He is a world-renown scholar, but he is also a very kind person. I learned that no matter what your academic goals are; it is most important to get along with people. Personal relationships with students and colleagues are what make our jobs worthwhile. Ben is a wonderful example of a Professor who blended excellence in research and teaching with down-to-Earth kindness. We should all emulate these actions.

Alumni and friends who would like to honor Dr. Dziegielewski may send contributions to:

Ben Dziegielewski Endowment Fund 
SIU Foundation 
Colyer Hall 
Mailcode 6805 
Carbondale IL 62901