Michael Celia, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and Princeton's Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany for recognition of his work as a prolific researcher and an influential educator. University Chancellor Jan Gerken presented the award to Celia Nov. 16 during the institution's annual celebration.
The university cited Celia as "one of the world's leading researchers in the field of numerical methods for flow and transport processes in porous media, especially in natural earth systems, such as groundwater or oil and gas reservoirs."
During the ceremony, long-time colleague Rainer Helmig, professor and head of hydromechanics and modeling of hydrosystems at Stuttgart, lauded Celia as "one of a very select group of people who combine mastery of both mathematical and physical sciences to produce new, innovative and important contributions to his fields like groundwater flow and CO2 storage."
Celia also excels in presenting his work to colleagues and students, Helmig said. "He is clearly one of the best communicators of science and complicated research I know," he said. "Professor Celia has been one of the most influential role models — both in terms of scientific ability as well as in scientific culture — for every generation of graduate students in the field of porous media worldwide and, of course, for our university."