The winner of the $2,500 Montgomery Prize for outstanding oral presentation in the field of hydrology at the 2023 El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera is Sidian Chen. His presentation is titled “Pore-Scale Modeling of PFAS Transport in Water-Unsaturated Soils: Air/Water Interfacial Adsorpotion and Mass-Transfer Processes in Thin Water Films on Soil Grain Surfaces.” M&A’s Mekha Pereira and Rachel Spinti, groundwater hydrologists, presented the award to Chen.
El Día is an annual event held during EarthWeek and organized by students from the University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.
M&A, a long-time sponsor of El Día, is proud to recognize Chen’s important research and excellence in visual presentation and oral communication. Chen is a doctoral student in hydrology at UArizona and holds an M.S. in environmental science from Peking University and a B.S. in hydraulic and hydropower engineering from Tsinghua University. Read his winning abstract here.
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Pictured from left are Mekha Pereira, Rachel Spinti, Montgomery Prize winner Sidian Chen, and Interim Head of the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Department Christopher Castro.