Dr. James Nelson Named 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Lecturer

Nelson has been named the recipient of the 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Lectureship. Prof. Nelson attended BYU from 1982 to 1994, earning his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering. He joined the faculty in 1996, and his research focuses on hydrology and automated watershed characterization from digital terrain data.
He has an extensive record in publishing, consulting, and creating products for industry, and he has received many awards for teaching and citizenship as well as research. He is currently leading an effort to improve the senior design capstone program in order to help students confidently apply their education to professional practice.