HAS Alumnus Dan Stephens Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Photo Daniel B. Stephens
Monday, February 11, 2019

Our heartiest congratulations go to Dr. Daniel B. Stephens, HAS alumnus, who was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering!

Stephens, Chairman of the Board and Principal Hydrologist of Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc., was elected with the Class of 2019 in Earth Resources for "innovations in vadose zone hydrologic practice and theory." 

Awards and professional recognition have followed Dan throughout his life. In 2017, he was awarded the Groundwater Resources Association of California Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong dedication to the groundwater industry. Stephens has been acknowledged as a pioneer in his field of expertise, specifically, applied analyses of vadose (unsaturated) zone processes that play a vital role in quantifying groundwater recharge rates and understanding infiltration processes and contaminant transport. In 2004, he received the University of Arizona Alumni Association's Sydney S. Woods Alumni Service Award.

Stephens, a former student of Regents Professor Emeritus Shlomo P. Neuman, is the third student of Neuman's to be elected to the NAE in the past three years and now joins former students Dr. Jesus Carrera (Class of 2018) and Dr. Dongxiao Zhang (Class of 2017) as Academy members.

Dan began his private consulting in 1976 and completed his PHD in hydrology at the University of Arizona in 1979. In 1986, he left his position as chair of the Department of Geosciences at New Mexico Tech to apply his expertise in hydrogeology to public and private-sector clients who were facing challenges in complying with tough, new environmental regulations. With a modest start in Socorro, New Mexico, DBS&A grew to a $17-million corporation with seven offices in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. In 2015, DBS&A joined forces with Geo-Logic Associates (GLA) and now has 27 offices and more than 250 employees in the U.S. and abroad.

Congratulations, Dan, for this well deserved and outstanding achievement!