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Pierce Inaugural Recipient of AWG’s Kent Award


Jackson School of Geosciences Lecturer Suzanne Pierce has won the inaugural Mavis D. Kent Award for Mid- Career Excellence from the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG). The award is named for Kent, a founding member of the AWG, and the first woman to serve as president of the Association of Engineering Geologists.

In addition to being a lecturer at the Jackson School, Pierce is an alumna, graduating with a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the Jackson School in 2006. She is also a research faculty member at the Jackson School’s Environmental Science Institute and a research scientist at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Pierce leads a community of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation who use intelligent systems to understand Earth, including water, energy, urbanization and the ecosystem. Her research helps develop tools and techniques that aid integrated computer modeling.