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Linke honored by Corps of Engineers for contributions to hydropower industry

Deborah Linke, Hydro Research Foundation program director, has been honored with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydroelectric Design Center Hydropower Professional Excellence Award.

The award was presented to Linke in June by Brent Mahan, director of the Corps' Hydroelectric Design Center, during a planning session for HydroVision International 2012, the Corps of Engineers reported.

Mahan established the HDC Hydropower Professional Excellence Award to provide honorary recognition to an individual or team that exemplifies professional excellence related to USACE hydropower planning, engineering and design.

Any individual, team or group involved in USACE hydropower planning, engineering and design and related activities is eligible. Nominations are evaluated for specific contributions in the areas that support hydropower, including study and analysis, project management, engineering, operations, installation and construction, forensics, commissioning, collaboration and outreach.

Linke retired as manager, Power Resources Office, Office of Policy, for the Bureau of Reclamation in January 2007. She is the program director for the Hydro Research Foundation's Hydro Fellowship Program.

The Hydro Fellowship Program, funded by a grant from the Department of Energy, is intended to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped-storage hydropower. Hydro Research Foundation Fellows are awarded two years of support for applied research in the field of hydropower.

The 2011 Hydro Fellows will be recognized the week of HydroVision International 2011 in Sacramento, Calif. HydroVision International is scheduled for July 19-22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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