The Bruce W. Long Scholarship was established to commemorate the outstanding professional career of its namesake – a career characterized by leadership in bringing people together to effectively address complex challenges and by selfless efforts to serve others. As stated on the award plaque, Bruce was a “mentor to many and an inspiration to all.” Upon Bruce’s retirement, WesTech, Inc. set up an endowment fund to provide recognition each year for a graduate student at KU who has demonstrated both leadership and service to others. Rex Plaizier, President and CEO of WesTech, announced the establishment of the scholarship program at the 63rd Annual KU Environmental Engineering Conference in April 2013.
Stacy Conrad Tinner III was selected by the faculty in the environmental engineering and science program to receive the 2020 Bruce W. Long Scholarship. Stacy holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida and plans to graduate this May with an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from KU. His research, under the direction of Dr. Ted Peltier, focused on electrocoagulation of produced water (water generated during oil and gas production), with an emphasis on boron removal to facilitate possible use of the water for agricultural purposes. While at KU, he also participated in a study of nitrate transport through soil at the former Farmland Industries nitrogen plant, and a study of rainwater collection for agricultural use.
Recipients of the Bruce Long Scholarship must demonstrate both leadership and caring for others, as so very well exemplified by Bruce Long throughout his career. In 2019, Stacy served as Co-Captain of KU’s Design Team in a competition sponsored by the Water Environment Federation. He also served as Chair of Recruitment for KU’s Graduate Engineering Association, and as an outreach coordinator in efforts to recruit, retain, and include graduate students from under-represented groups and diverse backgrounds. We are delighted to have had Stacy as a student in our graduate program for the past two years, and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors, both personal and professional.