University of New Orleans engineering professor Enrique La Motta has been named Educator of the Year by the New Orleans chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. La Motta holds the Urban Waste Professorship in Civil Engineering at UNO, where he has taught for 22 years.
La Motta's areas of expertise include water and wastewater treatment processes, and design of water supply and wastewater collection systems.
"Enrique La Motta is a perfect example of a UNO academic all-star," said Emir José Macari, dean of the College of Engineering. "His students rave about his teaching, and his research and publications have been cited by some of top national and international academicians. Dr. La Motta has mentored many top engineering professionals in the New Orleans region. He is, in fact, the embodiment of UNO's mission as an urban research university. He is very deserving of this recognition."
La Motta, who has been an engineering professor for 39 years, holds a master's and a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 174 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation's oldest engineering society. The New Orleans chapter is one of 155 branches of the organization located throughout the United States.