On April 10, Adil Godrej, associate professor of civil engineering and environmental engineering at the Technical College, died.
Godrej worked at Virginia Tech for nearly 33 years, most recently as co-director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML) in Manassas, Virginia. He has been instrumental in the growth and success of OWML, contributing his expertise in water quality monitoring and modeling, drinking water reuse, and watershed and reservoir studies.
Godre’s association with Virginia Tech began in 1980 when he entered the civil and environmental engineering program as a graduate student. After earning his degree, his roles at the university included research associate, assistant professor, and later assistant director of OWML.
Godre is remembered by his students for his excellent storytelling, often about the history of OWML. He was proud of his longevity working in the laboratory, and his passion for teaching was complemented by an interest in learning from each of his students.
Godrej has served on several regional water monitoring committees, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Regional Monitoring Subcommittee, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Data Integrity Task Force, and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) Occoquan Model Technical Advisory Committee.
“With Adil’s sudden death, the Northern Virginia region has forever lost more than 30 years of irreplaceable institutional and historical knowledge of the Occoquan watershed,” said Normand Goulet, director of NVRC’s Division of Environmental and Resilience Planning. “He will be greatly missed, not only as a colleague, but as a friend.”
A celebration of Adil’s life will be planned at a future date. His obituary can be found at https://www.piercefh.com/obituaries/Adil-Godrej/#!/Obituary.