Carlos Mantilla Pena receives two prestigious scholarships

Carlos Mantilla Pena, a Ph.D. candidate in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded two prestigious scholarships. He completed his M.S degree in civil and environmental engineering in 2014 after earning his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. His research focuses on residential water meter inaccuracies for a local water utility. His goal is to implement a meter replacement program.

Carlos is the recipient of the Walker Graduate Research Fellowship for 2015. The fellowship was established to honor the late William Walker, founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Center. It has been given since 1999 to recognize and support graduate students working in water resources who are pursuing work different from their undergraduate study. You can read more about the scholarship at

He was also awarded the Leo Bourassa Scholarship by the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association. This mission of the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association is to promote and educate the public on good lake and watershed management, encourage sustainable stormwater management practices and protect the welfare of lakes and other water resources within Virginia. Carlos was selected based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and contributions related to water resources. For more information about the scholarship, visit