Charles Bott

Charles B. Bott, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE is a member of the 2014-2015 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Charles is Chief of Research and Development at the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) in southeast Virginia, where he currently is managing research and development efforts for HRSD’s thirteen wastewater treatment plants (249 MGD combined capacity) and collection system. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the
Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.).

A WEF member since 1997, Charles has multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF.  He has served as chair and vice chair of the WEFTEC Program Committee, Research Symposium Subcommittee, member of the WEF Academic Committee and Municipal Wastewater Design Committee, and was chair and past-chair of the WEF Nutrient Removal Specialty Conference.  Charles has also served on numerous project oversight subcommittees for the Water Environment Research Foundation and as principal investigator for several recent nutrient removal efforts.    

Also an active member of the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA), Charles has served on the Education Committee for the past seven years and previously worked with the Student Activities Committee.  He was the winner of the VWEA Outstanding Young Professional award.  His other professional affiliations include the International Water Association, where he is the Secretary of the Nutrient Removal and Recovery Specialty Group.  Charles is also currently serving on the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council.  He is an associate editor for the IWA journal Water Science and Technology.

Charles has received the WEF Outstanding Young Professional Award and WEF Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal as well as the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Outstanding New Professor Award, the Virginia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the Virginia Military Institute Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, and the Virginia Military Institute Wilbur S. Hinman, Jr. ’26 Research Award.

Charles is a registered professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and Licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator – Virginia Class I. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.