September 2011, Vol. 23, No.9


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) in June announced the first recipients of the WEF Fellows Recognition Program. The program honors professional achievements, stature, and contributions of WEF members to the water profession. A total of 17 WEF members were approved by the WEF board of trustees to be honored during this inaugural year.

“We are very pleased to celebrate not only the personal achievements of this year’s Fellows, but also the invaluable role WEF has as a leading water quality organization,” said WEF President Jeanette Brown.


The California Water Environment Association (Oakland) recently awarded the City of Lincoln (Calif.) Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility with its Small Plant Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements within the water environment field and stimulates public awareness regarding the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment. As the prime operational and design consultants for the facility, members of the Rocklin, Calif.-based water/wastewater engineering team from Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) accepted the award.


The HDR Inc. (Omaha, Neb.) Water Business Group has been awarded a contract by the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.) for a study on the effectiveness of zero liquid discharge technologies. While this study will be performed in Colorado, its findings will be applicable to inland desalination systems nationwide.

Also, Susan Gilbert has been named West region director for the Water Business Group. Gilbert, a professional engineer with more than 26 years of industry experience, will be based in Denver.


Leita S. Bennett joined Atkins (Tampa, Fla.) as senior project manager for Water Infrastructure. She has more than 25 years of experience and will be based in the Chantilly, Va., office. Bennett is a member of the Awards Committee for the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and chairwoman of the Virginia section of the American Water Works Association/Virginia Water Environment Association Joint Water Reuse Committee.


Arul Ayyaswami was named a vice president of Gannett Fleming Inc. (Harrisburg, Pa.). Based in South Plainfield, N.J., Ayyaswami has more than 30 years of experience, is a member of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), and has had more than 30 papers published on innovative remediation technologies. He also is vice president and program director of TerraSure Development LLC (Los Angeles), an affiliated company of Gannett Fleming.


GEI Consultants Inc. (Woburn, Mass.)announced eight new hires. Christopher Bradley, an environmental engineer with 16 years of experience, will be branch manager of its newly established Raleigh, N.C., office. Michael Carosotto, with more than 22 years of experience, will be a senior consultant in the Providence, R.I., office. Ying-Kit Choi, with more than 29 years of experience, will be a senior geotechnical and dam engineer in the Denver office. Scott Keating, with more than 25 years of experience, will be branch manager of the newly established Atlanta office. Doug Laiho will be a senior water resources engineer in the Denver office. John McGrane, with more than 20 years in the Department of Public Works for the City of Hartford, Conn., will be a senior consultant based in the Hartford office. Edward O’Rourke, with more than 25 years of comprehensive experience, will be New England Region business development leader based in the Boston office. Chia Tan, with 28 years of experience, will be geotechnical practice leaderbased in the Chicago office.


Viridity Energy (Conshohocken, Pa.) President and Chief Executive Officer Audrey Zibelman announced that Michael R. Young has been named executive vice president of sales. Young, former senior vice president of sales at Ice-Energy (Windsor, Colo.), has more than 35 years of experience. 


Calgon Carbon Corp. (Pittsburgh) subsidiary, Hyde Marine Inc. (Pittsburgh), announced that its Hyde GUARDIAN® has become the first ballast water treatment system to be awarded Type Approval from the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (St. Petersburg). As a result, the units now may be installed on any Russian-flagged vessel.


Scott Boak, who has more than 20 years of experience, has joined PureLine Treatment Systems (Palatine, Ill.) as procurement manager for the company headquarters.


AMEC (London) announced that it has agreed to buy MACTEC (Alpharetta, Ga.) for a cash consideration of $280 million. The combined Earth and Environmental business will be headquartered in Alpharetta and led by Hisham Mahmoud. It will have more than 7000 employees around the globe and bring AMEC’s total North American workforce to nearly 14,000.


Andrew Lombard, professional engineer in Rhode Island, has joined Biowater Technology (Tonsberg, Norway) as a project engineer.


Godwin Pumps (Bridgeport, N.J.) announced the opening of its newest branch in Poway, Calif., serving the San Diego area.


GE (Fairfield, Conn.) recently named Frederick Liberatore to an expanded role as commercial domain leader for spiral-wound and flat-sheet membranes — water and process technologies for GE Power and Water.


The National Water Research Institute (NWRI; Fountain Valley, Calif.) announced that environmental engineer Mark R. Wiesner, the James L. Meriam professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (Durham, N.C.), will be the 18th recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Wiesner was selected as the 2011 recipient because of his efforts and leadership in improving water quality through advancements in membrane and nanotechnology research. 


The Artemis Project Top 50 (San Francisco) recognizes the advancements in water technology with potential for wide-scale success. This year, a 12-judge panel and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified companies within the Top 50 that are trailblazing solutions to long-ignored water problems. The APEX Award recognizes nine innovators with sustainable business models and technologies transforming water management. See a full list of the 2011 Top 50 Water Companies Competition winners.


The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) named Nicole Spieles outstanding environmental consultant for her dedication to promoting the water environment profession and her commitment to her employer, Greeley and Hansen (Chicago), and to MWEA. Spieles is the office director and project manager for the Greeley and Hansen Detroit office and an active member of several organizations including MWEA and the Water Environment Federation.

Hazen and Sawyer (New York) announced that James W. Fagan has been elected to the position of chairman of the board, and Charles S. Hocking has been elected to the position of president and chief executive officer (CEO). Fagan had served as the firm’s president and CEO since 2004, and Hocking has been with the firm since 1997, most recently serving as director of strategic planning.


Danfoss (Nordborg, Denmark) named Paul Dean as general manager of the company’s commercial compressor facility in Arkadelphia, Ark. Dean has more than 15 years of industry experience.


Pureline Treatment Systems (Palatine, Ill.) hired Chris Lienau as its new Eastern Midwest account manager. Lienau has more than 20 years of industry experience and served as president of Sima Environmental Inc. (Naperville, Ill.) for the past 17 years.


The Monterey (Calif.) Regional Water Pollution Control Agency won the first Breathe California Central Coast award in the “Climate change” category. The award recognizes positive initiatives that are being taken to reduce global warming and air pollution as well as local leaders in the areas of climate change, leadership, and technology.


Woodard & Curran (Portland, Maine) announced that Dan Kelley, Nate McLaughlin, Pat Moore, Brent Sutter, Marc Thomas, and Doug Tirrell have been appointed vice presidents. Kelley, power engineering service line leader based in the Portland office, has spent 18 years in the power industry. McLaughlin is project manager in the Bangor office. Moore, Southeast area manager for the operations and management business center, has more than 20 years of industry experience. Sutter is a project manager with 16 years of industry experience. Thomas, Midwest area manager for the operations and management business center, has more than 16 years of industry experience. Tirrell is lead project manager in the electrical instrumentation and controls service line.


Brennan Calhoun joined Nutrients PLUS (Virginia Beach, Va.) as distribution and logistics associate.


Noveda Technologies (Branchburg, N.J.) announced the acquisition of the energy efficiency, software, and services company, MakeMeSustainable (Boston). The combined product suite will feature a platform based on social media to expand Noveda’s portfolio in education and training tools that promote awareness and help drive energy and water conservation.


Virginia Grebbien has been appointed president of Parsons Water & Infrastructure Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.). Grebbien, based in the company headquarters, joined Parsons in 2008, has 25 years of industry experience, and is a registered professional engineer in California.

Measurement Specialties Inc. (Hampton, Va.) announced the acquisition of Eureka Environmental (Austin, Texas), a manufacturer of multi-parameter instruments for in situ analyses of natural waters worldwide.


Adcon Telemetry (Klosterneuburg, Austria) joined the Hach Hydromet (Loveland, Colo.) family. The groups’ merging will provide sensor technologies with telemetry systems to offer customers integrated monitoring solutions.


Atwell LLC (Southfield, Mich.) announced the addition of Joseph Dudak, as operations leader, for its power and energy group. Dudak, who has more than 40 years of experience, had recently retired from ITC Holdings Corp.(Novi, Mich.) where he was employed since its formation in 2003.


Michael Gossett joined HDR (Omaha, Neb.) as conveyance business class leader for the water business group. Gossett, based in the Denver office, has more than 22 years of experience.

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