September 2012, Vol. 24, No.9


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) in June announced 23 distinguished members as 2012 WEF Fellows.

The program honors the professional achievements, stature, and contributions of WEF members to the water profession. The WEF Fellow Recognition Program, now in its second year, identifies individuals with outstanding accomplishments who have made an impact in their field of expertise and have been approved by WEF Board of Trustees.

  • John Bennett, Trinity River Authority (Roanoke, Texas)
  • Jeanette Brown, Manhattan College – Environmental Engineering (Darien, Conn.)
  • Howard Carter, City of Saco, Maine
  • Glen Daigger, CH2M Hill (Parker, Colo.)
  • Thomas Dingeman, City of Greeley/Water Sewer – Colorado (Greeley, Colo.)
  • David Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh)
  • Andrew Fairey, Charleston (S.C.) Water System
  • Libby Ford, Nixon Peabody LLP (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • David Jenkins, University of California – Berkeley
  • Barton Jones, Strand Associates Inc. (Madison, Wis.)
  • John Koon, John H. Koon & Associates Inc. (Atlanta)
  • Perry McCarty, Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
  • Ron Moeller, Kennedy Jenks Consultants (Chehalis, Wash.)
  • Sudhir Murthy, DC Water (Washington, D.C.)
  • Ron Neufeld, University of Pittsburgh
  • Denny Parker, Brown & Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
  • Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • Robert Reimers, Tulane University (New Orleans, La.)
  • Ronald Schuyler, Tetra Tech, Inc. (Denver)
  • Michael Stenstrom, University of California–Los Angeles
  • Rao Surampalli, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Kansas City, Kan.)
  • George Tchobanoglous, University of California–Davis
  • Jay Witherspoon, CH2M Hill (Seattle)


The CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) Access Water program received the 2012 American Academy of Environmental Engineers (Annapolis, Md.) Honor Award in the inaugural category of Excellence in Environmental Communications. The award recognizes Access Water for its innovation in messaging, providing future value to the water engineering profession, creativity and clarity, effectiveness, and an integrated design approach. The award was presented in Washington, D.C.


Shimi Tzobery joined Jacobs Associates (Seattle) as an associate. He has more than 20 years of experience designing, constructing, and managing tunneling projects in excess of $2 billion, including highway, rail transit, drainage, and water tunnels. He will be based in the Pasadena, Calif., office.


Kemira (Helsinki, Finland) has opened a research and development projects laboratory on the campus of the University of Alberta (Edmonton). The laboratory will be an extension of the company’s North American research and development division, which is headquartered in Atlanta.


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE; Reston, Va.) received the 2012 National Environmental Achievement Special Recognition Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.) for work on creating the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (Washington, D.C.). ASCE collaborated with the American Public Works Association (Kansas City, Mo.) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (Washington, D.C.) on the institute. The award to ASCE and the other organizations honors their collaboration in the formation of the institute and their commitment to infrastructure sustainability.


Giny Jacob has joined the water services market of Gresham, Smith, and Partners (Atlanta) as a project engineer. Jacob will provide engineering support in the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure. 


Headworks BIO Inc. (Houston), an engineering and manufacturing company that supplies biological wastewater treatment solutions to municipal and industrial facilities, has signed an option agreement with the Texas A&M University System (College Station) to provide the company with the right to negotiate an exclusive license for the university’s patent-pending electron-beam technology (E-Beam) for use in municipal wastewater treatment applications.


Andrew Gordon has been appointed to the Strategic Water Advisory Board of ThermoEnergy (Worcester, Mass.). Gordon is the founder of four innovative technology companies, including Water Standard Co. (Houston), where his efforts resulted in 33 issued U.S. and international patents, with 25 additional patents pending.


Alessandro Machado Jesus has joined Dur-A-Flex Inc. (East Hartford, Conn.) as international strategic marketing manager. Before joining the company, Jesus spent 13 years working for the Loctite Division of Henkel Corp. (Düsseldorf, Germany) and also as global marketing manager in Henkel’s Rocky Hill, Conn., location.


Jessica Dresang, a project manager at Carollo Engineers Inc. (Walnut Creek, Calif.), has been named the 2012 Outstanding Young Engineer, an honor that acknowledges Arizona engineers who are 35 years of age or younger and have made outstanding contributions to the profession, society, and their communities. Dresang is involved with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Water Reclamation Facility, a 1900-m3/d (0.5-mgd) greenfield facility expandable to 11,400-m3/d (3 mgd), which will serve the community and provide reclaimed water to the new Sewailo Golf Course. She also recently completed several water- and wastewater-related projects for the City of Goodyear, Ariz.


Frank Scopetti, senior vice president of McCarthy Building Cos. (Tempe, Ariz.), has been promoted to business unit leader of the water services team in the Southwest region. Scopetti will be responsible for all aspects of the region’s water and wastewater treatment plant projects and serves as team lead on projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Texas. 


The consulting engineering firm of Pate Engineers Inc. (Houston) changed its name to IDS Engineering Group. 


Georg Fischer Piping Systems Ltd. (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), a global supplier of plastic piping systems for the conveyance of liquids and gases in industry, building technology, and utility business areas, acquired Independent Pipe Products Inc. (Dallas), a family-run business specializing in the fabrication of large-diameter polyethylene fittings. The company also will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Independent Pipe Products.


Natural Systems Utilities LLC (Chicago City, Minn.),formerly EcoCheck, a private utility that designs, builds, owns, finances, and operates decentralized, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment systems throughout Minnesota, acquired the assets of Connexus WaterWays (Ramsey, Minn.), a division of Connexus Energy. The transaction includes the transfer of 11 Minnesota wastewater treatment systems from Connexus to Natural Systems Utilities.


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