January 2013, Vol. 25, No.1

Business

Edmund O. Schweitzer III has been awarded the 2012 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering award sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, and Power and Energy Societies (New York) for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment. The award honors individuals for outstanding contributions to technology associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, application, and utilization of electric power for the betterment of society.  

 

Applied Technology Solutions (ATS; Castle Hayne, N.C.), a provider of integrated software products to utility cooperatives, partnered with Harris Utilities’ MeterSense(Ottawa, Ontario), for its meter data management solution needs. The partnership enables ATS to offer more functionality to electricity cooperatives in the United States.  

 

Grundfos Pumps Corp. (Olathe, Kan.), a global provider of pump solutions and water technology, presented the University of Kansas School of Engineering (Lawrence) with a $20,000 grant to benefit the school’s mechanical engineering program. The gift will support senior design projects in mechanical engineering that concentrate on environmental and sustainability issues.  

 

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP; Champaign, Ill.) awarded its first Lifetime Achievement Award to former board member and executive director Roger L. Brauer. Brauer was employed by the board for 19 years, first as technical director, then as executive director until his retirement in 2010. During his lifelong commitment to his profession, Brauer volunteered countless hours, wrote numerous books, book chapters, official reports, articles, and presentations. BCSP is recognized as the leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners.  

 

Connecticut Water Service Inc. (Clinton) has entered into an agreement to acquire the Biddeford and Saco Water Co. (Biddeford, Maine). This transaction will add approximately $19.4 million in rate base and grows the company’s overall customer base by 15,500. The acquisition requires the approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, a vote of the shareholders of Biddeford and Saco, and the satisfaction of several other conditions. At press time, the company anticipated a closing in the fourth quarter of 2012.  

 

Randall Booker Jr . has been named senior vice president in the water services market of Gresham, Smith, and Partners (Atlanta), a multidisciplinary design and consulting firm. Booker will serve as a firmwide treatment process and technology leader for the delivery of water services projects.  

 

David Buecker joined Environmental Science Associates (San Francisco) as vice president and practice leader for energy and industrial facilities. He will lead one of the firm’s core business practices, supported by more than 300 planners and technical specialists throughout the West Coast.  

 

Jerry Gordon , president of Sprayroq Inc. (Pelham, Ala.), was appointed to be a member of the Alabama District Export Council (Birmingham), a volunteer organization drawn from Alabama businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. As a member of the council, Gordon will play a major role in planning and coordinating export activities for the region.  

 

Brian J. Cohen has been named president and CEO of Aeration Industries International Ltd. (Chaska, Minn.), a manufacturer of advanced aeration equipment and wastewater treatment systems serving the industrial and municipal wastewater treatment and aquaculture markets. Cohen succeeds Daniel Durda, who will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Durda is past chair of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (Washington, D.C.).  

 

Blue Gold Canada (Toronto), an organic- and nanotechnology-based water purification company, received the Conagua Certification from the National Water Commission of Mexico(Coyoacán, Mexico City) for its water treatment quality. The company has a suite of proprietary nanobiotechnology solutions to turn contaminated waters into pure, safe, and drinkable water.  

 

Alonzo L. Fulgham joined the Environmental Services Business Group at CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) as vice president of strategy and sustainable international development. He will identify and secure new opportunities in the areas of sustainable development, climate science, and public health and security. He has more than 20 years of experience in global strategic planning, business development, project design, and business operations.  

 

Evan Gaddis , president and CEO of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (Rosslyn, Va.) was appointed to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. The committee will advise the U.S. secretary of commerce on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of U.S. supply chains, including programs and policies to expand U.S. exports of goods, services, and technology in accordance with applicable regulations.  

 

Jacobs Associates (Seattle) announced several promotions to senior associate level. Keith Abey is a structural engineer providing critical design review, numerical modeling, forensic engineering support, and advice on historic structures for a variety of applications. For more than 30 years, Ted DePooter has managed complex underground projects. His expertise ranges from advising clients on project schedules and contract finances to conducting evaluations on complex tunnel-control systems. Mark Lawrence has 30 years of experience in engineering and construction. He specializes in the design of permanent and temporary excavation support systems. Dan Van Roosendaal is a geotechnical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in project management, rock and soft-ground tunneling, rock and soil-slope stabilization, and blasting.  

 

Oldcastle Precast Inc.  (Atlanta), a manufacturer of precast and polymer concrete products, acquired key assets of six precast-concrete operations in California owned by U.S. Concrete ( Euless, Texas ). This acquisition is intended to strengthen Oldcastle’s presence in the western U.S. market and provide a leading position in the storm and sanitary sewer market in Northern California while adding solid statewide positions in the company’s utility, transportation, and structural businesses.  

 

John Piazza was appointed senior vice president of the process technology divisionof Alfa Laval Inc. (Richmond, Va.). He is charged with leading sales and marketing efforts to achieve sustained profitable growth for the energy, environment, food, life science, and process industry segments of the company in the U.S.  

 

The U.S.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named Gerd Glang director of the administration’s Office of Coast Survey and the nation’s chief hydrographer, responsible for mapping and charting of all U.S. coastal waters. Glang also will oversee theadministration’s hydrographic services, considered vital to the $1.9 trillion U.S. maritime economy and supporting President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative.