June 2013, Vol. 25, No.6


Passavant–Geiger GmbH (Aarbergen, Germany), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bilfinger SE (Mannheim, Germany), acquired Johnson Screens Inc. (New Brighton, Minn.), a provider of screening products for water infrastructure, wastewater treatment, hydrocarbon processing, and general filtration. Passavant–Geiger and Johnson Screens will form the Bilfinger Water Technologies Group (Aarbergen). Johnson Screens management will continue to be part of the management team at the Bilfinger Water Technologies Group.  

As a result of this acquisition, Passavant–Geiger will double its output volume in the water and wastewater sector to more than 300 million. 

Phil Benson , vice president and global operations lead at the CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) Water Business Group’s Industrial, Energy, and Mining Platform; and Keith Coleman, structural design engineer, were presented with Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) during the 27th annual BEYA Science Technology, Engineer, and Math Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes exemplary employees for their achievements and helps retain highly capable and talented employees. Benson was recognized for his ability to see the world in a new light and have the energy and persistence to push forward until others see it too. Coleman was recognized for his ability to combine technical expertise with marketing skills in a high-level position, not only selling cutting-edge technology but also participating in development of product lines and marketing plans on a national and international scale.  

The University of Queensland (St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia) selected Chris Hertle, global water market leader at GHD (Melbourne, Queensland), to be an adjunct professor in the Advanced Water Management Centre for a period of 3 years. Hertle was recognized for his significant contribution to the work and activities of the university. GHD is an international network of engineers, architects, and environmental scientists serving clients in the global markets of water; energy and resources; environment; property and buildings; and transportation.  

Gresham, Smith, and Partners (Nashville, Tenn.), a multidisciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment, named John Reidy division vice president of the firm’s water resources division. Reidy will be responsible for the growth of the division and oversee the execution of water resources projects, financial operations, staff development, and client services and satisfaction. 

Robert (Bob) Battalio was appointed chief engineer and vice president of Environmental Science Associates (San Francisco), an environmental science and planning firm committed to the principles of sustainability. Battalio will oversee the firm’s engineering services in flood management, restoration design, and coastal engineering. He also joins senior leadership in setting direction and committing the firm’s resources to meet client needs. 

Mark S. Smith, vice president and chief information officer of American Water (Voorhees, N.J.), was selected as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013. This award spotlights leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative solutions to business challenges, and effectively managed information technology (IT) strategies. 

Alfa Laval Inc. (Richmond, Va.), a heat-transfer, centrifugal-separation, and fluid-handling company, acquired Ashbrook Simon–Hartley (Staffordshire, England), a manufacturer of liquid–solid separation, process systems, fluid control, and aftermarket products and services for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment installations worldwide. Both companies provide wastewater treatment applications where Alfa Laval is involved in dewatering, thickening, heating, and filtration and Ashbrook Simon–Hartley is involved in dewatering, thickening, filtration, primary clarification, aeration, secondary clarification, and biosolids pasteurization. 

Catherine Morley is the 2012 recipient of the Golden Manhole Award from the Illinois Water Environment Association (West Chicago). The award acknowledges a person who has made significant contributions in promoting individual professionalism and pride among those working in the design, management, construction, operations, and maintenance of collection systems. It also acknowledges contributions to the success of the association, its goals, and effort over an extensive period of time, which have positively contributed to the betterment of individuals associated with collection systems.