September 2013, Vol. 25, No.9


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Fellows Recognition Program recognizes distinguished accomplishments and contributions of individuals who have made an impact in the global water environment in a variety of disciplines. The WEF Board of Trustees has approved the following individuals as the 2013 group of WEF Fellows. 

Kartik Chandran
Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University (New York)   Bruce Corwin
Sacramento, Calif., office of CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.)   

John Crittenden
Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (Atlanta)  

Davis Ford
Davis L. Ford & Associates (Austin, Texas)   Eduardo Jordão 
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro 

Mike Kavanaugh 
Oakland, Calif., office of Geosyntec Consultants (Boca Raton, Fla.)   

Cecil Lue-Hing
Cecil Lue-Hing and Associates Inc.(Burr Ridge, Ill.)   

Richard Luthy
Stanford (Calif.) University   

Richard Luthy  Stanford (Calif.) University   

Robert C. Marini
CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.)   

Keith Riley (retired)  
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Northeast District Office (Copley, Ohio)  

Bruce Rittmann  
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (Tempe)  

Julian Sandino 
Kansas City, Mo., office of CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.)   

Perry Schafer  
Alexandria, Va., office of Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.)  

Henry G. Schwartz Jr. (retired)  
St. Louis office of Sverdrup/Jacobs Civil Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.)  

James Stahl  
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., office of MWH Global (Broomfield, Colo.)  

Click here to download a PDF of the 2013 WEF Fellows


Whitewater Technologies (Tel Aviv, Israel), a global provider of water network management software solutions to utilities and industries, signed a memorandum of understanding with Morris Allen & Associates (MAA; Tallahassee, Fla.), a provider of value-driven information technology and security consulting services. The agreement will leverage MAA’s information technology consulting and security practice with the WaterWall and BlueBox systems to provide U.S. water utilities with top security capabilities. Both teams are working to develop the scope of these offerings and mapping their existing pipelines.  

Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.), a private research university globally recognized as an academic authority on coastal, oceanographic, and maritime engineering, formed a strategic partnership with Langan Engineering & Environmental Services (Elmwood Park, N.J.), a provider of civil, geotechnical, and environmental consulting services specializing in waterfront communities and port cities, to provide expertise related to flood mapping and deliver engineering solutions to help protect coastlines and urban areas threatened by sea-level rise.  

Klotz Associates (Houston) has hired Kenyon Huntas public utilities department manager. Hunt has 24 years of consulting experience in water, wastewater, and environmental engineering projects with dozens of municipal, industrial, and government clients throughout the U.S. 

Layne Christensen Co. (Mission Woods, Kan.), a global water management, construction, and drilling company, entered a partnership with Water For People (Denver), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to developing sustainable and reliable drinking water resources and sanitation facilities for communities in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. As part of the partnership, Layne Christensen will provide technical expertise to help Water For People establish best practices, as well as promote involvement among its employees.  

Aquatech (Canonsburg, Pa.), a provider of water purification technology and services for the industrial and infrastructure markets, has acquired Fluid Recovery Services (Creekside, Pa.), which operates a network of central, satellite, and mobile facilities that deliver a menu of environmentally compliant, economically viable water management services. The acquisition will expand the network from three to five central water management facilities located in Franklin, Josephine, Creekside, Rouseville, and Tioga, Pa., establishing an “end-to-end” network for producers in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. 

Badger Meter Inc. (Milwaukee) was recognized with The Business Journal’s Eureka Award in the Manufacturing category for its new product development in water and industrial markets.  

Brian Ramaley joined CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.) as a senior technical specialist in water utility management. He has more than 35 years of experience in drinking water supply, treatment, and distribution systems. Before joining the company, he worked with James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers Inc. ( Broomfield, Colo.) and as an engineer for the City of Durham, N.C. He is based in the Newport News, Va., office. 

Rosa Castro-Krawiec has joined Jacobs Associates (San Francisco) as a senior associate in the Boston office. Castro-Krawiec is a structural engineer with 29 years of experience in structural design production, engineering services, and project management. Her work has encompassed the design and construction of buildings, aboveground structures, and underground structures for transportation, environmental, civil, industrial, institutional, and high-technology facilities throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a global independent public health organization that tests, certifies, and writes standards for products for the water, food, health sciences, and consumer goods industries, has opened an office in Abu Dhabi to better meet the growing demand for testing, certification, auditing, consulting and training services in the Middle East and North Africa.  

McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. (St. Louis), a domestic general contractor, has hired Tracy Kimnach as project director within the Infrastructure Services team. Kimnach will lead construction of one of the largest ozone treatment facilities servicing a 2.9-million-m3/d (770-mgd) water treatment facility in Wylie, Texas. Kimnach will focus on various internal and external project teams to ensure a successful, fully integrated approach throughout all phases of the project.   

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) has transferred its ClorTec ® onsite sodium hypochlorite generation product line to Severn Trent De Nora LLC (Sugar Land, Texas), a joint venture of Severn Trent Services and Industrie De Nora (Milan). Through the transfer of the ClorTec product line, Severn Trent De Nora now is able to offer a broader portfolio of electrochlorination products across a variety of markets and customer applications. 

LB Water (Selinsgrove, Pa.), an employee-owned, value-added distributor to the people and companies building the U.S. Middle Atlantic region’s water infrastructure, was recognized by the Maryland Rural Water Association (Woodbine) as Associate Member of the Year for its support and service to the association and the water industry in Maryland.  

American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) was named the top-ranked “healthiest employer” in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers awards. This award recognizes the company’s health and wellness program, Healthy Solutions, which includes access to a dedicated website where employees and their families can participate in a free, confidential health assessment, as well as get tools and tips about health, fitness, stress management, and weight management. 

Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.), a nationwide environmental engineering company, promoted five senior management members. 

Jay Patil , senior vice president, was promoted to director of client services. He will be responsible for companywide sales and growth strategies. 

Cindy Paulson, senior vice president, was promoted to director of technical services, with responsibility for advancing technical services and solutions. She has managed programs and projects across a range of water-related issues nationwide during the past 25 years, including ecosystem restoration, water quality assessments, watershed planning and management, water supply planning, sustainability, and stakeholder consensus building. 

Marc Damikolas was promoted to senior vice president and business unit managerfor the California region. His technical background encompasses planning, design, and construction of civil engineering projects during the last 16 years. 

Robert Ash was promoted to senior vice president and the new role of enterprise risk manager. He has 31 years of experience in the design, construction, and remediation of solid and hazardous waste management facilities, nvestigation and remediation of industrial facilities, and groundwater and wastewater treatment design. 

Jeffrey Theerman , vice president, was promoted to lead the newly combined Utility Performance, Operations and Maintenance, and Information Technology Group. He joined Brown and Caldwell after completing 28 years with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, where he was executive director for 9 years. He managed and supervised a 900-person staff with an annual operating budget of $161.9 million.  

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission selected Emilio Cruz as its assistant general manager of infrastructure for the retail and wholesale water agency, which also manages the city’s sewer system and provides hydroelectric power to public facilities. Cruz is overseeing all water, power, and sewer capital programs and projects, including the Water System Improvement Program, which extends from California’s Central Valley to downtown San Francisco, and the Sewer System Improvement Program within the city. 

PFS Technologies, a global supplier of flow measurement technologies and fire suppression systems, has opened its headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company will be under the direction of Nanda Kumar, an experienced executive specializing in the sales and marketing of oil and gas products in the region. 

Timothy Grimm has joined theCentral Region Operations unit of RJN Group (Wheaton, Ill.) as project engineer. He will focus on design, flow monitoring, and sewer system evaluation survey work on projects for the City of Elmhurst, Village of Wilmette, Village of Bartlett, City of West Chicago, and City of Batavia, all in Illinois. Before joining the company, he was a project engineer for 10 years at Rempe–Sharpe & Associates (Geneva, Ill.). His experience includes design and rehabilitation projects covering water wells, water storage, water distribution, pumping stations, sanitary lift stations, and sanitary sewers.  

World Water Works Inc. (Oklahoma City), a designer and manufacturer of wastewater treatment solutions, and Hampton Roads (Va.) Sanitation District received the American Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (Annapolis, Md.) Honor Award for Environmental Sustainability for implementing the first DEMON ® sidestream deammonification system in North America. The process previously had been used only in Europe. The York River Treatment Plant proved a perfect candidate for the system, because its sequential batch reactors and equalization tanks could be retrofitted easily for the process. 

H2O Innovation Inc. (Québec City), a provider of water treatment solutions for municipal and industrial markets, opened a new office in Burlington, Ontario. The company is expanding its operations as part of its strategic growth to maintain coast-to-coast business coverage across Canada and serve clients in the central and midwestern U.S. 

Thompson Pump (Port Orange, Fla.), a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of portable, diesel-driven pumps, named Bobby Thompson Branch Manager of the Year. Thompson is manager of the Panama City, Fla., location and recently was promoted to manager of the territory extending from Mobile, Ala., to Tallahassee, Fla., which includes southwestern Georgia and portions of southern Alabama. 

Environmental Science Associates (ESA; Los Angeles), an environmental science and planning consulting firm, announced that it has merged with Vigil–Agrimis (Portland, Ore.), a professional design firm specializing in water and natural resource management. The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen technical services through added expertise in ecosystem restoration, landscape architecture, and water resources engineering. 

Ken Vigil and Paul Agrimis were named vice presidents and will lead strategic business integration and expansion of environmental hydrology in the Pacific Northwest. Together, they have more than 40 years of experience in river, wetland, and coastal restoration.  

Stantec (Alexandria, Va.), a provider of professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects, has acquired the assets of Roth Hill LLC. (Bellevue, Wash.), a 30-person civil engineering firm. Roth Hill holds an extensive project portfolio, designing systems for collection, distribution, and/or treatment of water and wastewater, servicing cities and utility districts throughout the Puget Sound region. Stantec has three offices across the Pacific Northwest, including locations in Portland, Ore., and two offices in Redmond and Seattle, Wash. As a part of the company’s water practice, Roth Hill will join a team of more than 1000 practitioners. 

Rafael Simon has joined Microvi Biotechnologies (Hayward, Calif.), a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative biocatalytic technologies in the water, energy, and chemical industries. Simon will be chairman of the board of directors. Prior to joining the company, Simon was the CEO of Zenon Environmental (Vista, Calif.).  

Psomas (Los Angeles), a consulting engineering firm, has formed a partnership with TaKaDu (Yehud, Israel), a global leader in water network monitoring. Both companies will serve the U.S. market by offering TaKaDu’s software to monitor water distribution networks. 

The National Water Research Institute (Fountain Valley, Calif.) selected civil and environmental engineer R. Rhodes Trussell as the 20th recipient of the its Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Trussell is chairman and CEO of Trussell Technologies Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.), an environmental engineering consulting firm. Consisting of a medallion and $50,000 award, the prize is given each year to recognize research accomplishments that solve real-world water problems and to highlight the importance and need to continue funding this type of research. 

Trussell was selected because of his extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most-challenging water quality problems and improve the designs of new water treatment facilities and technologies. Trussell serves on the institute’s expert panel to review the development and implementation of the Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System, the largest indirect potable-water reuse project of its kind in the world. He is also chairman of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Water Reuse, which in 2012 published the report Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation’s Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater. 

Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. (Denver) hired Rick Giardina as an executive vice president. Giardina is a certified public accountant with more than 34 years of managerial and financial consulting experience in the utility industry, and a leader in water and wastewater rate design. He has helped develop industry standards by contributing to many publications, including the rate and finance manuals of the American Water Works Association (Denver) and the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.). 

Envirogen Technologies Inc. (Kingwood, Texas) announced the formal launch of the Envirogen Service Center in Memphis, Tenn., offering technology-based water treatment solutions to industrial and municipal customers. The center’s capabilities include ion exchange and adsorptive-media regeneration; system design and installation for deionized water production for various industrial needs; heavy-metals removal and recovery; precious metals removal and recovery; and reverse-osmosis systems. The center also designs, installs, and services temporary and mobile treatment systems for industrial process water, boiler feedwater, and wastewater applications and provides laboratory support for project assessment and pilot studies.  

Jeffrey McBride joined Wendel (Buffalo, N.Y.), an architectural and engineering firm, in the firm’s water infrastructure group. He is based in the company’s Richmond, Va., office and will support projects across the eastern seaboard. He has 20 years of national and international experience in water and wastewater treatment, and 26 years in the environmental engineering field. 

Gerald C. (Bud) Grove has joined Skelly and Loy (Harrisburg, Pa.) as senior civil engineer. He will be responsible for quality assurance and quality control of the company’s civil engineering projects, including land development and construction inspection.