April 2008, Vol. 20, No.4


 Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) member Rula A. Deeb is the 2008 recipient of the University of California at Berkeley’s Engineering Innovation Award in the category of Outstanding Young Leader. A senior associate in the Emeryville, Calif., office of Malcolm Pirnie (White Plains, N.Y.), Deeb was recognized for her pioneering work with water contaminants and bioremediation in improving the environment. She is the first environmental engineering graduate to receive this award.

SulphCo® Inc. (Houston) recently appointed M. Clay Chambers as chief operating officer. Chambers has more than 35 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industry. He has extensive expertise regarding the full range of refinery and petrochemical processing units and also has held senior management positions in the product, crude supply, and petroleum marketing areas.

Bio-Microbics Inc. (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) is exporting 10 of its FAST® wastewater treatment systems and related equipment to Acuapro S.A. (Monterrey, Mexico) with the backing of a 10-year, $824,000 loan guarantee from the Export–Import Bank of the United States (Washington, D.C.). The Bio-Microbics equipment will be used to treat wastewater from large commercial buildings for water reuse as part of the retailer’s water conservation program.

The City of Buffalo, N.Y., and water and wastewater utility American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) were honored with the 2008 Excellence in Public–Private Partnership Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (Washington, D.C.). The award credits the outstanding achievements made possible through the combined effort of cities and the members of the conference’s Mayors Business Council. American Water and the City of Buffalo were honored for the positive results of a public–private partnership and significant improvements to the city’s water system.

ROTEX Global LLC (Cincinnati), a manufacturer of screening equipment and technology for the process industries, named Robert W. Dieckman chief financial officer. Dieckman attended the University of Notre Dame (Ind.), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Ashbrook Simon–Hartley (Houston), a provider of water and wastewater treatment solutions, recently purchased substantially all of the assets of Wilfley Weber Inc. (Denver), an aeration technologies company that serves municipal and industrial wastewater markets.

The Gulf Coast Trenchless Association (Houston), in affiliation with Underground Construction magazine, has named Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (Houston) Vice President Rafael Ortega as the 2008 Most Valuable Professional in the private sector. Ortega joined the firm in 1981 and has experience in a wide variety of civil engineering fields. He directs the firm’s Infrastructure Large Diameter Business Group and is instrumental in the operation of Houston’s $398 million Surface Water Transmission Program capital improvements project.

The city of Mankato, Minn., in partnership with Calpine Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), and engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.), have earned the 2007 Project of the Year Award in the Environment category (for projects costing more than $10 million) from the Minnesota chapter of the American Public Works Association (Kansas City) for an environmentally and economically beneficial water reclamation facility. The facility produces high-quality water for reuse in the generation of electricity by Calpine. Black & Veatch provided planning, design, and construction-related services for the facility, which was constructed through a public–private partnership among Mankato, Calpine, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Skelly and Loy Inc. (Harrisburg, Pa.) recently hired four professionals. Sara J. Stees joined the Environmental Services Group as an environmental specialist. John W. Peters joined the Engineering Services Group as a senior mining specialist. Bruce P. Willman and Luke E. Smeltz, both certified professional soils scientists, joined the After Market Services Group.

JWC Environmental (Costa Mesa, Calif.), a manufacturer and provider of wastewater equipment services, recently promoted Kenny Oyler to director of the Monster Separation Systems® Division.