January 2007, Vol. 19, No.1


Peter Hyde, chief engineer in the global water business of Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) has been honored with the Friendship Award by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in China. Hyde was nominated by the Songliao Water Resources Commission (Changchun, China) for work he performed as international team leader on the Songhua River Flood Management Sector Project.

 Atlantium (Bet Shemesh, Israel), manufacturer of water disinfection products, has opened in office in Shanghai. George Gu, formerly with Shanghai Suntory Beverage, will lead the office as its Asia representative. Atlantium’s Hydro-Optic Disinfection™ solution addresses China’s growing demand for environmentally friendly technologies and advanced water disinfection systems.

Civil engineering firm Nolte Associates Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) hired Tripat Mangat as engineering manager of its San Jose civil design group. Mangat will oversee civil engineering projects for master planned communities, both greenfield and urban infill. He brings more than 26 years of civil engineering experience, including planning and design of urban infrastructure, dams, water supplies, hydraulic engineering, and environmental protection projects.

GE Water and Process Technologies (Trevose, Pa.) will set up a global research and development center in Singapore, investing $130 million (Singapore; US$82 million) during the next 10 years. The GE Water & Process Technologies Global R&D Center will be hosted at the National University of Singapore, where GE will collaborate with the university on water technology and research. GE plans to employ 100 researchers at the center.

ATS-Chester Engineers (Moon Township, Pa.) named Steve Schoedinger vice president of the Florida and Caribbean region. Schoedinger will serve as the senior technical resource for water and wastewater while leading business development and project delivery. He also will oversee the recently awarded Bahamas project and serve as senior manager on the newly established Disaster Recovery Group in Florida.

Boyle Engineering Corp. (Newport Beach, Calif.) hired Matthew Thomas to oversee its Water/Wastewater Practice Group serving clients throughout Orange County, Calif. Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities.

Environmental, engineering, and natural resources firm Cardinal Resources (Monroeville, Pa.) has opened a Scottsdale, Ariz., office. Cardinal is performing numerous projects in support of U.S. American Resources’s (USAR’s) mining operations, including engineering, water supply, mine dewatering projects, and completion of required environmental permits for the expanding mining operations.

A project to remediate contaminated groundwater at the Watervliet Arsenal (Watervliet, N.Y.), a century-old active military installation, won the National Ground Water Association’s (Westerville, Ohio) 2006 Outstanding Ground Water Remediation Project Award, recognizing the work of environmental engineers and scientists at environmental consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.) and collaborative team members from the University of Waterloo (Ontario). To meet the tight deadline and long-term goals of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the team used an innovative, in situ chemical oxidation process to destroy contaminants in the fractured bedrock at the site.

Jantje Johnson has been named president of the newly formed Genesys North America LLC (Minneapolis), which covers sales and marketing of the Genesys product line in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Johnson has extensive experience in the membrane process industry, having worked in the engineering sector before joining several chemical service companies. Most recently, she has been working in the technical department of FilmTec Corp. (Minneapolis) as a senior technical specialist.

Consulting, engineering, and operations firm Woodard and Curran (Portland, Maine) named Thomas R. Eschner,Bruce Nicholson, and Steve Woodard as senior vice presidents. They also have been elected to join the firm’s group of 33 stockholders. Eschner is a senior project manager who has been with the firm since 1999. Nicholson has been advising colleges, universities, medical facilities, utilities, and industrial facilities on environmental compliance issues since joining the firm in 1999. Woodard has 13 years of experience in wastewater engineering and specializes in industrial waste treatment, biological treatment processes, nutrient removal systems, and aeration systems.

ATS-Chester Engineers (Moon Township, Pa.) has been awarded a contract by the Water and Sewerage Corporation of the Bahamas to provide engineering and planning services for a regional wastewater and sewage treatment facility. The facility will serve the central portion of the Island of New Providence in Nassau, including new housing developments and the incoming $1.6 billion Baha Mar resort.