Susan Leal was appointed chief strategy officer and senior vice president for Water in the Americas at AECOM (Los Angeles). She is a former general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and a founding member of the Water Utility Climate Alliance(San Francisco). She recently completed 2 years as a senior fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.). During her fellowship, she co-authored the book Running Out of Water with Harvard professor Peter Rogers. She is an associate in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and sits on the advisory board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
The water business group at HDR (Omaha, Neb.) was selected by the Water Research Foundation (Denver) to develop a guidance manual that provides utilities with a comprehensive resource for solving water treatment problems due to variable levels of manganese in their source water. Phil Brandhuber will serve as both principal investigator and project manager, and Sarah Clark will serve as both co-principal investigator and lead writer of the manual, Guidance for Treatment of Manganese. Both are based in HDR’s Denver office.
In addition, Michael Brainard joined HDR as director of government compliance. Before joining HDR, he was founder and president of the Brainard Group LLC (McLean, Va.).
Apex Companies LLC (Rockville, Md.) announced the acquisition of TITAN Engineering Inc. (Dallas). The acquisition enables Apex to offer clients environmental and engineering services within a broader geographic network.
Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Port Orange, Fla.) announced the appointment of Gajeske Inc. (Houston), Best Line Equipment (State College, Pa.), and Power Equipment Co. (Knoxville, Tenn.) as regional sales, rental, and service representatives for the Thompson Pump product portfolio in multiple territories across the United States.
Mikes Maillakakis joined Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) in Fort Myers, Fla., as a senior instrumentation/controls engineer in the firm’s water practice. With more than 11 years of experience, he is the former energy management program manager for Lee County (Fla.) Utilities.
The United Kingdom division of AUMA Actuators Inc. (Canonsburg, Pa.) appointed Brian Forrest as a technical sales engineer for the southeastern region of England. He replaces Geoff Eldred, who joined the company in 1998 and is retiring.
Parkson Corp. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) named Michael Lamminen director of international business. In the newly created position, he will lead an international drive to market the company’s technologies. Before joining Parkson, Lamminen was global sales manager at InterClean Equipment Inc. (Ypsilanti, Mich.).
The Aqua America Inc. (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) board of directors appointed Wendell F. Holland to its board of directors. A partner in the law firm of Saul Ewing(Philadelphia), Holland brings utility experience and knowledge to the board, having served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and vice president of American WaterWorks Co. Inc. (Voorhees, N.J.), as well as having served in various leadership positions for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (Washington, D.C.). Holland received the Annual Award for Excellence in 1994 from the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (Washington, D.C.) and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award in 2007 from the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Irving, Texas). He also served on the board of directors of Allegheny Energy (Greensburg, Pa.) and currently serves on the board of directors of the Bryn Mawr Trust Co.
Layne Christensen Co. (Mission Woods, Kan.) announced the opening of its Center of Excellence facility in Phoenix. The 5574-m2 (60,000-ft2) facility centralizes the engineering and sales efforts of the Water Technologies Group.
Paul Hsieh, research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, earned the Federal Employee of the Year Medal for providing critical scientific information during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Hsieh’s calculations were key in helping senior federal officials and scientists conclude that the containment cap on the ruptured well was working and did not have to be removed, thus ensuring no additional oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a U.S. Department of the Interior news release.
The Federal Employee of the Year Medal is presented by Partnership for Public Service(Washington, D.C.) and recognizes annually a federal employee whose professional contributions exemplify the highest attributes of public service. Hsieh has had a 33-year career at the U.S. Geological Survey.
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