April 2012, Vol. 24, No.4


The Charleston (S.C.) Water System received the state’s 2011 Governor’s Quality Award. Jim Meeks, Charleston Water’s assistant director of human resources, also was recognized with the 2011 Champion of Excellence Award. The Governor’s Quality Award program recognizes organizations that achieve excellent performance in developing, implementing, and deploying a quality management system based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.


Theresa Grace has joined Greeley and Hansen (Chicago) as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She has more than 25 years of financial management and accounting experience.


RJN Group Inc. (Wheaton, Ill.) expanded its Midwest operations by opening an office in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City office will focus on knowledge base and leadership in professional collection system services, such as capacity, management, operation and maintenance; inflow and infiltration reduction; infrastructure assessment; asset management; fats, oils, and grease; sewer evaluations; flow monitoring; and sewer system rehabilitation design to municipalities and utility agencies in the area.


Siemens (Nuremberg, Germany) acquired Vistagy Inc. (Waltham, Mass.), a supplier of specialized engineering software and services. Vistagy focuses on designing and manufacturing structures made of advanced composite materials.


Themanagement consulting business unit of Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) appointed George Currie to lead and grow project financing and infrastructure management consulting services in the Asia–Pacific region. Currie has more than 30 years of experience in power, water, and transport engineering projects.


Paul R. Blindauer joined GEI Consultants Inc. (Green Bay, Wis.) as a senior consultant in the firm’s Green Bay office. He has 27 years of experience in environmental consulting. Blindauer will focus on due diligence, environmental compliance, and permitting efforts in the Midwest.


Grundfos Pumps (Fresno, Calif.) has unveiled its water technology center, a new facility for promoting innovative water research and developing sustainable solutions. The center will offer research entities access to the company’s resources and help to catalyze solutions to water scarcity challenges.


James A. Morris Jr., an ecologist at the National Ocean Service’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (Beaufort, N.C.), part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Erin Oleson, a whale and dolphin research ecologist at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (Honolulu); and David Richardson, a fishery dynamics researcher at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Narragansett, R.I.), were named recipients of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.


Lemna Technologies Inc. (Minneapolis) appointed Rhett J. Arens chief executive officer. He brings broad experience in management and marketing, including new product introduction and strategic business development for both domestic and international markets.


Primary Flow Signal Inc. (Cranston, R.I.), a provider of design, engineering, calibration, manufacturing, and application support for a wide range of differential producer-type flow primaries, entered into a business relationship with Ward Hill Marketing Inc. (Lawrence, Mass.), a technical and industrial outsource marketing firm. Ward Hill will provide both strategic and tactical marketing for Primary Flow Signal and its sister company, Turbines Inc. (Altus, Okla.).


NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.) appointed Alex Zhang managing director for water systems for the Asia–Pacific region. He has more than 16 years of experience in water treatment technologies, operations management, and international regulations ralated to water quality. Zhang will oversee the company’s water programs in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and India.


CSI Controls ® (Ashland, Ohio) selected Johnson & White Sales Co. Inc. (Olathe, Kan.) as its wholesale factory sales representative for western Missouri and Kansas.


Robert W. Bailey, president of the Water Business Group at CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) and a member of the company’s board of directors, was appointed to the Global Agenda Council on Water Security, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (Geneva). He currently serves on the forum’s Water Initiative Steering Board and has written a chapter about water scarcity for the forum’s book Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus. Bailey will be part of a team focused on the threat that water insecurity poses to the economic development and security of numerous countries.


APT Water Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.) and Rochem AG (Geneva) have merged. APT develops and deploys patented technology to destroy tough-to-treat contaminants that have rendered valuable water useless. Rochem deploys patented membrane modules into integrated treatment systems to clean water that would ruin ordinary membranes.


Modern Water (Guildford, England), a provider of water technologies for producing fresh water and monitoring water quality, entered into an agreement with Strategic Diagnostics Inc. (SDIX; Newark, Del.) to buy the assets of SDIX’s water quality division, including its Microtox® toxicity testing technology.


Ersin Kasirga joined Atkins (Tampa, Fla.) as a project director for the company’s water infrastructure engineering division. He has more than 30 years of experience in civil, environmental, water, and wastewater engineering. Before joining Atkins, Kasirga provided process design and project management for three major contracts for the DC Water (Washington, D.C.) Biosolids Management Program.


Godwin (Bridgeport, Conn.) has changed its name to Xylem Dewatering Solutions Inc. The change was effective Jan. 1.


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