August 2012, Vol. 24, No.8


The New England office of Burns & McDonnell (Wallingford, Conn.) has hired Rachel Rosen as its new environmental regional global practice manager. She will provide support to the existing environmental consulting work for the company’s clients while simultaneously working within the environmental division to enhance and develop environmental service offerings throughout the northeast. 


Xylem (Buffalo, N.Y.) announced that Standard Xchange will be the new name of its industrial heat-transfer brand, formerly known as ITT Standard.


Jacobs Associates (San Francisco) has announced the promotions of Isabelle Lamb, Gregg Davidson, Dan Dobbels, and Mark Havekost to the position of principal.

Lamb is the firm’s first female principal. She has more than 20 years as a practicing engineering geologist, including tunnel design and geotechnical consulting projects in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Davidson has worked in the firm’s Seattle office since 2003 and has 24 years of experience in design, program, and construction management of tunnel and underground projects. He serves as a vice president of Jacobs Associates Canada Corp.

Dobbels has 28 years of technical and management experience in planning, design, and construction of a variety of geotechnical and underground engineering projects. He is project manager for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project and vice president of Jacobs Associates Canada Corp.

Havekost has 19 years of underground industry experience in design and geotechnical engineering in both rock and soil, pipeline evaluation and design, and conventional tunneling, microtunneling, and directional drilling.


CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) appointed Russell Ford, Paul Swaim, Lee Odell, Joe Elarde, and Jim Lozier to new roles as leaders of the firm’s Water Infrastructure Service team.

Ford was named leader of the Water Infrastructure Global Service. He will lead the company’s water infrastructure technology and client service for water treatment, reuse, desalination, and membrane projects.

Swaim was appointed deputy leader of the Global Water Infrastructure team. He will work with Ford to spearhead the company’s water infrastructure technology and client service.

Odell was appointed leader of Water Treatment Global Technology. Odell has 22 years of experience as an engineering consultant and 6 years of experience as a water treatment plant operator and operations supervisor.

Elarde was appointed Membrane Global Technology leader. He has more than 15 years of experience in the study, piloting, design, construction, commissioning, and operation of membrane filtration, membrane softening, brackish-water desalting, and seawater desalting facilities.

Lozier was named Desalination Global Technology leader. He has more than 30 years of professional service in the water treatment industry, and is an internationally recognized authority on membrane technologies.


Vietnam National University (Hanoi) on March 28 conferred an honorary doctorate to Professor Karl-Ulrich Rudolph, consultant at Environmental Engineering and Management (Witten, Germany). Rudolph received the honor for his outstanding success in the implementation of water research in Vietnam.


Tobey Strauch has joined AdEdge Water Technologies (Buford, Ga.) as control systems engineer. Strauch will be responsible for programming system control panels, quality assurance, process management, field support, troubleshooting, and designing mechanical and electrical interfaces for water treatment systems to remove arsenic, iron, manganese, and other contaminants from groundwater.


NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has named Guy Franklin managing director of its passport program. Franklin will help companies navigate the various regulatory, testing, and certification requirements in each country to gain entry into new international markets. In addition to his new role, he will continue as managing director of WRc–NSF, the United Kingdom’s largest testing and calibration laboratory for water fittings and materials.


Xia He, a graduate of Xi’an University of Technology (Beijing), has been named the 2012 recipient of the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award, a new award sponsored by HDR Inc. (Omaha, Neb.). Xia’s specific areas of research include novel biological reactor design, nutrient removal from wastewater, dynamics of microbial populations in biological systems, blockages in sewer systems, and energy generation from wastewater.

The award will be given annually to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge of industrial wastewater management.


James E. Fisher has been named manager of nonrevenue water services at Echologics Engineering (Mississauga, Ontario), a division of Mueller Co. (Atlanta).Fisher will focus on leveraging the company’s acoustic-based leak-detection and condition assessment to help municipalities identify and mitigate points of nonrevenue water loss in their water systems.


The Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.) has awarded the Columbia Medal, its highest honor, to William “Red” Whittaker of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh).

The award is given to an individual for sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of aerospace engineering, sciences, and technology in civil engineering. Whittaker is Fredkin Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute, director of the Field Robotics Center, and founder of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium, all at Carnegie Mellon.


The American Water Works Co. Inc. (Voorhees, N.J.) acquired seven water systems in New York state for approximately $39 million and assumed debt of $23 million. The water systems are located in Nassau, Washington, Westchester, and Ulster counties and serve more than 152,000 people.

In a separate transaction, the company sold its eight regulated water systems and one wastewater system in Ohio for approximately $101 million and $11 million in assumed debt.

The agreement for both of these transactions is with Aqua America Inc. (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), a provider of quality water and wastewater services.


Reynolds Inliner (Orleans, Ind.), a wastewater infrastructure renewal contractor, has been renamed Layne Inliner. 


Ehab Mesel joined The Water Institute of the Gulf (Baton Rouge, La.) as director of natural systems modeling and monitoring. In addition to overseeing the institute’s modeling and field observation capabilities, Mesel will build partnerships with universities, government agencies, and the private sector to build and implement modeling and monitoring programs.


ProChemTech International Inc. (Brockway, Pa.) has announced that its chief chemist, Timothy Keister, has been awarded U.S. patent No. 8,128,841, “Composition for Operation of Evaporative Cooling Towers With Minimal or No Blowdown.” This patent discloses the method and composition for operation of an evaporative cooling tower with minimal or no blowdown. ProChemTech markets this technology under the SofTek™ and Zero Blowdown Technology–ZBT™ brands.


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