Jeanette Brown
Jeanette Brown - Head Judge

Jeanette Brown is a Research Assistant Professor at Manhattan College. She is a Past-president of WEF.

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Austin Alexander
Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact at Xylem, Inc.
 

Anselmo Cassiano
Research Affiliate at MIT in Water Diplomacy

Originally from Brazil, Anselmo serves as Co-Chairman Lecture Series MIT Water and is a member of Harvard Law School Negotiators. Water is major part of his life. He serves as the captain of the MIT Triathlon Team, Volunteer Sailing and is a Karate Instructor at MIT.

 

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Andy Fraher
Adjunct professor at the University of North Carlina, Charlotte

Andy is excited to be back for a sixth year as a judge for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and is looking forward to this year’s competition.  Andy retired from Xylem in 2018 after more than 30 years in the water and wastewater industry, having held roles in marketing, sales, business development, operations, and engineering.  He is currently an adjunct professor teaching in the MBA program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Andy has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

 

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Samantha McBride
Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Dr. Samantha McBride works at Princeton University as a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is passionate about the environment and has over 10 years of experience working in different fields of water research. Her current work leverages the latest advancements in the fields of interfacial science, fluid physics, and nano science for applications in water treatment, resource recovery from wastewater, and sustainable desalination. She has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was awarded a Martin Sustainability Fellowship and co-vice president of the MIT Water Club. She also holds an MS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in environmental engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.

 

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Swarna Muthukrishnan
Staff Scientist, Clean Ocean Action

Swarna has been “swirling” in the water environment in her academic and professional endeavors. Starting off with addressing ground water pollution as a graduate student, she has worked in the research, development of innovative technologies including NPXpress (US8747671, US8012352B1) monitoring, and management of wastewater, stormwater, reclaimed water, and drinking water. At COA, she leverages her scientific expertise to plan the direction of science/policy research and advocacy on some key areas:

  • Water quality and nonpoint source runoff monitoring and management 
  • Microbial source track down of human sanitary pollution sources *
  • Citizen science in water quality monitoring and watershed restoration
  • Marine debris research, monitoring, reduction, and prevention 
  • Microplastics research and sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics
  • Climate change risks, offshore oil and gas drilling coastal resiliency and preparedness

She graduated from the Water Leadership Institute (WLI 2018) and is a certified Green Infrastructure champion (2019, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension).

 

Ana Peña-Tijerina, PhD, PE, BCEE
Wastewater Practice Leader, Plummer Associates, Inc.

Ana serves as the Wastewater Practice Leader at Plummer Associates. She has over 20 years of experience in wastewater engineering roles in academic, public, and private sectors. Her area of expertise and passion is wastewater treatment. She is an active member of WEF and participates in several committees including MRRDC, MEGA, LEOS, Industrial Committee, WEAT Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, and of course, as a national judge of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize since 2021.Ana authored and co-authored several technical papers and have presented more than 60 papers in local and national conferences and workshops. She is also a contributing author of the several EPA and WEF Manuals of Practice. Ana’s hobbies are reading, learning, walking, and eating.

 

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Eugene Smith
Applications and Project Engineer

Eugene received a BA from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, majoring in chemistry, mathematics and humanities.  Subsequently, he received a ME from Columbia University, NYC.  In a career of almost 50 years, he has held positions in research, inside and field technical support/service, engineering, sales and marketing.  His work for a large portion of this time has involved environmental issues, among multiple fields but most wastewater treatment and biogas markets.

 

 

Isaias Medina 

Isaias Medina III is a seasoned 30-year + international lawyer, former UN Security Council Diplomat, global strategist and thought leader. Environmentalist, Human Rights and water advocate. Expert in public international law, including space law, oceans and the law of the sea. Harvard Alumni and member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

Linda Figueroa

Dr. Linda A. Figueroa is a Professor of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She is a registered Civil Engineer with more that 40 years of experience in civil/environmental/mining engineering, water and wastewater technologies, applied microbiology, and the chemistry and management of metals and radionuclides in the environment. She has taught over twenty different courses over her career from biology to nuclear stewardship and fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering. She has advised over 40 graduate student theses/dissertations and published over 100 technical publications.

Mohamed Dahab

Mohamed Dahab is Professor and Past Chair in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska.  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Iowa State University with MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering. His research and practice interests are in sustainable systems for environmental and water quality management including biological treatment, nutrient removal, biosolids management, bio-energy recovery, and in the use of natural systems for wastewater treatment. 

 

Pedro Gochicoa 

Pedro Gochicoa is a Territory Manager for Xylem. Pedro’s focus is on providing technical support to water and wastewater utilities, consulting engineers, and businesses in the application of advanced water treatment and reuse applications. This includes promoting and supporting UV and ozone opportunities in the Western United States and Latin America. Pedro has over 12 years of interdisciplinary experience in the water industry, ranging from construction management to environmental consulting and business development.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. He is currently based in San Diego, California.

 

Ramesh Goel 

Dr. Ramesh Goel is a professor of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology in Civil &Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. He researches in nutrient management in wastewater, surface water quality and virology. He is associate editor of many international journals.