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.

Dr. Maya Carrasquillo

Dr. Maya Carrasquillo
Management Consultant, Arcadis U.S.

Dr. Maya Carrasquillo has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida. Dr. Carrasquillo’s dissertation research employed an interdisciplinary, community-engaged approach at the nexus of stormwater management, environmental justice, and sustainable development with the goal to develop equitable process-based solutions for the design, implementation, and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure in East Tampa, Florida, a predominantly African American community. Dr. Carrasquillo currently serves on the WEFTEC Advisory Committee, has served on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Youth Climate Change Work Group, and is a certified Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).

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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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Zonetta English
Strategic Initiatives & Project Delivery Director, Louisville MSD

Zonetta has served over 25 years in the public water sector. In addition, she has 17 years of experience as an adjunct college professor.   Currently, Zonetta oversees strategic initiatives and partnerships for innovation. She also implements company-wide innovation through review and implementation of advanced technologies, best in class process improvements, development of key strategic partnerships, and collaboration with university and research experts on wastewater and storm water emerging trends and regulatory advancements. 


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

Andy is excited to be back for a fifth 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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Felicia Glapion
Enterprise Utility Asset Management Director, AlexRenew

Felicia Glapion is a licensed professional engineer who has worked in the water industry for more than 17 years. She is the Director of Enterprise Utility Asset Management at AlexRenew (a public Water Resource Recovery Facility).

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Mwende Lefler
Principal Civil Engineer, MWRD Chicago

Mwende has been with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for almost 15 years, working in the Process Design group. Previous experience and education include environmental engineering consulting, a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University, and a Master's in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.

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Rasha Maal-Bared
Wastewater Treatment Specialist, EPCOR Water Canada

Dr. Maal-Bared is the wastewater treatment specialist at EPCOR Water Canada. She completed her PhD in Environmental Microbiology at the University of British Columbia and her MSc degrees at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dalhousie University. She is the chair of the WEF Waterborne Infectious Disease Outbreak Control (WIDOC) subcommittee, which received the WEF 2020 Water Heroes award for their work on COVID-19. She was also honored to receive the 2020 Empowering Women in Industry “Leadership in STEM/STEAM” award. She serves on the editorial boards of Science of the Total Environment and Data in Brief. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling with her family, and playing Minecraft with her nine-year-old daughter.


Samantha McBride
Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Samantha McBride is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, where she researches how new interfacial and nanoscale technologies can be used in water treatment and desalination. Prior to joining Princeton, she completed a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in environmental engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the recipient of a Martin Sustainability Fellowship and a third time judge for SJWP.

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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).

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

Dr. Ana Pena-Tijerina has more than twenty years of experience in the water industry in academic, public, and private sectors. Her area of expertise and passion is wastewater treatment. Dr. Pena-Tijerina holds a Doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Technological Institute of Monterrey. Dr. Pena-Tijerina authored and co-authored several technical papers and have presented more than 40 papers in local and national conferences and workshops.

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Rod Reardon
Chief Technologist & Vice President, Carollo Engineers

Mr. Reardon is a Vice President at Carollo Engineers. Mr. Reardon is an environmental engineer with over 40 years of experience in the study, design, and operation of municipal wastewater facilities. He has expertise in advanced wastewater treatment processes for the removal of nutrients, and in the use of membrane technologies, gained through design work on over 50 nutrient removal facilities nationwide with a total treatment capacity in excess of 700 mgd. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in civil/sanitary engineering from Lehigh University.

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May Sharif
Project Manager, Hunt Engineers, Architects, and Surveyors

Upon graduation, M became a founding member of AguaClara Reach, a social enterprise focused on deploying the novel water treatment technologies being developed at Cornell at the time. May traveled to India in 2013, and worked to pilot an innovative, affordable, space- and water-saving filtration-disinfection system in villages in the state of Jharkhand. Currently, she works at Hunt Engineers, Architects, and Surveyors in Horseheads, New York, where she applies the global lessons learned from AguaClara Reach to upstate New York municipalities to secure their water and sanitation infrastructure in the long term.

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Brian Shell
Senior Technical Principal, WSP USA

Brian Shell is a senior technical principal and consultant with the global engineering firm WSP where he is the co-lead for water alternative delivery consulting engagements. He is a licensed professional engineer with a technical background that spans drinking water and wastewater, alternative energy, stormwater, and transportation projects. Brian is proud to have been a 2007 participant in the program when he was a high school student representing the state of New Jersey and a published author in the Journal of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

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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.


Peter Vanrolleghem
Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Modelling - Université Laval

Peter obtained his degrees in Bio-engineering and PhD in Environmental Technologies from Ghent University (Belgium). After a professorship in bioprocess modeling at that university, he immigrated in 2006 to Quebec (Canada) as holder of the Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Modelling. He is full professor at Université Laval’s Civil and Water Engineering Department and his research team, modelEAU, focuses on urban wastewater systems and tackles challenges such as nutrient removal and recovery, fate of micropollutants and emissions of greenhouse gases, by developing and using mathematical models, automated monitoring stations, process control and in-house pilot- and full-scale experimental work.

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Brian Yates
Civil and Environmental Engineer, Burgess & Niple

Mr. Yates attended the University of Cincinnati and the University of California at Berkeley where he earned his B.S in Civil Engineering and Pure Mathematics and his M.S in Environmental Engineering, respectively. Mr. Yates began his career at Battelle Memorial Institute before joining Burgess & Niple in Columbus, Ohio.  During his time at Burgess & Niple, Mr. Yates has worked on projects ranging from site/civil design to industrial wastewater treatment.