Water Environment Federation announces 2015 WEF Award recipients

The Water Environment Federation has officially announced the recipients of the 2015 WEF Awards. The annual awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Aug. 14, 2015 -- The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has officially announced the recipients of the 2015 WEF Awards. The annual awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession, WEF and its member associations.

Recipients include individuals and organizations that contribute to the sustainability of water resources and make a profound impact on the future through involvement with water professionals and education.

The awards will be presented next month during WEFTEC 2015 -- considered the largest annual water quality event in the world -- taking place Sept. 26-30 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. They are listed as followed:

  • Collection Systems Award
    Bradley E. Fix, Indiana Water Environment Association
  • Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal
    Leiv Rieger, Richard M. Jones, Peter L. Dold, and Charles B. Bott: "Ammonia-Based Feedforward and Feedback Aeration Control in Activated Sludge Processes"
  • Emerson Distinguished Service Medal
    Andrew Richardson, AZ Water Association
  • Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal
    Francis L. de los Reyes III, North Carolina State University
    Paul C. Johnson, Arizona State University
  • Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal
    Darrell DeWitt, David L. Wagoner and Jacqueline Jarrell: "Finding the Right System Balance"
  • W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award
    James C. Young
  • Innovative Technology Award
    Algaewheel – OneWater Inc.
  • McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration or Sustainable Use Award
    Manoj P. Samuel, S. Senthilvel, and Abraham C. Mathew: "Performance Evaluation of a Dual-Flow Recharge Filter for Improving Groundwater Quality"
  • Member Association Achievement Award
    Chesapeake Water Environment Association
  • Outstanding Member Association Award
    New England Water Environment Association
  • Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award
    Haley Falconer, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
  • Public Education Awards
    Member Association Category: Indiana Water Environment Association; Other Category: San Antonio Water System Youth Education IMPACT Program
  • Public Officials Award
    Commissioner Frank Avila, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
    Maggie Brooks-Monroe County, New York County Executive
    The Honorable Laurel Prussing, Mayor of Urbana, Ill.
  • Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal
    Mauro Marinetti, Kar Munirathinam, Bernardino Ciongoli, Carlo Zaffaroni, Ali Redha: "Start up and Commissioning of a Membrane Bioreactor Plant Treating a High TDS Refinery Wastewater"
  • Schlenz Public Education Medal
    Ashley Halsey III & Bonnie Berkowitz
  • Water Quality Improvement Award
    Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority, Ore.
  • WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship
    Ryan Ziels, University of Washington
  • WEF Safety Award
    AR Wastewater Treatment Plant, Montrose, Mich.
    Orange County Sanitation District, Fountain Valley, Calif.

See also:

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"Water Environment Federation named as 2015 Top Workplace"


About WEF

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. For more information, visit www.wef.org.

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