Black & Veatch appoints East Coast water practice leader

Black & Veatch announced that John Dyksen, a nationally recognized water expert with considerable consulting as well as utility management and operations experience, has been hired as East Coast Water Practice Leader in the company's Americas Division.

Kansas City, Mo., June 5, 2003 -- Black & Veatch announced that John Dyksen, a nationally recognized water expert with considerable consulting as well as utility management and operations experience, has been hired as East Coast Water Practice Leader in the company's Americas Division.

In this role, Dyksen will utilize his nearly 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry to help the company's existing clients continue to cost-effectively deliver safe drinking water to their customers and will support the continued expansion of Black & Veatch's East Coast operations.

Dyksen will also work closely with AETD/PROTEUS, Black & Veatch's global team of water and wastewater treatment technology experts, to develop and advance processes and technologies for the benefit of the company's clients and the water industry at large.

"As both a registered professional engineer and a licensed water supply operator, John brings a unique dual perspective and multifaceted expertise to our team and the utilities we serve," said Barry Seymour, Black & Veatch senior vice president in charge of Northeast Region water-sector operations.

Dyksen's experience encompasses water supply, treatment and distribution system projects and operations, including more than 12 years in utility management in charge of operations for both surface and groundwater systems.

Dyksen most recently served as director of engineering and planning with United Water, one of the largest investor-owned water services companies in the United States. In this capacity, he was responsible for a $75 million-per-year capital development and management program for all company properties and prepared master plans, treatment studies and distribution system analyses.

Additionally, he was responsible for technology transfer and research and development activities, including ultraviolet light, high-rate clarification, ozonation and membranes. Dyksen was previously a senior associate with Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., where he was responsible for quality control of process design and plant evaluation for water treatment projects.

Prior to Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., Dyksen was assistant vice president of operations at Middlesex Water Company, where he was responsible for the engineering and distribution/maintenance department.

Dyksen's involvement with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) dates back to 1978. In 1991, he was awarded the George Warren Fuller Award, which is presented annually by AWWA to sections' respective selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of engineering skill, diplomatic talent and leadership.

In June 2002, he was named an honorary member of AWWA and currently chairs the 2003 AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference.

"At Black & Veatch, people are our greatest asset," said Americas Division National Water Treatment Practice Leader Bruce Long. "The addition of John Dyksen is part of our plan to hire and retain the best talent in the industry so as to consistently identify and successfully deliver the best technology-based solutions available worldwide."

Dyksen will coordinate his East Coast activities from Black & Veatch's recently expanded Oradell, N.J. regional office. He can be reached at (201) 261-3627 or dyksenj@bv.com.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corp. is a global engineering, construction and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting and management consulting services.

The Water Sector provides innovative, technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries worldwide. Local project managers work with a global team of water and wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build and construction management services.

The employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide and is ranked 78th on the Forbes "500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S." listing for 2002. The company's web site address is www.bv.com.


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