Fran Burlingham, PE, PMP is a member of the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
Fran is a Senior Engineer with Brown and Caldwell in Walnut Creek, Calif. She has over 10 years experience with municipal and industrial wastewater systems and treatment plants. Fran’s process engineering experience includes secondary clarifier testing to optimize operations and meet regulatory requirements; and plant capacity testing, including high-rate nitrification rate testing, to help identify recommended upgrades to increase capacity. Fran has experience in master plan projects for both small and large wastewater treatment systems, and has also provided pre-design services on digesters, solids handling facilities, and aeration and dewatering upgrade projects. Fran’s expertise also includes planning, optimization testing and treatability studies for industrial wastewater from refineries and food processors.
A WEF member since 2002, Fran has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. She has served as a member and speaker of the House of Delegates and as a member of the Students & Young Professionals and the Public Education committees.
Also an active member of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA), Fran has served as the co-chair of CWEA’s Students and Young Professionals Committee, as a member of the San Francisco Bay Section Professional Development Committee, and as a State CWEA Board Member.
Fran has received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from both WEF and the California Water Environment and San Francisco Bay Section. Fran has been awarded the WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals Philip R. Karr, III Scholarship.
Fran is a registered professional engineer in the state of California. She received a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.