Thomas Kunetz is a member of the
2013-2014 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an
international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in
Tom is the Assistant Director of Engineering for the
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, leading the
district’s efforts on strategic engineering initiatives, including the
ambitious goal to become energy neutral within ten years.
Prior to this assignment, he was head of the district’s
engineering design group, a multi-disciplinary staff of 90 engineers and
architects who are responsible for the implementation of the District’s
multi-million dollar Capital Improvements Program through the production of
engineering design contracts for the upgrade and expansion of the District’s seven
wastewater treatment plants. In the seven years in this role, Tom administered
the engineering design of over $1 billion worth of construction contracts. He
has 28 years of experience in the field of environmental engineering, in both
the public and private sectors, focusing on design wastewater treatment
facilities, improving the water environment, and protection of public health.
A WEF member since 1992, Tom is a member of the Wastewater
Treatment Design Committee, and the Program Committee. He has been a member of
the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Symposium since 2007, currently serving as
the symposium chair, where he leads the efforts to develop the Technical
Program for WEFTEC. He was a member of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize
organizing committee under the Illinois Water Environment Association when that
competition was held in Chicago in 2011. Tom was selected as a WEF Fellow into
the inaugural class of 2011.
Tom is a registered professional engineer in the state of
Illinois. He is a graduate of the WEF-sponsored Water and Wastewater Leadership
Center at the University of North Carolina, the 2012 recipient of the Charles
Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence on the national level from
the American Public Works Association, and a Board Certified Environmental
Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has served as
technical advisor to the student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World
at Northwestern University, traveling to Panama with the students.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental
Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in
Water Resources Engineering from Villanova University.