WEFTEC 2013: Making History, Raising the Bar

Paul Bowen
Posted Nov. 18, 2013
 

 

It’s official. I’m excited to be able to say WEFTEC 2013 set the record—it was the largest conference and exhibition in WEF’s 86-year history. There were 22,589 registrants and 971 exhibitors using 297,400 net square feet of space at what has become the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. As WEFTEC has evolved over the years, it continues to demonstrate WEF’s unfailing commitment to serving the needs of the water profession. An outstanding technical program developed by top experts in the field, enthusiastic participation of our Member Associations and members, a hard-working WEF staff committed to excellence, and visionary leadership by our Board are the reasons for this success. Many thanks to you all—together we’ve made history, now we must shape the future.


Sharing stories of your experiences with your colleagues by submitting an abstract for WEFTEC 2014 is one of the best ways to help shape the future. The program is formed from accounts of how someone wrestled with a problem and found a solution that worked. We often learn most from the things that didn’t work and showing how the failures helped you shape your outcome can help others too. A good example of something that worked is all that’s needed for a submittal. Of course we welcome those breakthroughs that change our industry that are often presented for the first time at WEFTEC. The important thing is to share information with each other and help our industry continue to improve the vital services we provide.


I mentioned that the 230 volunteers that form the program at WEFTEC are top experts. I will go further and say that they are among the preeminent and brightest in our field. They represent a vast array of technical knowledge covering all aspects of the water environment and are recognized by their peers for their expertise. And as the past chair of the Program Committee, I have seen first-hand how they use this impressive knowledge to form the highest quality program.


So please consider shaping our industry by submitting your story as an abstract for WEFTEC 2014 and definitely make plans to join us September 27 – October 1 in New Orleans for WEFTEC--the place where water leaders learn, build careers, and make history.

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WEFTEC 2013: Making History, Raising the Bar

Paul Bowen
Posted Nov. 18, 2013
 

 

It’s official. I’m excited to be able to say WEFTEC 2013 set the record—it was the largest conference and exhibition in WEF’s 86-year history. There were 22,589 registrants and 971 exhibitors using 297,400 net square feet of space at what has become the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. As WEFTEC has evolved over the years, it continues to demonstrate WEF’s unfailing commitment to serving the needs of the water profession. An outstanding technical program developed by top experts in the field, enthusiastic participation of our Member Associations and members, a hard-working WEF staff committed to excellence, and visionary leadership by our Board are the reasons for this success. Many thanks to you all—together we’ve made history, now we must shape the future.


Sharing stories of your experiences with your colleagues by submitting an abstract for WEFTEC 2014 is one of the best ways to help shape the future. The program is formed from accounts of how someone wrestled with a problem and found a solution that worked. We often learn most from the things that didn’t work and showing how the failures helped you shape your outcome can help others too. A good example of something that worked is all that’s needed for a submittal. Of course we welcome those breakthroughs that change our industry that are often presented for the first time at WEFTEC. The important thing is to share information with each other and help our industry continue to improve the vital services we provide.


I mentioned that the 230 volunteers that form the program at WEFTEC are top experts. I will go further and say that they are among the preeminent and brightest in our field. They represent a vast array of technical knowledge covering all aspects of the water environment and are recognized by their peers for their expertise. And as the past chair of the Program Committee, I have seen first-hand how they use this impressive knowledge to form the highest quality program.


So please consider shaping our industry by submitting your story as an abstract for WEFTEC 2014 and definitely make plans to join us September 27 – October 1 in New Orleans for WEFTEC--the place where water leaders learn, build careers, and make history.

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Paul Bowen, 2009-2010 WEF Board of Trustee Member 

Paul Bowen is the 2013-2014 Vice President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Paul is currently the Director, Sustainable Operations for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role he leads the environmental sustainability program across the Quality and Technical organizations of The Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for delivering on Company commitments in the water and energy/climate spaces, and for embedding environmental sustainability across all Coca-Cola System operations. He serves as a technical expert for developing water reuse with corporate quality standards and as a SME on water and wastewater treatment issues.

Prior to his position with The Coca-Cola Company, Paul was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma and Vice-President and Senior Staff Consultant for Metcalf & Eddy.

A WEF member since 1977, Paul has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee Leadership Council. He has served on the Program Committee as both chair and vice chair as well as served as a member and chair of the Residuals & Biosolids Technical Symposium, Industrial Wastes Technical Symposium and the Research Symposia. Paul was also chair of the Committee Leadership Council’s Delivery Focus Group and a member of the Public Affairs & Communications and Industrial Wastes Committees. In addition, he has served as a literature review author for the Residuals & Biosolids and Industrial Wastes Committees.

Also an active member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), Paul has served as a member and chair of GAWP’s Program Committee and a member of Industrial Waste Committee. His other professional affiliations include: the American Water Works Association, American Society Of Civil Engineers, American Chemical Society, International Water Association, International Society of Beverage Technologist, and as a member of the Board of Directors for WEF’s Charity of Choice, Water For People. Paul received his B.S. in Natural Systems (Chemistry and Biology) from Mercer University (Macon, Ga.) in 1975, and his M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1982) in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.).