August 2013, Vol. 25, No.8


Waters Corp. (Milford, Mass.), an analytical science solutions developer and provider, opened a new Waters ® Solution Centre in Singapore. The center is housed in Singapore Science Park II.    

InduSoft Inc. (Austin), an independent human–machine interface and supervisory control and data acquisition provider, won three awards in the 26th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards. This competition recognizes the best control, instrumentation, and automation products introduced in 2012. The company’s solutions were selected in three categories: applications, monitoring software; human–machine interface software; and mobile apps for controls, automation, and instrumentation software.   

Water treatment facilities operated and managed by Veolia Water North America (Chicago) in Lynn and Taunton, Mass., as well as two employees of the company, were honored for outstanding efforts by the New England Water Environment Association(Woburn, Mass.). 

The water resource recovery facility in Lynn received the 2012 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) George W. Burke Jr. Award, representing a strong commitment to employee safety. The award promotes an active safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities. 

The Taunton facility was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Industrial Pretreatment Program Regional Excellence Award, which honors the best industrial pretreatment programs that effectively regulate industrial discharges to their sanitary sewer systems. 

Also honored was Alfred F. Waitt, project manager in Lynn. He was inducted into the WEF Quarter Century Operator’s Club, which recognizes operators’ service and dedication to the environmental field. George Vercelli, senior capital program management project manager, received WEF’s Life Member Award, honoring him for a long career of committed service in the environmental profession.  


GEI Consultants Inc . (Woburn, Mass.),ageotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firm, added four new employees to its ranks. 

Larry Rodriguez stationedin the Sacramento office, is a principal water resources planner with 24 years of experience in California water resources planning. He has extensive experience with regulatory and policy issues associated with the California State Water Project and the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. 

Jonathan Murer has more than 23 years of experience in environmental consulting. A geologist and branch manager in the Minneapolis office, Murer has focused his career on serving the needs of industrial and freight-rail clients. 

Curt Mann ,also in the Minneapolis office, is a senior professional with 16 years of experience as a project manager and as an environmental engineer specializing in the completion and management of environmental site assessments and remediation projects.  

Fernando Sarabia ,based in the Chicago office, is a geotechnical engineer with 10 years of experience as a lead analyst and project manager for a variety of technical assignments.  

Mark M. Scott , based in the Denver office, is a senior consultant and water resources, environmental, and business solutions leader. His expertise includes water/wet infrastructure, environmental planning/remediation, business solutions, construction services, and information management for complex midsize and large projects. 

Michael N. Young , branch manager of RJN Group Inc. (Wheaton, Ill.), has been named an RJN principal. He will be the principal in charge of the company’s central U.S. operations. Since joining the company, he has acted as project director or project manager on several collection system programs and water/wastewater design projects. He has more than 18 years of experience in the engineering field. 


Headworks International Inc. (Houston) promoted Afnan Din to vice president. Din joined the company in 2010 as vice president and process manager for the Middle East and North Africa division with more than 10 years of experience in the water industry in both Europe and the Middle East.  


Xylem Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), a global water technology company, acquired MultiTrode Pty Ltd. (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), a privately held water and wastewater technology and services company, for approximately $26 million. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company’s technology and services portfolio includes pump-station controllers and supervisors; level-sensing devices; Web-based monitoring services; supervisory control and data acquisition software; panels; and engineering and integration services. 


Coley Ali joined Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (Wilmington, Mass.) as regional manager for the western United States and Canada. Ali will direct the commercial development of the water and wastewater business for the region. He also will focus on identifying opportunities for commercial growth and developing strategic relationships as the company prepares to launch a series of new products for the water and wastewater market. 


Wilo USA (Rosemont, Ill.), a provider of pumps and pump solutions for water management, building services, and groundwater, promoted Harold Adams to national sales manager in its water management sector. Prior to assuming the new position, Adams served as northeast regional sales manager in the greater Philadelphia area. 


Visualant Inc. (Seattle), a provider of chromatic-based identification and diagnostic solutions, won the 2013 Prism Award for Photonics Innovation from the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (Bellingham, Wash.). The award honors companies and their innovations in nine categories, from scientific lasers to defense and security. The company won in the Green Photonics categoryfor its patented ChromaID™ technology. 


Robert Carr joined Gresham, Smith, and Partners (Nashville, Tenn.) as a senior environmental engineer in the environmental services market. With more than 30 years of experience in water resources and management, Carr will be instrumental in growing the company’s stormwater resources and management programs, and also will play a key role in low-impact development and green infrastructure programs. He also served as program manager for a $70 million, 10-year improvement project in Skokie, Ill., that successfully alleviated extensive basement flooding at one-third the cost of traditional approaches. 


J. Tyler Hewitt joined HDR Inc. (Omaha, Neb.) as the Water and Natural Resources business group’s manager in Georgia. He will be headquartered in the Atlanta office. He has more than 15 years of experience in water supply, drinking water, and wastewater.  


Fletcher Platt, a senior project manager at Gannett Fleming (South Plainfield, N.J.),a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology, and construction management services, received the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (Mercerville) Lifetime Member Wave Award. A member for 35 years, Platt was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the state’s public water, wastewater, solid waste, and recycling sectors.  


Vogelsang USA Inc. ( Ravenna, Ohio ), a manufacturer of pumps, grinders, and related equipment for municipal, industrial, and agricultural markets, hired Jim Kuller as sales manager for Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California, Nevada, and Alaska. He also will manage sales in British Columbia and Alberta. 

The company also hired Ron Maiorana as sales manager for Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. 


The Goldman Environmental Foundation (San Francisco) announced that Azzam Alwash, founder of Nature Iraq (Sulaymaniyah, Iraq), was one of six recipients worldwide of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize. The prize recognizes fearless environmental leaders around the world. Alwash founded Nature Iraq in 2004 as an Iraqi nongovernmental environmental organization to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and rich cultural heritage. His most internationally recognized work has centered on the restoration of the southern Iraqi marshlands. The Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq are believed by some to be the location of the Garden of Eden. In early 2011, the Nature Iraq Foundation (Washington, D.C.) was established as a U.S.-based philanthropic organization that works to fund Nature Iraq and other organizations working to protect the natural environment of Mesopotamia. 


Pennsylvania American Water (Hershey, Pa.), the largest water utility in the state, providing water and/or wastewater services to more than 2.2 million people, announced that eight watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2013 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore, or protect watersheds. 

The company awarded its 2013 Environmental Grants to the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (Luzerne County), the Evergreen Conservancy (Indiana County), Friends of Cherry Valley (Monroe County), the Pennsylvania Resources Council (Allegheny County), Londonderry Township (Dauphin County), the Borough of Kittanning (Armstrong County), Dunmore Historical Society (Lackawanna County), and Manada Conservancy (Dauphin County). 


Analytical Technology Inc. (Manchester, England), an electrochemical-sensor manufacturer, received the Best After-Sales Service award from the Instrument User Group run by WRc plc (Swindon, England), an independent public limited company providing research and consultancy in water, wastewater, and the environment. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to exceeding customer expectations. The company manufactures both water- and gas-monitoring instrumentation. 


The Spokane County (Wash.) Regional Water Reclamation Facility has earned the Washington Industrial Energy Leaders (WIEL) Award for its innovative energy management. Gov. Chris Gregoire presented the WIEL Leadership in Innovation Utility Sponsor Award to Spokane County, CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.), and Avista Utilities (Spokane). The award identifies and recognizes Washington industries that demonstrate energy-efficiency leadership and commitment. In particular, the award given to the facility recognizes highly innovative energy projects, including emerging technologies, use of existing technologies in a new way, or a unique change to a process that saves significant energy.  



Don Del Nero joined Stantec (Atlanta) as the tunnels and trenchless practice leader. He will lead programs throughout North America related to developing underground infrastructure that supports water conveyance and transportation facilities.