August 2014, Vol. 26, No.8


Tranter Inc. (Plano, Texas), a global engineering and manufacturing group, and Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC (Washington, D.C.), a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies, entered into a teaming agreement to develop a new modular shell and plate feedwater heater for use in the power industry. Welded shell and plate heat exchangers are a recent technology based on gasket plate heat exchanger designs used in power as well as other industries.

Lucian Dobrot , senior product engineer at TACO Inc. (Cranston, R.I.), was recognized by the Hydraulic Institute (Parsippany, N.J.) as its 2014 Young Engineer of the Year. The award recognizes the efforts and contributions of young pump engineers from member companies and standard partners who have made a significant impact within their current position, and also have contributed to the advancement of the work of the institute. Lucian participated on several committees and has been active within the institute since 2009. The award is limited to engineers under the age of 40.  

Armstrong Fluid Technology (Toronto), an innovator in design, engineering, and manufacturing of integrated solutions within the building oriented fluid-flow equipment industry, promoted Wayne Rose to global marketing manager – pumps. He will market the company’s portfolio of pumps, suction guides, and flo-trex valves worldwide.

American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) named Linda G. Sullivan senior vice president and chief financial officer.  

BJM & Associates Inc. (Lexington, Ky.) named Gary Brown Midwest regional sales manager. Brown will be responsible for establishing and supporting pump distribution and pump selling channels for the 13 upper Midwest states. 

Xylem Inc. (Rye Brook, N.Y.) named Patrick K. Decker, president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors.   

The team of Hazen and Sawyer (New York) and Montgomery Watson Harza (Broomfield, Colo.) has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 48th annual Engineering Excellence Awards. The award is for assisting New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection with its advanced wastewater treatment program. The project is among 143 engineering projects throughout the nation and the world recognized by the company as preeminent engineering achievements for 2013. 

  Mike Brown was named a senior associate of Gannett Fleming (Harrisburg, Pa.). He heads the firm’s water planning group and leads national water practice asset management initiatives.   

Russell Ford of CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) received a 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Award at the BEYA Science, Technology, Engineer, Math (STEM) Conference hosted by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Lockheed Martin Corp. The award promotes career opportunities in engineering, science, and technology to historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields through professional and career development, educational programs, awards programs, and career placement opportunities.   

Emerson Bearing (Boston) launched a new division to supply bearings and related products to the wastewater treatment industry. As part of the new division, customers will have access to industry specialists for recommendations on the right bearing. Marketing Specialist Mike Quinn is responsible for the wastewater treatment division.  

Oldcastle Precast Inc. (Littleton, Colo.) announced its cooperative marketing agreement with HydroCAD Software Solutions LLC (Chocorua, N.H.), a supplier of hydrology and hydraulics software worldwide. HydroCAD has incorporated Oldcastle’s concrete storm capture module system into their software, which is a computer-aided design tool used by civil engineers, starting with version HydroCAD 10.00 build 11.   

The Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (Rahway, N.J.)was awarded two Wave Awards for Best Management Practices and Public Educationfor twoconsecutive years by the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (Mercerville, N.J.) at its 12th annual spring conference in Atlantic City, N.J. The awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding work and initiatives of individuals and member organizations in the categories of energy, management, innovation, and public education.    

Middlesex Water Co. (Iselin, N.J.) announced that G. Christian Andreasen, director of engineering, was presented with the 2014 George Warren Fuller Award by the American Water Works Association – New Jersey Section at its annual conference in Atlantic City, N.J. The award is presented annually to a distinguished member of the association for service to the water supply field to commemorate engineering skill, diplomatic talent, and leadership.   

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) appointed William Mertes vice president of operations of its U.S. operating services business. Mertes will be responsible for day-to-day field operations and will be based in South Bend, Ind.   

HDR (Minneapolis, Minn.) named Michael Johnson water resources management market sector director. He is based in the Minneapolis office.    

Parsons (Pasadena, Calif.), an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm, acquired Delcan (Markham, Ontario, Canada), an international multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management, and technology firm that provides a broad range of integrated systems and infrastructure solutions to the transportation market.   

The Water Institute of the Gulf (Baton Rouge, La.), an independent applied research institute, hired Kai Midboe as director of policy research and general counsel. He will focus on water resource policy issues.   

Judith Herschell , president of Herschell Environmental (Pittsburgh), received the 2014 American Membrane Technology Association (Stuart, Fla.) Presidential Award at the 2014 American Water Works Association/American Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. The award acknowledges individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the association.   

Mads Nipper has been named CEO and group president of Grundfos (Bjerringbro, Denmark), a global water pump manufacturer.       

Thirsty Duck LP (Trinity, Fla.), a buoyant flow control company, has secured an agreement with John Meunier Inc. (Montreal), a supplier of flow control products to the stormwater industry in Canada, to represent and distribute their products in Canada. 

Gary Burton Engineering Inc. (Tyler, Texas) hired Magda Hernandez. She will assist the firm with water resource recovery facility, water system improvement, and regulatory compliance projects in East and North Central Texas. 

ARM Group Ltd. (Staffordshire, England), specialists in the design, development, and construction of natural wastewater systems, added Gavin Lewis to its ranks as project manager. He will be responsible for managing multiple projects across the United Kingdom. 

The Board of Directors of Connecticut Water Service Inc. (Clinton, Conn.) promoted David C. Benoit to senior vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer. The board also promoted Craig J. Patla to vice president of service delivery for the Connecticut Water Company. He will oversee operations, engineering, water quality, and service delivery teams.   

Middlesex Water Company (Iselin, N.J.), a company that provides water and wastewater utility services in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania through various subsidiary companies, named Jay L. Kooper vice president, general counsel, and secretary.   

Desalitech Inc. (Boston) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Plainfield, Ill.), provider of comprehensive water and wastewater solutions for industrial and municipal customers, to negotiate a partnership agreement to bring advanced, cost-effective, high recovery water solutions to Mexico and other countries worldwide. The MOU was signed in Mexico City as part of a Massachusetts/Mexico partnership.   

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) board of directors appointed Daniel Woltering as interim executive director. Woltering has served as WERF’s director of research since 2003, coordinating the interface between identifying research needs, conducting research, and communicating findings. The board also joins the staff, and more than 1000 WERF volunteers and subscribers in thanking former Executive Director Glenn Reinhardt for his 25 years of leadership and commitment to the foundation.