International Honorary Member

One International Honorary Member may be selected each year by the Academy's Board of Trustees by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its members. The individual so honored possesses one or more of the following characteristics:

  • has attained a position of eminence in the field of environmental and/or human health protection internationally or in his or her country;
  • has made a single noteworthy contribution or sustained contribution to the advancement of environmental and/or human health protection in a specific area internationally or in his or her country; or
  • has rendered outstanding service over a long period of time resulting in the advancement of environmental and/or human health protection internationally or in his or her country.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Scientist, click here.


International Honorary Winner

Ernesto Espino de la O

2014 International Honorary Member: Dr. Ernesto Espino de la O

Ernesto Espino, with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, joined the water and sanitation department of Mexico City in 1962 as a junior engineer, beginning what would become a life-long association with water and environmental engineering.

In 1965 he obtained a M.Sc. degree in Sanitary Engineering from Mexico's national university and in 1968, his Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin. After that, he worked for four years with Engineering Science Inc., an environmental engineering firm that pioneered wastewater recovery in the USA.

In 1973, Dr. Espino returned to Mexico and formed his own consulting firm providing engineering services for the public and private sectors for more than 23 years. In 1996, his company was acquired by Montgomery Watson, retaining Dr. Espino services for four more years.

In 2002, Dr. Espino returned to the public sector in the water and sanitation office of the Special Projects Branch for the Valley of Mexico of the National Water Commission. This office was entrusted with the development of a sustainable water management program for Mexico City, a city that experienced a six-fold increase in population between the years 1950 and 2000 and faced serious problems of depletion of underground water sources, ground subsidence due to aquifers overdraft, environmental pollution due to untreated wastewater discharges, etc. Wastewater recovery became one of the key elements of the resulting program, and that included the 800 MGD Atotonilco wastewater treatment plant, now under construction and scheduled to be commissioned in the early months of year 2015. Presently, Dr. Espino acts as a part time private consultant.

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