The 2019 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon and Conference is being held at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 2019.

This event celebrates the winning entries in the 2019 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (E3S) and Environmental Communications awards competitions.

In addition to technical presentations by our Grand Prize winners, the program will feature a review of the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering study on the Grand Challenges for Environmental Engineering in the 21st Century. The study brought together experts in a wide range of fields who, with input from the scientific community and the broader public, identified the foremost challenges that environmental engineers and scientists will be expected to address over the next several decades. The study also describes how practitioners in the field - with assistance from colleges and universities - will need to evolve to better address those challenges.

Our featured Grand Challenges speakers are Dr. Domenico Grasso, Chancellor of the University of Michigan Dearborn, who served as Chairman of the study effort, and Dr. Rula Deeb, Vice President of Geosyntec, who will present a practitioner's perspective on incorporating the grand challenges into the work they perform on behalf of clients and stakeholders.

The conference also honors outstanding individuals in environmental engineering and environmental science who have made significant contributions to the profession and to the people and communities they serve.

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Recognizing the following distinguished environmental engineers and environmental scientists:

David A. Dzombak, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Gordon Maskew Fair Award

Roland Benson Pair, P.E., BCEE
Stanley E. Kappe Award

Christopher R. Schulz, P.E., BCEE
Edward J. Cleary Award

Joseph Alfred Cotruvo, Ph.D., BCES
Science Award

Gordon Maskew Fair, Ph.D.
Honorary Member (in Memoriam)

Chihpin Huang, Ph.D.
International Honorary Member

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All Day - Reception, Luncheon, and Conference



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Free AAEES Webinars

AAEES Free Webinars are back featuring winning projects of the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards competition. More dates will be added soon.




One Water LA 2040 Plan | Click here to download the accompanying PDF.

Azya Jackson, PE, ENV SP, City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation and
Anthony Tew, P.E., Los Angeles Department of Water and Power




Owens Lake Environmental Protection and Dust Mitigation Program | Click here to download the accompanying PDF.

Nelson O. Mejia, P.E., and Jaime Valenzuela, P.E.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power




From Pilot to Full Scale: Development of STARx HottPad™

Dave Majors, Ph.D., BCES
Managing Director, Savron




Water Research Foundation Project Reuse 15-11
(Ozone-Biofiltration Direct Potable Reuse Testing at Gwinnett County)
| Click here to download the accompanying PDF.

Jennifer Hooper, PE, Senior Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
Denise Funk, PE, BCEE, Director of Research and Development, Gwinnett County Water Resources
Kati Bell, PhD, PE, BCEE, Managing Director, Water Strategy Leader, Brown and Caldwell




Northern Treatment Plant Facilities | Click here to download the accompanying PDF.

Matthew Duncan, P.E., PMP, Principal Engineer, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District

Erica Corbett, P.E., PMP, Project Manager, Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Douglas Cayko, P.E.
Engineering Manager, Design-Build Delivery, Jacobs

AAEES Coast-to-Coast Conferences




2018 AAEES Environmental Symposium

Cazenovia, New York

Topic: Challenges Now and in the Future




2018 AAEES West Coast Conference


Topic: In This Era of Climate Uncertainty, Is SoCal Ready to Invest in Sustainable Local Water Resources?

2018 AAEES Annual Awards Luncheon and Conference

Thank you for making the 2018 AAEES Awards Luncheon and Conference a success. Presentations have been uploaded to the Resource Center at

Photos have now been posted to our flickr page at or our facebook page at

AAEES Events Roundup

AAEES had a busy 2017! Since it has been featured so prominently in Environmental Engineer and Scientist, most of our readers know of the Academy's premier event, the Annual AAEES Awards Luncheon and Conference. But AAEES conducts or is visible at multiple events throughout the year.

Sponsoring Organizations and Partnering Organizations

Booth PhotoDr. Hedi Alavi, P.E., BCEE, and Steve Lippy, P.E., BCEE, manning the AAEES booth at SWANA's WASTECON in Baltimore, Maryland
Booth PhotoDallas Baker, P.E., BCEE
Booth PhotoMerlyn Hough, P.E., BCEE, at A&WMA ACE

If you've never seen the Academy's well-traveled booth in person, several photos are featured to the right. Thanks to our active members, AAEES is well represented at the events of our Sponsoring and Partnering Organizations. The participation of AAEES at the events of our Sponsoring Organizations is primarily coordinated by AAEES Trustees representing their respective organizations.

For example, A&WMA Trustee Merlyn Hough, P.E., BCEE, coordinated the running of the booth at the Air and Waste Management Association's 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition. He, joined by Dallas Baker, P.E., BCEE, as well as other members attending the conference distributed information about AAEES Board Certification.

Another example is Steve Lippy, P.E., BCEE, who organized and coordinated the running of the booth in Baltimore at SWANA's WASTECON. In 2017, WASTECON was held jointly with World Congress, the annual event hosted by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

AAEES also often has activities held in conjunction at these events. Other examples include:

  • AAEES Breakfast presentation featuring Professor Robert Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., at the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) 89th Annual Winter Meeting
  • AAEES holds the annual Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Breakfast as well as a workshop at New Jersey Water Environmental Association (NJWEA) John J. Lagrosa Annual Conference & Exposition.
  • AAEES held a joint AAEES/AIDIS/AWWA Luncheon Presentation featuring Eleanor Allen, P.E., BCEE, Chief Executive Officer, Water For People, at AWWA ACE17; and
  • AAEES held a breakfast featuring Dr. Krishna Pagilla P.E., BCEE, Professor and Environmental Engineering Program Director at the University of Nevada, Reno, at WEFTEC 2017.

Kappe Lecture Series

The AAEES Kappe Lecture Series is an annually recurring series of lectures presented on college campuses during the Fall academic term. More information on the Kappe Lecture Series can be found at

Kappe Photo2017 Kappe Lecturer Dr. Danny Reible, P.E., BCEE at NJIT
Kappe PhotoDr. Joseph Hughes, P.E., BCEE, along with Dr. Reible and other attendees of lecture.

Dr. Danny Reible was the 2017 Kappe Lecturer. Among his many stops was the April 12, 2017 visit to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

"It was a great honor for us to host Dr. Danny Reible (NAE member) to give a talk on April 12th 2017 on Innovation in Sediment Remediation within the Kappe Lecture of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. We also appreciate that Dr. Joseph Hughes (DEE) of Drexel University, attended the event and introduced the speaker. Attendees included Professor Dibs Sarkar of Stevens Institute and Dr. Chris Sales of Drexel." Michel C. Boufadel, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Director of Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP) and Professor, John A. Reif, Jr. Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering, The New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The event was sponsored by the John A. Reif, Jr., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT.

The AAEES Webinar Series

2017 was the first full year that AAEES presented a Webinar Series. This successful series primarily featured the Grand Prize and Superior Achievement Award Winners of the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Competition. Thanks to the support of the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation, AAEES was able to present the series to registrants free of charge. Due to it's success, AAEES plans to continue the webinar series for 2018.

Click here to access available recordings of these webinars.

The Technical Conferences

We rounded out 2017 with a trio of technical conferences. In addition to environmental engineering and environmental science professionals at consulting firms, public agencies, utilities, and in academia, AAEES also invites students to our events and conferences. It provides a great networking opportunity for the students to identify and interact with leaders in the profession, as well as offers an opportunity for profession leaders to mentor students and young professionals. It also serves as an excellent opportunity for AAEES Board Certified Individuals to share the knowledge and value of Board Certification not only to these future environmental engineers and scientists, but with those already involved in the profession who have not yet taken the next step to Board Certification.

After Decades of Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR); Are We Ready for the Next Step, Direct Potable Reuse (DPR)

Click here to download the report on the 2017 West Coast Event.

West Coast PhotoMichael Selna, P.E., BCEE, sharing information about Board Certification with attendees
West Coast PhotoAttendees of the West Coast Event
West Coast PhotoJames Herberg, P.E., BCEE, Mike Markus, P.E., BCEE, Sandy Scott-Roberts, P.E., Traci Minamide, P.E., BCEE, Brian Bernados, P.E., and Shane Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

On October 12, AAEES held it's tenth "AAEES Annual West Coast Event". Timely topics and diligent organizers have ensured the longevity and success of this evening workshop held in the Southern California.

This year, a dinner and networking seminar was held at the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, CA, and was organized by Sharon Yin, P.E., BCEE, Wendy Wert, P.E., BCEE, and Joseph Reichenberger, P.E., BCEE. The theme, After Decades of Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR); Are We Ready for the Next Step, Direct Potable Reuse (DPR), addressed going the next step to Direct Potable Reuse after a decade of a successful operation of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) - a joint project of OCSD and the Orange County Water District (OCWD).

Some of the topics covered by the area experts included: Moving DPR Forward: Research Efforts and Real World Experience; Water Resource Recovery; and Developing Uniform Criteria for Direct Potable Reuse. Dr. Robert Peter Ghirelli, BCES, served as the master of ceremonies of the workshop which hosted over 85 attendees - making it one of the most successful and best-attended west coast events. The event concluded with the audience toasting the panel with bottled recycled water from the GWRS. Plans are already underway for 2018's Annual West Coast Event.

Click here to view the program flyer. | Click here to access available PDFs of the presentations.

Emerging Issues and Challenges

In October 2016, then AAEES President Howard B. LaFever organized a technical conference to accompany the Fall Board of Trustees Meeting. As Howard noted in the Fall 2016 (V54, N4) Environmental Engineer and Scientist: "Feedback was very positive, so much, that I have formed a small committee of four to plan for another Technical Conference to be held in Cazenovia on October 12, 2017." True to his word, Mr. LaFever organized a one-day environmental symposium in Cazenovia, NY.

The 2017 CNY Environmental Symposium featured the theme Emerging Issues and Challenges. Topics covered by area experts included: Total Residue Chlorine (TRC) Evolution, Alternative, and Progress at OCDWEP; Emerging Issues and Challenges in CNY from a Regulatory Perspective; and Ammonia Removal and Recovery During Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion Using Selective Membranes.

Click here to view the program flyer. | Click here to access available PDFs of the presentations.

Protecting Our Precious Resource - Texas Waters

In conjunction with this year's Board of Trustees Meeting, President Robert C. Williams organized a technical conference on October 19.

Held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX, the theme was Protecting Our Precious Resource - Texas Waters. Some of the topics covered by experts and leaders representing area utilities, agencies, and universities included: Challenges to Texas Water Quality and Availability; Challenges to Recycling and Reuse of Wastewater from Oil and Gas Wells; and The Regional Water Planning Process - A Success Story.

Click here to view the program flyer. | Click here to access available PDFs of the presentations.

Thank you to all who supported our efforts this past year. We look forward to seeing you at an AAEES event in 2018.

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