Highpoints

Volume 31, No. 2 -- February 2015

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2015 AAEES Kappe Lecturer: Jay Banner.
Reservation deadline is March 1.
Click here for more information.

Goodbye Selection Guide - Hello 2015 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook - Sign Up for Your Listing

The Academy invites you to sign up for a listing in the new and improved 2015 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook. We have revised what had been the Selection Guide into a dual format publication that has a new name as well. We are releasing the Guidebook in both electronic and print format to make this year's edition easier to use and easier to distribute to individuals and organizations looking to connect with environmental specialists. We are expanding the content that each listing receives - enabling web links in the e-version and providing more room to post information on your specialties in both versions. We have been working on making these changes to increase the value and utility of a Guidebook listing. We expect to print and distribute the new publication more widely than we have in the past, with a special focus on outreach at the trade events and conferences we attend during the year. We are also planning an expanded role for the Guidebook in making federal, state, and local agencies aware of the capabilities of our members in helping deal with current environmental engineering and science needs.

Ask your organization to reserve its space by February 28, 2015. It's great exposure for a low cost. For details, email JSOlmo@aaees.org. To download the reservation form, click here.

2016 IWA Project Innovation Awards

The IWA Project Innovation Awards (PIA) aims to highlight innovative water and wastewater engineering projects around the world, thus bringing recognition to these projects as models of engineering excellence and spreading the knowledge of water and wastewater science and management. The awards span six categories: Applied Research, Planning, Design, Small Projects, Operations/Management, and Marketing and Communication. All 2015 and 2016 E3 award winners will be invited to submit their projects online via the IWA PIA website www.iwa-pia.org. More details forthcoming.

2015 Environmental Communications Awards

We all know how important it is to communicate complex and challenging issues to the public at large and other constituents. With this in mind, AAEES is inviting you to enter this important competition. In cooperation with the International Water Association and the PIA Awards, the Academy is proud to offer this area of competition and invites consulting firms and municipalities alike to enter. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2015. The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon & Conference. The winner will also qualify to enter the IWA's International competition in the North American section. For details, and to enter, click here or email JSOlmo@aaees.org.

2014 Certification Audit Underway

Forty-five BCEE/BCEEMs, chosen at random, have received notices for the 2014 audit. BCES members are not yet eligible for the audit. Each person audited is being asked to supply the Recertification Committee with documentation substantiating at least 40 Professional Development Hours. The PDHs are acquired by continuing professional development activities during calendar years January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013 to ensure compliance with the continuing professional development requirements for Active and Life Active specialty certification. Those who were audited within the past 10 years are exempt from the current cycle. Not everyone has responded. Please do not risk your certification going into Inactive status because you did not complete the audit. If you need assistance please email Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org.

AAEES Partners with PDH Online

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists is partnering with PDH Online to provide members with the opportunity to earn their required professional development hours from a broad array of topics and formats. Once you find a course that interests you, AAEES certificate holders and members can use the code AAEE25 to receive a 25 percent discount for any of PDH Online's 2,000+ courses. Members can search courses and sign up at www.pdhonline.org or www.pdhcenter.com.

PDH Online is an approved course sponsor by many state professional engineering licensing boards. More than 100 of its courses have been developed by BCEEs.

You can contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org if you have any questions.

AAEES Membership Recruiting Contest

We are once again asking for your help in finding the next class of Board Certified environmental engineers and scientists. In order to encourage your efforts, we are offering you a unique opportunity to win a 'raffle' providing you the best chance of winning you are likely to see anywhere. The grand prize is a new Apple iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 16 GB of storage.

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Since we want to reach new records for applicant levels this year, we are going to shake things up a bit. We are going to improve the odds significantly for those who can bring us multiple applicants.

Here's how it works. If you bring one applicant, your name goes into the hat 1x1 times. However, if you bring us 2 applicants, the total entries you get is 2x2. That means your odds of winning have just risen to 4:103. If you bring us 5 qualified applicants the rule of squares gives you 5x5 entries. That's right, 25 entries out of 124 have your name on them. If you can find 7 or 8 qualified applicants, that iPad practically has your name on it.

If you know of potential applicants, just point them to our web site and have them be sure to indicate that you are their 'nominator' on the application form. We will let you know that you were named and will add your name to the list of nominators. That's all there is to it. The closing date for the contest is the same as for applications. However, there is significant first-mover advantage to be had for those who start building their list of candidates now. Just like Chicago politics, vote early and often!

2015 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon and Conference

The Academy's Awards Luncheon and Conference will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The winners of the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science and the Environmental Communications will be announced.

Distinguished Engineers to be Recognized

The Academy will recognize distinguished environmental engineers and professionals at its Awards Luncheon to be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • Gordon Maskew Fair Award: Richard Luthy
  • Edward J. Cleary Award: Kevin Shafer
  • Stanley E. Kappe Award: Richard Pope
  • Brewster Snow Award: TBD
  • International Honorary Member Award: Tsair-Fuh Lin
  • Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Student Research Award: TBD
  • Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Award: TBD

The AAEES Keynote Speaker for the Awards Luncheon will be announced in March.

2015 Specialty Certification Renewals

The renewals were due December 31, 2014. Paper copies were sent out in January. If you have not renewed your certification by now it is expired. You can contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org or https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AAEES.

AAEES Partners with EESF

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The Academy is excited to share the opportunity for AAEES members to contribute to activities related to education through the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (EESF). The EESF Board of Directors has been working with AAEES Committees to define activities that EESF can support such as development of AAEES student chapters, K-12 environmental education, and support of AAEES awards related to education. Donations can be made to the EESF or to specific funds that include:

  • The Fred Pohland award
  • The W. Brewster Snow award
  • The W. Wesley Eckenfelder fund
  • Students and Young Professionals fund (supports student chapters)
  • K-12 Student Competition fund

To learn more about this initiative and to donate directly, please visit EESF website: http://www.eesfoundation.org/Donate.php.

AAEES Activities

Elevate Your Visibility Today Through the Academy

It's easy and free to host an Academy Workshop or Seminar in your locale - If you would like to learn more, please email Workshops and Seminars Chair Sarah Cwikla at sarah.cwikla@ghd.com, and copy JSOlmo@aaees.org. Be sure to give an approximate date and suggested topic (if any), possible speakers, and possible location. For three easy steps to hosting an event, click here.

April 23, 2015, AAEES E3S Awards Luncheon and Conference, National Press Club, Washington, DC. Additional details forthcoming.

May 11, 2015, AAEES's 7th Annual Workshop (with TCHs, PDHs and CEUs); includes breakfast and/or lunch at NJWEA's 100th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ: For registration or exhibitor information, visit www.njwea.org.

May 12, 2015, AAEES's 7th Annual Breakfast at NJWEA's 100th Annual Conference. For registration or exhibitor information, visit www.njwea.org.

June 7-10, 2015, AWWA ACE15 Conference, Anaheim, CA. Additional details forthcoming.

June 22-25, 2015, AWMA conference in 2015: Raleigh, NC. Details to follow.

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