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Volume 31, No. 7 -- July 2015

2015 Annual Meeting & 60th Anniversary Celebration

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California and the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel on October 22-23, 2015. President Jim Stahl encourages the BOT to arrive early to attend the festivities.

The BOT meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday, October 23. The President's Reception and Installation will be held the evening of Thursday, October 22. A concurrent Spouse Program is planned. More details to follow next month.

2016 Election

Unofficial winners in the election of 2016 Officers and Trustees include:

Confirmation of their election will take place at the 2015 Annual Meeting. They will be installed October 22, 2015, along with the new Board of Trustees. Their official terms start January 1, 2016.

Leaving the Board December 31, are Christian Davies-Venn, Past President, Michael C. Kavanaugh, Trustee-at-Large, James Mihelcic, representing AEESP, Dan Wittliff, representing NSPE, Robert J. Schoenberger, representing SWANA and Jeanette A. Brown, representing WEF.

2016 Committee Appointments

Reminder to Committee Chairs - President-Elect Howard LaFever is anxious to receive your recommendations for new committee members and/or chairs to replace those whose terms expire in December 2015. The Academy is seeking volunteers who are interested in helping the Academy through its network of committees. Committee appointments are for three-year terms. Please email your recommendations and letters of interest to the attention of President-Elect Howard LaFever either via email, at JSOlmo@aaees.org or via postal mail to Academy Headquarters * 147 Old Solomons Road * Suite 303 * Annapolis, MD 21401, at your earliest convenience. For a list of committees and committee members click here.

Committee Chair Reports - Annual Reports are Due September 1st

The Executive Committee requests that each Committee Chair provide a report describing the committee's accomplishments for the year. Other matters the Committee wishes to bring to the Board's attention should also be included in the Committee Report. To obtain a copy of the Committee Report form, go to http://www.aaees.org/downloadcenter/ReportForm-Committees.doc.

Sponsoring Organization Reports - Annual Reports are Due September 1st

The Executive Committee requests that each SO Liaison provide a report describing achievements in enhancing relations between the two organizations. Reports are needed by September 1 so they may be reviewed by the Executive Committee. To obtain a copy of the Sponsoring Organization Report form, go to http://www.aaees.org/downloadcenter/ReportForm-SponsoringOrganizations.doc.

Nominations Open for Prestigious AAEES Awards

Who, in your opinion, deserves recognition for their professional achievements? Each year at the Awards Luncheon the Academy honors top environmental engineers and scientists. The individual awards include:

Forms for submitting nominations are available at http://www.aaees.org/aaeesawards-criteria.php. Please submit your nominations to Sammi Olmo at JSOlmo@aaees.org no later than August 1, 2015.

Nominate a Volunteer of the Month

Give credit where credit is due! The Academy's success is based on the selfless work of its members. If you have personal knowledge of a member's contributions to the Academy and wish to nominate that individual for AAEES's Volunteer of the Month, please send your nomination to YMoulden@aaees.org. Your nomination should not exceed 350 words.

Electronic Certification Applications Available Year 'round

Who encouraged you to obtain your Certification? Won't you encourage qualified colleagues and associates to submit their applications for specialty certification? The Academy's online application forms make it easy to initiate the process. Don't wait for the last minute to help an associate receive the recognition and prestige that comes with becoming a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (non-PE), or Board Certified Environmental Scientist. Certification information and applications are available online at www.aaees.org under Membership. When encouraging applicants, be sure to send them the link to the Academy's "Value of Certification Video" below! Just copy and paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Of8-NsLjU into your message.

AAEES on Social Media

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Youtube Flickr Blogspot

Reap the little-known advantages of social media. It's not too late to start. Try visiting, following, subscribing to, and recommending the Academy on all of its newly updated social media networks. Contribute a valuable discussion to the 1900+ subscribers on LinkedIn, join the conversation on Twitter, check out your Academy's exciting events on Facebook, view the most up to date photos on Flickr, and much more! Give it a whirl! You can access all of the Academy's social media networks through the new shortcuts on the AAEES homepage: http://www.aaees.org.

2015 Certification Audit Underway

Forty-five BCEE/BCEEMs, chosen at random, have received notices for the 2015 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. If you work full-time you automatically receive 24 PDHs and then you only have to come up with 16 more. This can be done by attending seminars, classes, symposiums, exhibits, performing presentations, etc. The PDHs are acquired by continuing professional development activities during calendar years January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014 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. If you need assistance with the audit please contact Joyce Dowen at 410-266-3311.

Membership Corner

It is never to late to renew your certification, if you need assistance please contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org or renew online at http://www.aaees.org/members-specialtycertificationrenewal.php.

Staff Summer Hours

Staff summer hours began Memorial Day Weekend. The office closes Fridays at 12:00 p.m. Normal business hours resume following Labor Day Weekend. You may leave a message for any staff person by calling 410.266.3311 and listening for the appropriate extension, or send an email by clicking here.

Is Your Marketing Director Signed On?

The Academy is creating a contact list of marketing directors to improve awareness of Academy members and stakeholders and their significant achievements in environmental engineering and science. Ask your marketing director to sign up for information by visiting AAEES.org, or clicking on this link.

2015 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 2014 and 2015 E3 award winners are invited to submit their projects online via the IWA PIA website http://www.iwa-network.org/. More details forthcoming.

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.

September 27-30, 2015 - WEFTEC - AAEES will be exhibiting again at Booth 1447 and volunteers for booth duty are welcome. Click here to sign up as an official Academy booth spokesperson. Not only will you get a chance to promote the Academy, but you will also find yourself making connections that are made possible only through your participation in the booth. Being there adds to your WEFTEC experience. We look forward to your joining the AAEES WEFTEC team!

AAEES/AIDIS/WEF Breakfast - The Breakfast will be held on Monday, September 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. All are invited! This year's breakfast features Catherine O'Connor, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Engineering, MWRDGC. The title is "Recovering Resources, Transforming Water - Phosphorus Recovery and Other Sustainability Initiatives at Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago". Details forthcoming.
Sponsorship by PE Consulting. Earn one Academy PDH for attending.

Register here: http://www.weftec.org/registration.

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