Volume 33, No. 12 -- December 2017

Season's Greetings!!

The leaders and staff of the Academy extend sincere wishes for Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2018 to all members and their families and friends. Thank you for your commitment to the Academy.

2018 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science

It's time to begin planning your entries for the E3S Competition for 2018. The deadline to submit entries is February 1, 2018. The submission process is entirely electronic, allowing you to submit your completed entry directly online. Judging is also conducted electronically with an unlimited geographic representation of judges. Entering the E3S competition is a prerequisite for entering the North American category of the IWA PIA Awards.

For entry details, go to http://www.aaees.org/e3scompetition/.

2018 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook - Sign Up for Your Listing

The Academy invites you to sign up for a listing in the 2018 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook. The Guidebook is released in both electronic and print format to make each 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 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 needs.

Ask your organization to reserve its space by March 15, 2018. It's great exposure for a low cost. For details, email JSOlmo@aaees.org. To download the reservation form, click here.

Annual Certification Renewal

Hard copies of the notices for the 2018 Certifications are in the mail for those who still have not renewed. You may renew using the hard copy renewal or online at https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES. Upon receipt, please log into the AAEES Center and complete your renewal as soon as possible. Please be sure to review and update your data under "My Information" no later than December 31, 2017. It is important to get corrections on your Member Data to the Academy to ensure those changes are printed in the 2018 edition of Who's Who in Environmental Engineering and Science. If you need assistance, please contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org.

If you still have not renewed for 2017, contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org. If your certification is in arrears 3 or more years you will have to be re-examined.

'Tis the Season

Yes, it is the holiday season with all the special moments it brings as we gather with friends and family to celebrate and reflect on the events of the past year.

It's also another type of season -- the beginning of tax season. While nowhere near as enjoyable as the holiday festivities, taking care of tax matters now can pay significant benefits for this tax year. The value of those benefits can be compounded into even larger amounts in the future with careful and informed planning.

Have you ever considered making the Academy an element of your personal tax strategy? Were you aware that the Academy established the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation to serve as a mechanism by which Academy members can make tax deductible contributions to jointly support the practice of environmental engineering and science?

We can accept individual donations on a one-time basis. We also created what is known as a planned giving program. This mirrors the kinds of things that you see on public television where we can enable people to create and implement a structured giving program of a few dollars per month for the entire year. Please take a look at our description of the program on the Foundation's website at http://www.eesfoundation.org/plannedgiving/. Please consider making a donation.

Clearly, we can't tell you the whole story in this limited amount of space. But we can assure you that the program is designed to have significant benefits for our donors and for the Academy.

Feel free to give us a call to find out more. We would be delighted to hear from you.

2017 Certification Audit Underway

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, 2015 through December 31, 2016 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 have any questions, please let Joyce Dowen know at JDowen@aaees.org.

It's Simple - Refer a Friend to Apply for Board Certification

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Student Chapter Corner


Check out our AAEES student chapter leaders at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Notice they are sporting their AAEES T-shirts! President - Andrew Medrano, and Vice President - Jose Soria. Thank you for your continued support!

For more Student Chapter News, go to http://www.aaees.org/studentchapters/.

Membership Corner

If you are a Life Member you need to renew every year to answer the questions concerning your certification. If you need a renewal form please contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org or renew online at http://www.aaees.org/members/specialtycertificationrenewal.php.

2018 Environmental Communications Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 EComm 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. Entering is easy and the submission process is done entirely online. The winner will also qualify to enter the IWA's International competition in the North American section. The deadline to submit your entry is March 1, 2018.

For more information, entry guidelines, and submission forms, go to http://www.aaees.org/ecommcompetition/.

2018 AAEES Kappe Lecturer

The 2018 Kappe Lecturer is Mark J. Rood, Ph.D., BCEEM, FAEESP, FAWMA, Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will be visiting university campuses during the 2018 fall semester. The objective of the Kappe Lecture Series is to share the knowledge of today's practitioners with tomorrow's engineers and scientists.

For abstracts of the lectures he has prepared and for additional information, go to http://www.aaees.org/kappelectureseries/. The reservation deadline is February 1, 2018. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your requests as soon as possible.

Funding Available for Environmental Research and Development

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SONs) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration - Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response - Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Resiliency - Supports the development of the science, technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD's installation infrastructure in a sustainable way.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms - Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 SONs will be selected through a competitive process. Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.

The Core SERDP Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects. All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP January 4, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $200,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response program area. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website. All SEED proposals are due March 6, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

AAEES Website Update

The structure and content of http://www.aaees.org has been updated and reorganized. Some of the new sections are still under development. Sections of the website are listed below. If you are having trouble locating information, please use the search bar or email Yolanda at YMoulden@aaees.org for assistance.

Topic/URL Description

AAEES Awards

Critieria and past recipients of the Individual Annual AAEES Awards.

AAEES Center

Information and instructions for using the AAEES Center, our online store.


History of AAEES

Advertise with AAEES

Information to advertise with AAEES

Assistance for Applicants

Information including the examination schedule

Become a Member

Criteria and information on becoming a Student Member, AAEES Member, or Young Professionals Participant

Become Board Certified

Criteria and information on Board Certification

Careers in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science

Information on careers in environmental engineering and environmental science

Contact Us

Links to contact AAEES Staff and Leadership

Donators and Sponsors

Annual list of individual and corporate sponsors of AAEES programs

Download Center

List to quickly find forms and other documents.

Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (E3S) Awards Competition

Criteria and past winners of the Annual E3S Competition

Environmental Communications Awards (EComm) Competition

Criteria and past winners of the Annual EComm Competition


Information on education in environmental engineering and environmental science.


Upcoming AAEES Events

Kappe Lecture Series

Information on the Annual Kappe Lecture Series


Current member news and recruitment materials


Highpoints and other AAEES news

Patrons Program

Information on the AAEES Patrons Program.


Information and links for accessing AAEES Publications

Resource Center

Videos and PDFs of previous AAEES Events.

Student Chapters

Information and news of AAEES Student Chapters

Student Team Award

Information and past winners of the Student Team Award

Tau Chi Alpha

Information and news of Tau Chi Alpha, a National Environmental Engineering Honor Society

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