Volume 33, No. 7 -- July 2017

2017 AAEES Annual Board of Trustees Meeting & Technical Conference

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas, October 18-20, 2017. President Williams encourages the BOT to arrive early to attend the Welcome Dinner on Wednesday evening, October 18 and the Technical Conference - Protecting Our Precious Resource - Texas Water on Thursday, October 19.

The BOT meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday, October 20. The President's Reception and Installation will be held the evening of Thursday, October 19. More details to follow next month.

2017 Election

Unofficial winners in the election of 2018 Officers and Trustees include:

  • Kristin Morico - President-Elect
  • James W. Patterson - Vice President
  • James D. Fitzgerald - Trustee-at-Large
  • David A. Vaccari - Trustee-at-Large
  • Richard P. Watson - Trustee-at-Large

Confirmation of their election will take place at the 2017 Annual Meeting. They will be installed October 19, 2017, along with the new Board of Trustees. Their official terms start January 1, 2018.

Leaving the Board December 31, are Howard B. LaFever, Past President, Merlyn L. Hough, representing A&WMA, Fred Ellerbusch, representing APHA, Issam N. Najm, representing AWWA, and Lilia A. Abron, Trustee-at-Large.

2018 Committee Appointments

Reminder to Committee Chairs - President-Elect Hunter Nolen is anxious to receive your recommendations for new committee members and/or chairs to replace those whose terms expire in December 2017. 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 Hunter Nolen either via email, at JSOlmo@aaees.org or via postal mail to Academy Headquarters * 147 Old Solomons Island 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/members/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/members/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 at Sammi Olmo at JSOlmo@aaees.org no later than August 1, 2017.

Free Webinars

If you missed one of our webinars but would like to see them, here are the recording links to several past webinars. For a list of upcoming webinars please see "AAEES Activities" at the end of this newsletter. Enjoy!

  • Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System Initial Expansion

  • Leadership in Environmental Engineering "A Tale of Two Journeys"

  • State-of-the-Art Nitrogen Upgrade to Protect our Waters
    PLAY RECORDING NOW (the video on this presentation starts after the 8 minute mark so you may want to fast forward to that point)

  • Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility South Secondary Improvements Project

  • Improved Water Quality in Ixcan Guatemala

More is GOOD

Submit a Nomination Button
  1. Click on the simple one page nomination form to download the form
  2. Complete the form
  3. Click on Submit a Nomination button to email the form to Joyce at JDowen@aaees.org

AAEES on Social Media

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.


The Recertification Audit for 2017 has started and some members have already submitted their information. Please remember, when submitting the Annual Professional Development Credit Reporting Form, you need supporting documentation to substantiate the PDHs that you indicated on the form. You can also submit the information by email to JDowen@aaees.org. If you have any questions about the submittal process, please contact Joyce Dowen at 410-266-3311.

Membership Corner

If you have not renewed your certification by March 31st, it is considered expired! Please contact Joyce Dowen at Academy Headquarters at 410-266-3311 or JDowen@aaees.org. Please give us a call and we will handle your renewal over the telephone! Did you know you can always renew online anytime at The AAEES Center at: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES. The 2018 Specialty Certification Renewals will be sent out by email in September.

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.

2017 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 2017 and 2018 E3S award winners are invited to submit their projects online via the IWA PIA website http://www.iwa-network.org/iwa-project-innovation-awards/. More details forthcoming.

AAEES Activities


It's easy and free to host an Academy Workshop or Seminar in your locale - If you would like to learn more, please email Sammi Olmo at 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.

July 20, 2017, FREE AAEES Live Webinar: Regional Water Recycling Plan No. 5 Battery Storage: Part 1 - Planning for Sustainability. 12 noon EST. Click here to register.

August 15, 2017, FREE AAEES Live Webinar: Physics‐Based Management Optimization (PBMO™) Technology Presentation. 12 noon EST. Click here to register.

August 30, 2017, FREE AAEES Live Webinar: Plant No. 5 Battery Storage - Operations Management Part 2 & 3. 12 noon EST. Click here to register.

September 14, 2017, FREE AAEES Live Webinar: Novel and Advanced Hybrid Oxidation and Enzymatic Technologies for Emerging Trace Environmental Contaminants. 12 noon EST. Click here to register.

September 27, 2017, FREE AAEES Live Webinar: The Evolution of STAR from Laboratory Concept to Full-Scale In Situ Implementation. 12 noon EST. Click here to register.

October 2, 2017 - AAEES Breakfast at WEFTEC. All are invited! This year's breakfast is at 7:00 am at the McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Krishna Pagilla P.E., BCEE, Professor and Environmental Engineering Program Director at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Pagilla is an expert and internationally-known leader in the fields of water quality, water resource recovery, water reuse, and environmental biotechnology. Details of his speech to follow. Earn one Academy PDH for attending. Click here to register.

September 30-October 4, 2017 - WEFTEC - AAEES will be exhibiting again at Booth 6534 and volunteers for booth duty are welcome. Click here to sign up as an official Academy booth spokesperson or email Sammi at JSOlmo@aaees.org. 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!

October 12, 2017 - AAEES Annual West Coast Event. This year's topic is After Decades of Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR); Are We Ready for Next Step, Direct Potable Reuse (DPR)? To see the speaker lineup and to register today, go to http://bit.ly/2017WestCoastEvent.

October 12, 2017, Environmental Symposium, Hampton Inn & Suites, Cazenovia, New York. There will be six one-hour speeches. It will be a one day environmental symposium with a balance between environmental science and engineering issues with focus on emerging issues. For information, contact Howard LaFever at Howard.LaFever@ghd.com.

October 19, 2017, AAEES Technical Conference: Protecting Our Precious Resource - Texas Water, San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas. The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) will be hosting a one-day technical conference in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the Academy's Board of Trustees Meeting the following day. The selected speakers represent the "Best of the Best" professionals. Registration TBA.

November 14, 2017, FREE AAEES Live Webinar: Innovative Approach for Implementing Performance -Based Remediation at Fort Ord. Presentation. 12 noon EST. Click here to register.

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