Highpoints

Volume 35, No. 5 -- May 2019

Thank You, Sponsors

The Academy expresses its heartfelt thanks to these firms who supported this year's Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon and Conference (E3S). Their support helps to advance best practices of environmental engineering and science. PDHs were earned by attending the morning technical presentations. Sponsors include:

ABET

Environmental Engineering & Science Foundation

C.P. Huang, Ph.D., BCEEM

American Public Health Association

HDR

Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award, sponsored by ABET

Presentations will be posted soon to aaees.org. You will receive notification for free access as soon as presentations become available online. Photos are now posted to https://www.flickr.com/photos/aaeesdotorg/ and https://www.facebook.com/AAEESdotORG/.

And a special thank you to Master of Ceremonies,
David M. Gaddis for his excellent EmCee skills.

Thank You, Academy Patrons

In addition to the event-specific sponsors listed above, we also want to acknowledge the support that we receive from our Patrons. Academy Patrons, whether firms or government agencies, contribute to the Academy at a general level, and as such, enable the Academy to engage in the entire array of products, services, and activities made available to our members throughout the year. Academy Patrons are recognized by the logos presented below:


Big Change Coming in AAEES Elections

online voting

The May to June timeframe is when we hold elections for the Academy's officers and trustees. Until now, that meant a massive mailing on the part of the Academy to put the paper ballot into the members' hands, along with some supporting materials and a non-postage-paid return envelope.

You'll notice the key phrase, until now. That's right! We are changing over to running our elections electronically. Working with an experienced and highly-regarded firm whose business is doing elections for not-for-profit organizations, we will be implementing this year's election totally electronically. Rather than handling paper and doing manual ballot counts, each eligible member will be sent an electronic ballot that looks a lot like what we've been doing in previous years. The difference will be that it takes one click to open the ballot, a few more clicks to vote for your candidates, and one more to submit your vote.

With this system there will be every incentive to vote immediately rather than put it off, and running the risk of never actually voting. So when you see an item in your inbox that says AAEES Election please do us a favor and set aside a few minutes to take care of that ballot right away. The system we are using for the online election is myDirectVote so the email will be coming from directvote.net.

Taking care of this right away will guarantee that you get no more reminders. Or conversely, not responding will guarantee that you do get a reminder if you are too busy with other things to fill out the ballot right then.

The bottom line is that we expect to see participation rates improve by at least 30% and possibly more. We see this change as being good for our members and good for the Academy. Please feel free to contact us with any comments you might have on how the new process worked for you and what changes or improvements you might recommend for the next cycle in 2020.

Thanks for taking the time to cast your ballot.

AAEES Member Elected to NAE

We are proud to announce that one of our very own AAEES Board Certified members has been elected to join The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). John Koon, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, ENV SP, NAE is one of the 86 new members and 18 foreign members who will be joining The National Academy of Engineering.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2019.

John Koon, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, ENV SP, NAE has been a member of AAEES for over 29 years. He is the president of John H. Koon & Associates, Atlanta. Koon was elected to The National Academy of Engineering for his valuable contributions to the design of systems to treat chemically complex industrial wastewaters.

"It is an incredible honor," Koon said. "I'm delighted to be included in this remarkable group of engineers."

For a full list of newly elected members, click here.

AAEES at NJWEA's 104th Annual Conference

AAEES's 11th Annual Workshop and Breakfast at NJWEA's 104th Annual Conference held in Atlantic City, New Jersey May 6th-10th was a huge success. Thank you David Marabello and David Vaccari for making it happen.

It's Simple - Nominate a Colleague to Apply for Board Certification

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Membership Corner

Did you know you can renew online anytime at The AAEES Center? If you have not renewed by now, your certification is expired. You can renew at https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES.

Staff Summer Hours

Staff summer hours begin 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. Click here to access the staff directory.

2019 Examinations

On April 24th, the Admissions Committee completed evaluations of this year's crop of applicants for board certification in their specialty. Examinations will be conducted during July and August. Coupled with holdovers from previous years, more than 70 examinations will be administered this summer. If you are called upon to serve on a peer review panel or as a Chief Examiner, your cooperation and assistance in this effort is greatly appreciated and you will receive 0.5 PDH credit per interview.

Subscribe to the AAEES Meetings and Events Calendar

Click here to view the AAEES Events Calendar. Bookmark it or subscribe to our calendar to have the most up-to-date events, meetings, and announcements.

Have You Visited The AAEES Center? - BCEEs, BCEEMs, BCESs, Members, Young Professionals and Student Members.

You may now renew and update your profile records online! Additional members-only benefits include an online directory, search for other members, view updated committee and board rosters, and purchase lapel pins, certificates, and other apparel.

Non-members and guests are also able to use the AAEES Center to apply for membership, subscribe to Environmental Engineer and Scientist, register for events, and to purchase AAEES publications. Click on the Login button on the AAEES.org home page to visit the AAEES Center or click on the following link: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES.

The AAEES Center is a secure site. The information that we collect is never shared with third parties outside of our organization.

AAEES on Social Media

Please visit, follow, subscribe, and recommend the Academy on all of our 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! You can access all of the Academy's social media networks through the shortcuts on the AAEES homepage: http://www.aaees.org/.

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 Sharon Yin, SYin@ocsd.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.

June 10 - 12, 2019, AWWA ACE19 Conference: Denver, Colorado. The AAEES/AIDIS/AWWA Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at the Colorado Convention Center. The Keynote Speaker is Robert Renner, Chief Executive Officer (Retired), The Water Foundation. His presentation is: "Water and the Foundation: Past, Present and Future". For details, go to http://www.awwa.org or click here to download the event flyer.

June 25 - 28, 2019, A&WMA's 112th Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE), Quebec City Convention Centre. For details, go to https://www.awma.org/.

September 23, 2019, AAEES/AEESP Joint Luncheon at WEFTEC. All are invited! The Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) are pleased to present the 2019 WEFTEC Scientist's Luncheon speaker, Dr. David Dzombak. This luncheon speaker will discuss the timely issue of water risk in the context of demand based on his many years of research. Earn one Academy PDH for attending. Click here to register.

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