Kappe Medal

Stanley E. Kappe Award

The Stanley E. Kappe Award honors the man whose dedicated leadership, strong devotion, and tireless efforts contributed so much to the growth and advancement of AAEE during the period he served as its Executive Director, 1971 to 1981.

This Award is presented to the Board Certified Environmental Engineer or Board Certification Environmental Scientist who has performed extraordinary and outstanding service contributory to significant advancement of public awareness to the betterment of the total environment and other objectives to the Academy.

For the full list of eligibility criteria and information on how you can submit nominations for a worthy Environmental Engineer or Environmental Scientist, click here.

Kappe Winner

2019 Stanley E. Kappe Award Recipient

R. Benson Pair, Jr., P.E., BCEE

R. Benson Pair, Jr., P.E., BCEE, is the Chief Technology Engineer (CTE) - Environmental at KBR, Inc., an international engineering, procurement and construction company. KBR serves the hydrocarbon industry, including LNG, refining, petrochemicals and polymers, ethylene, and fertilizer. KBR offers a number of proprietary technologies, including ammonia, ethylene and fluid cat cracking (FCC). Mr. Pair is located in the corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. He has more than 46 years of industry experience, the last 30 of which is with KBR. As the Environmental CTE, Mr. Pair manages the Environmental Engineering group, supporting KBR projects around the world. The group primarily addresses air pollution control, wastewater treatment and solid waste management, from permitting and environmental approvals, through Front End Engineering and Design (FEED), to detailed design, construction, start up and commissioning. Prior to joining KBR, Mr. Pair worked for Engineering Science, Inc. in its Houston, Texas office for 16 Years. Joining Engineering Science upon graduating from Rice University, he worked his way up from his entry level engineering position to become Manager of the Houston Office.

Mr. Pair is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, receiving his P.E. in 1980, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE). He obtained his BCEE certification in 1984 while working for Engineering-Science. Mr. Pair has focused his career on the industrial sector, being introduced to industrial wastewater treatment running bench scale and pilot scale simulation studies. He has designed grass roots treatment plants, expanded existing facilities, and assisted in trouble-shooting operating facilities. In his career, Mr. Pair has completed projects in a dozen countries. Mr. Pair has considerable experience in permitting and regulatory approval, at the local, state and Federal levels. He has worked on projects funded through international lending institutions such as Ex-Im Bank and World Bank. Mr. Pair has over 15 years of experience working on domestic LNG projects and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval process.

Mr. Pair currently serves the Academy as the AIChE representative on the Board of Trustees. He is the Board liaison to the Sustainability Committee. He is also a member of the Major Partners Committee and the American Academy of Environmental Scientists Certification Board (AAESCB). Mr. Pair has a long history of serving professional societies. He is currently a member of the Academy, AIChE, and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Over the course of his career, Mr. Pair has served in every office of the Southeast Section of the Water Environment Association of Texas, as well as every office in the AIChE Environmental Division. He has also served on the editorial board of the AIChE publication Environmental Progress. He has served multiple terms as the AIChE representative on the Academy Board for a total of 12 years.

Mr. Pair received his B.A. in Chemical Engineering and his M.Ch.E. from Rice University in 1972.

Past Winners

2018 Oerther, Daniel
2017 Hough, Merlyn
2016 Lue-Hing, Cecil
2015 Pope, Richard J.
2014 Reinhart, Debra
2013 Corneille, Richard W.
2012 Lippy, Stephen G.
2011 Tripp, Sandra L.
2010 Selna, Michael W.
2009 Graef, Stephen P.
2008 Flynn, Brian P.
2007 Dominy, Matthew
2006 Echelberger, Jr., Wayne F.
2005 Hickman, Jr., H. Lanier
2004 Williams, Robert C.
2003 Ryckman, DeVere W.
2002 Boyle, William C.
2001 Dee, William P.
2000 Willis, Charles A.
1999 Conway, Richard A.
1998 Velzy, Charles O.
1997 Meyer, Jr., Alvan F.
1996 Lagnese, Jr., Joseph F.
1995 Pohland, Fred G.
1994 Vicory, Alan H.
1993 Lederman, Peter B.
1992 Marini, Robert C.
1991 Busch, William H.
1990 Perry, Robert R.
1989 Guy, Jr., Louis L.
1988 Hesketh, Howard E.
1987 Graber, Ralph C.
1986 Coulter, James B.
1985 Snow, Donald L.
1984 Niles, Jr., Charles F.
1983 Palange, Ralph C.

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