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The W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal

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The W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal is awarded to the Grand Prize winner in the Industrial Waste Practice category. The medal was established in 2012 in honor of the late W. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr., Sc.D., P.E., BCEE (1926 - 2010).

A man whose passion for his field was part of everything he did, W. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr., was a pioneer in the field of wastewater treatment and an authority in industrial wastewater management.

Dubbed the "Godfather" of industrial wastewater management by colleagues and students, Wes' career began in 1952 when he joined the civil engineering department at Manhattan College. His teaching career spanned more than 30 years and included positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbuilt University. He was also the founder of several environmental engineering firms, received numerous awards from professional societies, and authored more than 30 books.

His contributions to industrial waste management included the development and application of activated sludge technology.

To keep his name alive and his work a part of the field for many years to come, Wes' many students, colleagues, and friends have honored him by establishing the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Fund. Wes was involved in many aspects of environmental engineering and industrial waste management, and the Fund sponsors or co-sponsors several awards.

Past Recipients

Project Name
2018 Savron, a division of Geosyntec Consultants International, Inc. From Pilot to Full Scale: Development of STARx HottPad™
2017 CDM Smith El Dorado, AR Thermal Treatment Facility Expansion
2016 Navy Region Southwest Design/Build of Remediation Systems for VOC-Contaminated Groundwater, Soil Gas, and Indoor Air at Naval Base Point Loma
2015 No recipient No recipient
2014 CH2M Iron Mountain Mine Sediment Removal Remediation Project
2013 CDM Smith Florence Recycling Center Stormwater and Wastewater Treatment Facility
2012 Malcolm Pirnie, the Water Division of ARCADIS Co-Digestion and Combined Heat and Power Improvements

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