Volume 38, No. 4 -- April 2022


Notice of Scheduled Maintenance to AAEES.org:
April 25 – April 26

The Academy website, AAEES.org, will be undergoing scheduled maintenance and major updates beginning Monday, April 25. While we do not anticipate our website being offline for the full two days, we may experience intermittent server downtime. The website should be back up – and better than ever, by Wednesday, April 27.

While you may not be able to access AAEES.org, you will still be able to log in to your account on the AAEES Center to register for events, renew your specialty certification, and update your account information.


2022 AAEES Awards Luncheon and Conference


The 2022 AAEES Awards Ceremony and Conference took place on April 7, 2022. It was a wonderful event! If you missed it, you can view the recording here: https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EA56DF86884E38&code=663-829-182.

Click here if you would rather just view the PDF of the presentation.


Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Innovation Platform
MABR Research Collaborative

Webinar Info

Webinar Speaker

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM Eastern | 9:00 AM Pacific

Registration Fees:
$30 for members
$40 for non-members
This event is FREE for student members.

Not already an AAEES Student Member? Click here to register for your FREE Student Membership.

Sandeep Sathyamoorthy

Sandeep Sathyamoorthy, Ph.D.
Global Practice and Technology Leader, Innovation and Applied Research
Black & Veatch

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Webinar Summary

Process intensification is the practice of accomplishing more with less. Intensification enables utilities to achieve higher capacity, quality, or both with existing infrastructure. Emerging biofilm-based processes, such membrane aerated biofilm reactors (MABRs) maximize the value of existing assets and concurrently achieve both increased treatment capacity and enhanced process sustainability. The addition of MABRs enables total nitrogen removal in a single tank which would otherwise have a specific and limited function. Although the MABR process has been extensively studied at lab-scale, limited studies have been conducted at pilot or full-scale. There are significant knowledge gaps, particularly as it relates to the value-proposition and applicability of the technology for process intensification. Results from a recently completed study led by Black & Veatch and also consisting of Suez, and the City of Hayward (CA, USA) evaluated a pilot‑scale hybrid MABR-suspended growth (MABR-SG) process in a real-world application. The research filled key knowledge gaps in the applicability of the MABR-SG process to achieve intensified nutrient removal. Existing biological reactors could be retrofitted to achieve a 50% to 100% increase in treatment process capacity without construction of new concrete tanks. As utilities focus on the need for energy-efficient, low-GHG nutrient removal as part of a broader resource recovery and optimization portfolio, the MABR-SG hybrid process evaluated by this research provides an effective tool. It shows MABR technology is ready to be used in more applications.

About the Presenter

Sandeep Sathyamoorthy is the global practice and technology leader for innovation and applied research at Black & Veatch. Sandeep’s research, operations and implementation expertise are at the intersection of nutrient removal and potable reuse. He is currently leading multiple research initiatives at BV on waste to products in circular economy systems. Sandeep has a BS (Hons) in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a PhD (EWRE) from Tufts University.

Webinar Format

This will be an interactive session with "live chat" capability. The session is open to environmental engineering and science professionals across all sectors and career stages. Our objective is to offer special insights on leading edge solutions for graduate and undergraduate students as well as early to mid-career environmental professionals who are considering specialty certification.

We have several webinars scheduled in the coming months. See list below. We are in the process of updating our system, so the webinar registration links will be available soon.

Webinar Date

Webinar Title

May 18, 2022

Reinventing the Toilet for Global Sanitation: The NEWgenerator Resource Recovery Machine

June 15, 2022

Logan Township MUA 0.5 MGD Water Reclamation Facility Expansion

August 24, 2022

PFAS Webinar: Title TBD

October 5, 2022

Locally Enhanced Electric Field Treatment (LEEFT) for Disinfection

Webinar Video Library

webinar library

If you would like to access an AAEES webinar that has already occurred, view our video library here: https://www.aaees.org/resourcecenter/webinarvideos.php.



Member News

AAEES's Vice President, Wendy Ann Wert, P.E., BCEE, Civil Engineer at Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, has recently been featured in an article published in Governing Magazine.

On Earth Day, Public-Sector Leaders Consider What Lies Ahead

From regulation to restoration, the work of environmental stewardship falls largely on the shoulders of those in government. For Earth Day 2022, Governing asked public-sector leaders how they see the path forward.

Earth Day is the planet’s largest annual civic observance. Almost 8 billion passengers now crowd what Buckminster Fuller called “Spaceship Earth,” and 1 in 8 of them are expected to participate in Earth Day events.

It’s easy to forget that before the first Earth Day in 1970, there was no U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, no Occupational Safety and Health Administration, no Clean Water or Endangered Species acts. The American Industrial Revolution, and its conquest of nature, had a head start of almost 150 years by the time Earth Day ignited citizen demand for government to take action.

Read full article here.


New Member Benefit – PDH Online

PDH Online

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists has renewed our partnership with PDH Online to provide its members with professional development hour courses. All AAEES members receive a 30% discount off any of PDHonline's 3,000+ courses, including live webinars. AAEES will receive a 20% royalty for each course taken by AAEES members using the AAEES membership code AAEES30. Members can search courses and sign up at www.PDHonline.com.

PDH Online is one of the leading online course providers and is an approved continuing education sponsor by many state licensing boards for professional engineers. Over 100 of their courses have been developed by BCEE's. AAEES has designated PDH Online as the Preferred PDH Provider to help AAEES members complete all their bi-annual PDH requirements.


Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation Scholarships: Applications due by April 30, 2022

Scholarship Fund

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (EESF) has created six annual scholarships for students majoring in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science at the Master's level.

EESF Master's Degree Scholarships in Environmental Engineering and Science

Four scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each are offered to students completing programs at four-year institutions who will be entering a graduate program to complete a Master's Degree either in Environmental Engineering or related field of engineering or Environmental Science or related field (as discussed in the FAQs). These scholarships are based on academic performance.

EESF Master's Degree Scholarships in Environmental Engineering and Science for Under-Represented Minority (URM) Students

These two scholarships are identical to those described above for Master's degree candidates but are available to students who self-identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The URM category will include individuals who identify two or more affiliations if at least one of their affiliations is one of these groups.

Details, FAQs, and application forms can be found at: https://www.eesfoundation.org/scholarship/. Applications are due by April 30, 2022.


NWRI Fellowship Program Opens for 2022:
DEADLINE is May 6, 2022

Every year, the NWRI Fellowship Program awards funds for graduate students to conduct water research in the United States. To be eligible, students must be accepted and enrolled in a US-based graduate program. Application forms and instructions are available on the NWRI website.

The deadline to apply for academic fellowships for the 2022 academic year is May 6, 2022, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. For information, please contact [email protected]

NWRI Member Agency Graduate Fellowships: $5,000

Research must be related to developing and/or enhancing drinking water supplies and water resources in general. Research topics may include new treatment technologies, improvements to existing treatment and management technologies, sustainability issues including water/energy nexus, water policy and regulation, and natural resource economics.

NWRI-AMTA Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology: $10,000

Research must be related to the advancement of membrane technology in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries, and must be consistent with AMTA’s mission to solve water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. Research topics may include membrane bioreactors (MBRs), fouling and scaling control, efficiency (removal, recovery, energy use), pretreatment processes, and membrane materials.

NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition Graduate Fellowship: $10,000

The student must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in Southern California. Research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salt from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Research topics may include concentrate management, institutional and regulatory/policy issues, economic analysis, and innovative treatment technologies.


The Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series

The Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series organized by the MS program in Sustainability Management is an effort to connect our students to professionals in the field of Sustainability. This is a weekly series jointly sponsored by Hugo Neu Corporation and Geosyntec Consultants. Cosponsors are BEM Systems, Brown and Caldwell, WSP, The Catalyst Group and H2M Architects and Engineers.

The seminars take place every Tuesday between 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern on Zoom.

For further information please visit: http://www.stevens.edu/sustainability-seminar-series.




Share Your Story

We always love to hear what our members have been up to! Send us your recent articles, news, project photos, etc. We would be happy to share with the rest of the environmental engineering and science community via social media. Send an email to Marisa Waterman at MWaterman at aaees.org.


The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation Scholarship Fund

EESF is seeking your support for the EESF Scholarship Fund Campaign. Your donation will be vital to achieving our goal of funding scholarships at a level of $2,500 per student per year. Donations in excess of this are sought to provide future funding.

Go to The Scholarship Page to contribute today!


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