Highpoints

Volume 40, No. 6 -- June 2024


New AAEES Patron: Carollo Engineers

Carollo Engineers

We are proud to welcome Carollo Engineers as a new AAEES Patron!

For over 90 years, Carollo Engineers has provided a full range of innovative planning, design, and construction management services to address the water needs of municipalities, public agencies, private developers, and industrial clients. Carollo develops robust water management strategies that leverage collaboration, provide multi-benefit solutions, and achieve sustainability and resilience. Carollo has nearly 1,400 employees located across North America.

To learn more about how Carollo is “Working Wonders With Water®” call (800) 523-5826 or visit www.carollo.com


AAEES Patrons

Patrons of the Academy are organizations that are distinguished by providing financial support to the Academy's programs in addition to their engagement in specialty certification of their Engineers and Scientists. They are dedicated to a collaborative effort with the Academy in pursuit of Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science. For more information, go to https://www.aaees.org/patronsprogram.


Upcoming AAEES Webinars

 July 2024

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
NOON - 1:30 PM Eastern
Don’t Waste a Drop! How Tech Helps Santa Monica Identify Where and When to Expand Reuse

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
NOON - 1:30 PM Eastern
Smoldering Treatment of PFAS in Soils

September 2024

Wednesday, September 18, 2024
NOON - 1:30 PM Eastern
NW Natural Gas Interceptor Trench Remediation Project Portland Oregon

 October 2024

Wednesday, October 2, 2024
NOON - 1:30 PM Eastern
Ashtabula WTP Reconstruction


Everything You Need to Know About Becoming AAEES Board Certified

Have you ever thought about Board Certification but aren’t sure where to start? Or perhaps you’ve taken a look and are worried about studying for the written exam? Or maybe you’re not sure if your work history is sufficient to make you eligible? Let us help to remove some of the (unneeded) mystery from the process of Board Certification!

Join us for this interactive meeting to sit down with our Executive Director, Professor Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, BCES, so you can learn all about becoming Board Certified with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists!

Upcoming meetings:

September 4, 2024

Wednesday, September 4, 2024
NOON - 1:30 PM Eastern
Everything You Need to Know About Becoming AAEES Board Certified

December 4, 2024

Wednesday, December 4, 2024
NOON - 1:30 PM Eastern
Everything You Need to Know About Becoming AAEES Board Certified

Details can be found at: https://www.aaees.org/everythingyouneedtoknow-boardcertification.


The Academy Connector

The Academy Connector

The Academy Connector is a new way to help the Academy to grow, connect, and diversify members across the profession. It also offers a great way to connect with each other.

Share as much (or as little) information as you wish. Let other AAEES attendees know you'll be there, how to contact you, if you're a speaker or presenter, or if you are willing to host a get together with other Academy members. The information you share will be published in The Academy Connector. This publication will only be distributed to other Academy members attending this event.

We are currently connecting AAEES members for the following event…

NSPECon24 – August 7-9.  If you are attending, please connect with other AAEES attendees here: https://www.aaees.org/theacademyconnector-nspe


Save the Date

Save the Date

The 2024 AAEES Nationwide Intern Networking Fair

The 2024 AAEES Nationwide Intern Networking Fair is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 2024. Details will be posted to https://www.aaees.org/internnetworkingfair.

The 2024 AAEES Nationwide Career Networking Fair

The AAEES Nationwide Career Networking Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2024. Details will be posted to https://www.aaees.org/careernetworkingfair.

The 2024 Academy Autumn Summit

The theme this year is Evidence-informed Practice:  Translating Research into Practice to Solve Cross-cutting Challenges.

The event will be held on Thursday October 17, 2024. A portion of this event will be online, and a portion will be held in person. The online sessions will be from 9 am until noon PACIFIC (noon until 3 pm EASTERN) to be followed by an in-person event (4 until 8 pm PACIFIC) hosted by Academy Patron Orange County Sanitation District at their new headquarters. More details are available at https://www.aaees.org/autumnsummit.


Foundation Donations

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation's primary purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science. As a result, the public will become more aware of the important role Environmental Engineers and Scientists play in managing global, national and regional environmental challenges. To accomplish its goals, the Foundation dedicates its resources to education, research and awards focused on outstanding Environmental Engineering and Science achievement.

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As such, all contributions donated through this site are eligible to receive a tax-deduction. The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation supports several educational, awards, and outreach programs and supports a variety of activities and initiatives of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Descriptions of the various funds and their charitable objectives can be found here. https://www.eesfoundation.org/donate/

DONATE TODAY

Did You Know?

The AAEES calendar is a great way to stay connected with listings of upcoming events, meetings, deadlines, industry observances, and other important dates.  

Click here to view the AAEES calendar. 


Past AAEES Webinars

webinar libraryDid you know you can watch our past webinars on YouTube? Click here.

 

 


Need PDHs?

You now have the opportunity to earn PDHs from recorded webinars! If you miss an AAEES webinar, you can watch it at your convenience and then take a quiz to earn PDHs. 

  1. Go to our webinar library and watch a webinar of your choice. 
  2. Once you have watched it, go to the coordinating quiz link to purchase and complete a brief quiz. 
  3. Once you pass the quiz, we will send you your PDH certificate. 

It’s that simple!

Go to our webinar library to browse our recorded webinars: https://www.aaees.org/aaeeswebinarslibrary.


Stories Submission 

AAEES is THE collaborating organization in environmental engineering and environmental science. Environmental engineers and environment scientists can come here to tell a story and connect with others. 

We accept a variety of formats:

  • Photo(s) with description
  • Links to news articles
  • Video clips 
  • Links to relevant webinar/podcasts
  • Links to industry white paper

We appreciate everything our members submit. Depending on the size of your item, we may include it on social media, the monthly Highpoints Newsletter, or Environmental Engineer and Scientist magazine.

For more information, and to submit your story, go to https://www.aaees.org/MemberStories.


Update Your Profile

Is your information up to date? Log in to your account at https://www.aaees.org and click on ‘Go To My Profile’ under Quick Links. Update any outdated information, change your primary contact information, or view any events for which you have registered.


AAEES Podcasts

The Importance of Mentoring:  No One is An Island

Join us as we sit down with Nicholas Albergo, PE, BCEE, BC.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI and Matthew Talbert, PE, BCEE from Academy Patron, GHD.  GHD Group is a global employee-owned multinational technical professional services firm providing advisory, architecture and design, buildings, digital, energy and resources, environmental, geosciences, project management, transportation and water services. Nick is a Professional Engineer, Senior Advisor to GHD, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. Matt is an Environmental Engineer and project manager specializing in site assessment and remediation.

You will hear about GHD’s mentoring program and the importance of intentional conversations as well as the demands placed on emerging professionals. Matthew will share how he was drawn to becoming Board Certified through the Academy and how it has helped his career.

Nick’s humor during a conversation on ethics is sure to make you laugh as he asks, “What would your mom think?” Don’t miss this episode. 

Stream or Download This Episode

Environmental Engineering and Science: A Team Sport

Join us as we sit down with two of our Board Certified Environmental Scientists. Dr. Mary deFlaun, BCES is a Sr. Principal Microbiologist at Geosyntec Consultants. Dr. deFlaun will be interviewing Heather Tahon, BCES, a Principal Scientist also at Geosyntec Consultants.  Heather has worked in environmental consulting for almost 20 years now and has worked at Geosyntec for the past 11 years.  Heather’s practice includes managing environmental investigation, remediation, transactional due diligence, and compliance projects primarily for industrial clients.  Heather currently manages the groundwater remediation and environmental management department in Geosyntec’s Pittsburgh, PA office.

During this podcast, Heather discusses how her mentors have helped her throughout her career and how being board certified with the Academy has benefitted her credibility in the consulting world. Heather also gives advice on how young professionals can develop their own leadership style. 

As a strong leader who now mentors others, Heather is an inspiration to anyone working in the environmental engineering/science world.

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A Day in the Life of an Environmental Engineer and the Steps it Takes to Get There: Interview with Isreal Hodges, Jr., P.E., BCEE

Join us as we sit down with two of our Board Certified Environmental Engineers. Anastasia Rudenko, P.E., BCEE, ENV SP, who is an associate with GHD, will be interviewing Isreal Hodges, Jr., P.E., BCEE, who is a Lead EHS Specialist for Rivian Automotive. Almost four years ago, Isreal became a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the Academy with a specialty in Air Pollution Control. Isreal’s story will inspire any young professional who is striving for a career in environmental engineering/science. During this podcast, Isreal talks about how being Board Certified with the Academy has helped his career, and he emphasizes the importance of being proactive with early career networking. Isreal also discusses his favorite part of the job, overcoming career challenges and how prioritizing physical health improves all aspects of his life. Above all, Isreal reminds us to enjoy the journey and celebrate success. As an ambassador of environmental engineering, Isreal is an inspiration to anyone working towards becoming an environmental engineer.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Become a Successful Engineer: The Story of Melody Gonzalez

Join us as we sit down with Anne Germain, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) who will be interviewing Melody Gonzalez, a Project engineer at Black & Veatch. Melody has a captivating story to tell. Originally from Venezuela, Ms. Gonzalez used her strength, grit and determination to become an engineer all while raising two boys on her own. During this podcast, you will learn the unique details of Melody’s journey from being a single mother with limited family support to growing into an engineer practicing in the United States and working on earning a PE license. Melody talks about the importance of having a good mentor along the way and also emphasizes the importance of being a good mentor to others. Melody also discusses the importance of getting involved. Joining professional organizations, being active in the industry, and cultivating a network all serve as the building blocks for getting an engineering career off the ground. Melody is an inspiration to all women and anyone who dreams of becoming an engineer.

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Interactive Who’s Who

The Academy’s website has an improved and expanded feature for members: the Interactive Who’s Who. Look for the link just below the welcome message after you log in. With this tool you can search for members by name, specialization, organization, and location. You can use this feature to find Board-Certified individuals within a specialty for possible engagement on projects. You can find out who else in your organization is a member and see their biographical information. You can get contact information for colleagues in the Academy. Universities can find local Board-Certified members in order to engage them with their program as mentors or external advisory board members. The feature is intuitive to use by selecting one or more text fields to search for. Once you find a member you can then click on them for more detailed profile including contact information. And, if you search for yourself, you will be able to edit your profile including adding a headshot photo for your colleagues to know you by. Enjoy this new feature that will help our members connect with each other.


Have You Logged In To Your Account at AAEES.org?

If you haven't yet logged in to your new account:

If you are having trouble accessing your account, email Yolanda at YMoulden at aaees.org for assistance.


AAEES Career Center

The AAEES Career Center is available at https://aaees.mcjobboard.net.

Job Seekers may post resumes, apply for jobs, and have access to useful tools such as alerts, keyword search, and a resume bank exposure.

Employers may post opportunities for internships, contract positions, part-time positions, and full-time positions. You will receive renewal notifications if your job is about to expire and access a resume bank of potential candidates.

How can you log in to the AAEES Career Center?

If you have a log in for AAEES.org, then you already have access to the AAEES Career Center.  Just go to https://aaees.mcjobboard.net and log in using the same credentials that you use for AAEES.org. If you do not have an account, click on "Create an Account" under Quick Links and use those credentials to log in to https://aaees.mcjobboard.net.

Pricing

Job Seekers may post their resumes for free. This is open to members, non-members, and students.

Employers may post jobs at the following rates. As a member benefit, AAEES Board Certified Individuals and AAEES Members may post jobs for FREE. Just log in using the same credentials that you use on AAEES.org.

 

Non-member Pricing

Member Pricing

30-Day Listing

$200

FREE

60-Day Listing

$400

FREE

90-Day Listing

$600

FREE

Featuring Listing

$50

$25

With a Featured Listing, your job will be promoted at the top of the board and published to the Google Jobs Network.

New Jobs Posted at the AAEES Career Center

Senior Electrical Engineer
Irvine Ranch Water District - Irvine, CA

Senior Engineer
Irvine Ranch Water District - Irvine, CA

Civil Engineer
East Bay Regional Park District - Oakland, CA

Waterworks Assistant Director
City of Newport News, VA - Government - Newport News, Virginia

Safety and Environmental Compliance Coordinator
Bowie State University - Bowie, MD


New Member Benefit – PDH Online

PDH OnlineThe 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 https://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 BCEEs. AAEES has designated PDH Online as the Preferred PDH Provider to help AAEES members complete all their bi-annual PDH requirements.


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.


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Please be sure to whitelist or add [email protected] to your contact list to ensure you receive important updates and announcements to your inbox.


Host a Virtual Event

It's easy and free to host an AAEES Webinar or Virtual Workshop/Event

If you would like to learn more, please email Marisa Waterman at MWaterman at aaees.org. Be sure to give an approximate date and suggested topic and possible speakers.


Student Lounge

We always love to hear what our student members have been up to! Send us your recent articles, news, studies, 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.


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