Honorary Member

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One or more Honorary Members may be selected each year by the Academy's Board of Trustees by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its members. The individual so honored possesses one or more of the following characteristics:

  • has attained a position of eminence in the field of environmental and/or human health protection;
  • has made a single noteworthy contribution or sustained contribution to the advancement of environmental and/or human health protection; or
  • has rendered outstanding service over a long period of time resulting in the advancement of the affairs of the Academy.

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Honorary Member

2022 Honorary Member

Carl-Axel P. Soderberg, P.E.

Mr. Soderberg is a graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He has a professional engineer’s license from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Mr. Soderberg is a member of the institute of Environmental Engineers of Puerto Rico, the Association of Professional Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico, the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS, by its Spanish acronym), and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association.

Mr. Soderberg has 45 years of experience in the environmental protection field. He started his professional career in 1970 as a staff engineer of the Water Pollution Control Program at the Puerto Rico Department of Health. One year later he joined the recently created Environmental Quality Board (EQB), were he worked for 16 years. At the EQB he was Director of the Water Quality Area for eight years and Vice Chair of the Board for four years.

In 1987 Mr Soderberg was recruited by the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority to establish and implement the Industrial Pretreatment Program in Puerto Rico. He was the Director of the Pretreatment Area until January 10, 1992.

Mr. Soderberg was recruited by the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for 24 years in the Caribbean Division. Mr. Soderberg was the Director of the division for 20 years. He retired from EPA on February 1st, 2016.

Mr. Soderberg has done short term consulting for the World Bank in Mexico concerning pretreatment of industrial wastes. Mr. Soderberg has also performed short term consulting for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Colombia, Ecuador and Panamá. He is currently a member of the board of the San Juan Bay Estuary Program. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Water and Health Institute of Metropolitan University.

Mr. Soderberg was the President of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (known by the Spanish acronym of AIDIS) from 2000 to 2002. He was the President of the Puerto Rico Chapter of AIDIS (AIDIS-Puerto Rico) from 1986 to 2000. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Soderberg was Chair of AIDIS Inter-American Advisory Council. Since 2004, he has been an active member of the Advisory Council. He is currently serves as an Advisor to the President of AIDIS and Director of AIDIS-Puerto Rico. He was the Director of the AIDIS International Division for Environmental Protection from 1988 to 1992 and Director of the AIDIS International Division for Legislation, Regulations and Standards from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Soderberg was Vice President for Region I of AIDIS from 1994 to 1998. Region I includes Canada, United States, México, Cuba, Haití, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the English speaking Caribbean.

Mr. Soderberg has given keynote addresses on environmental matters in twenty countries of Latin American and the Caribbean. He is the author of two chapters of the book Themes on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering: The Vision of Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean. The book was published by AIDIS in 2014. He is currently drafting two chapters for an AIDIS book on water reuse in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Past Recipients

Year

Recipient

2021

No Recipient

2020

Massey, Ann

2019

Fair, Gordon Maskew (In Memoriam)

2018

Colwell, Rita Rossi

2017

Hawkins, George

2016

Kirk, Ken

2015

No recipient

2014

Jenkins, David

2013

Sutley, Nancy

2013

Rittmann, Bruce E.

2013

Jackson, Lisa

2012

Van Antwerp, Jr., Robert L.

2011

Randall, Clifford W.

2010

Crombie, George R.

2009

McCarty, Perry

2009

Rouse, Michael

2008

Sekarajasekaran, A. "Sek"

2007

Gunaratnam, Daniel J.

2006

Barnard, James L.

2005

Qingtao, Xie

2004

Lohani, Bindu Nath

2003

Gloyna, Earnest F.

2002

Bath, Vincent

2001

Tambo, Norihito

2000

Imhoff, Klaus R.

1999

Ludwig, Harvey F.

1994

O'Connor, Donald J.

1991

Stern, Arthur C.

1988

Okun, Daniel A.

1983

Wolman, Abel

1982

Kappe, Stanley E.

 

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