Interim Executive Director
Effective January 1, 2021, Benson Pair, P.E., BCEE, will be the interim Executive Director of AAEES. Mr. Pair has been a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (Life) in Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering since 1984. He has served multiple terms, for a total of 12 years, on the AAEES Board of Trustees as the AIChE representative.
Mr. Pair has a long history of serving professional societies. In addition to AAEES, he has also been a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and 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. In 2019, he was awarded the Stanley E. Kappe Award by AAEES.
Welcome aboard, Benson!
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The VIRTUAL 2020 AAEES Conference and Awards Ceremony
AAEES held the 2020 AAEES Conference and Awards Ceremony virtually this year. We wish to thank all who attended this event!
AAEES President Dr. James W. Patterson, BCEEM, introduced Keynote Speaker Dr. Rita Rossi Colwell who started off the event with with her timely topic, Climate, Oceans, and Human Health - What Cholera Can Teach Us About COVID-19.
2020 Stanley Kappe Award Recipient Wendy Wert, P.E., BCEE introduced Matt Bao, Brian Polson, and Larry Wong - all representing Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. LACSD won the 2020 E3S Superior Achievement Award and the Grand Prize for 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Clean Air Act. They conducted a special presentation of the Tulare Lake Compost Project: Attaining Sustainability in a Nonattainment Area.
AAEES President-Elect Dr. Lilia A. Abron, P.E., BCEE, rounded out the event by recognizing all of the award recipients, staff, attendees, and all participants. She remarked:
"I am really happy to be a part of this army of activism, intellectualism, and innovation."
A special thank you to Master of Ceremonies David Gaddis, P.E., BCEE.
A recording is available at: https://www.anymeeting.com/593-579-224/EA52D689874E31.
All award recipients and winners are listed below. Click the links to read more about them.
AAEES Award Recipients
Danny D. Reible, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Wendy A. Wert, P.E., BCEE
Prakasam Tata, Ph.D., BCES
Nancy G. Love, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Jimmy C.M. Kao, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Susan J. Masten, Ph.D., P.E.
Jonathan L. Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Megan E. Patterson
Joseph E. Weaver
2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Award Winnrs
Superior Achievement and Grand Prize for 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Clean Air Act
Tulare Lake Compost: Attaining Sustainability in a Nonattainment Area
Entrant: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Engineer in Charge: Robert C. Ferrante, P.E., BCEE
Location: Kings County, California
Stormwater and Deicing Capacity Projects
Entrant: Wessler Engineering
Engineer in Charge: William J. Leber, P.E.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Superfund Study Area
Entrant: Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Engineer in Charge: Eric Suchomel, Ph.D., P.E.
Location: Mountain View, California
Success of an Integrated Approach for Groundwater Clean-up Beneath an Urban University Campus
Entrant: Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Engineer in Charge: Carl Elder, Ph.D., P.E.
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
City of Virginia Beach Stormwater Management and Flood Mitigation Planning Project
Entrant: CDM Smith
Engineer in Charge: Gary St. John, P.E., BCEE, PMP
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
COAST: Carribean Ocean and Aquaculture Sustainability faciliTy
Entrant: Daniel B. Oerther, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, BCES
Engineer in Charge: Daniel B. Oerther, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, BCES
Location: Caribbean Sea
Climate Resiliency and Adaptation Plan
Entrant: Orange County Sanitation District
Person in Charge: Nasrin Nasrollahi
Location: Fountain Valley, California
Hybrid Adsorption Biological Treatment System (HABiTS) for Nitrogen Removal in Onsite Wastewater Treatment
Entrant: University of South Florida
Engineer in Charge: Sarina J. Ergas, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Location: Tampa, Florida
REMChlor-MD Groundwater Containment Transport and Remediation Computer Model
Entrant: Ronald W. Falta, Ph.D.
Person in Charge: Ronald W. Falta, Ph.D.
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Environmental Communications Competition
Gaining Community Support for a Regional Recycled Water Program
Entrant: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Person in Charge: Susan Sims, Group Manager, External Affairs
Phase II Recognize, Retreat, Report (3Rs) Explosives Safety Education Program
Entrant: U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville
Persons in Charge: Brian Jordan, Chief, Environmental and Munitions Center of Expertise and Betina Johnson, Chief, Ordnance and Explosives Design Center Division