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Volume 37, No. 1 -- January 2021

Interim Executive Director

Benson Pair

We're proud to announce that Benson Pair will take over as the Interim Executive Director since Burk Kalweit retired at the end of 2020. Benson, now retired, was the Chief Technology Engineer-Environmental at KBR, responsible for the Environmental Engineering Group in the Project Definition Department.

Benson is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. We believe Benson’s dedication to the field along with his project management skills will be exactly what The Academy needs for 2021!

Welcome aboard, Benson!

Sammi Olmo Retiring from AAEES

After more than thirty years of service to the organization, Sammi Olmo is retiring from AAEES on January 29, 2021.

Sammi is a familiar face and voice for the Academy. You know her if you’ve ever:

This list has the potential to extend for another page or so. Obviously, Sammi’s official title of Manager of Special Projects covers a multitude of areas. Though COVID made it impossible for 2020, Sammi’s face was often the first to warmly greet you at an Academy event.

Sammi began her stint with, what was then known as, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in 19--. You know, the exact year isn’t important! But suffice it to say that Sammi has been a part of the Academy for nearly half of the Academy’s existence. She has seen the Academy through multiple headquarter locations, staff changes, and transitions. Through it all, she has remained warm, patient, and knowledgeable!

If you know her, you know that she loves family, dogs, the color red, cooking, wine, and chocolate! The same Sammi who warmly greeted you at the Academy events, made sure that you checked in okay, or offered to assist you in any way that she could, is the same Sammi we have worked with over the years.

She has often been the go-to person if you needed to know anything about the Academy. She could answer the question of who does what, what is that, where is that, when did we start doing that, and why is that where it is!

While we are sad to see her go, we are happy for her well-earned retirement. Her presence, warmth, patience, knowledge, and kindness will be missed at headquarters.

Thank you, Sammi, for the wonderful years.

We invite you to extend your well-wishes to Sammi at

2021 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition and Awards Deadline Changes


Give your best projects the broad exposure and global recognition they deserve. Begin preparing your entry, or entries, now. Deadline for submitting Reservation Forms is April 1, 2021 and deadline for submitting entries is May 1, 2021. Look for details at:

Completed entries must be uploaded by May 1, 2021.

2021 Environmental Communications (EComm) Awards

Environmental Communications

Communicating with a diverse set of stakeholders, as well as the public at large, can be a complex and challenging task. Communication and marketing plans must be designed to address the objectives and strategies of a campaign’s need to reach a target audience. With this in mind, AAEES is proud to offer this area of competition and invites consulting firms and municipal agencies alike to enter.

Completed entries for the EComm Awards Competition must be uploaded by June 1, 2021. You may submit the reservation form at any time, but it is advised that you do so early to ensure that you have sufficient time to review the instructions and test your secured drop box before the June 1st deadline. 2021 EComm Reservation Form.

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Annual Certification Renewal for 2021

Please remember to submit your 2021 Specialty Certification renewal. The due date has been extended to January 31, 2021. If you would like your information to be in the Who’s Who in Environmental Engineering and Science, please submit your renewal by then.

2021 AAEES Kappe Lecturer

David Dzombak

The 2021 Kappe Lecturer is Dr. David A. Dzombak, P.E., BCEE, DWRE, the Hamerschlag University Professor and Heal of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He will be visiting university campuses during the 2021 fall semester. The objective of the Kappe Lecture Series is to share the knowledge of today's practitioners with tomorrow's engineers and scientists.

For abstracts of the lectures he has prepared and for additional information, go to The lecture reservation deadline is March 1, 2021. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your requests as soon as possible to schedule a lecture presentation.

Environmental Conversations with Lilia and Joel

Ducoste and Abron

"Environmental Conversations with Lilia and Joel” is a new weekly video show and audio podcast to energize the future of engineers and scientists. Hosting the conversations are Lilia Abron, Ph.D., president of AAEES and president/CEO of PEER Consultants, PC, and Joel Ducoste, Ph.D., president of AEESP and professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department and Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The show is a production of CorlissNet LLC, and IAQNET LLC/Healthy Indoors magazine.

Click here to watch the first episode
Click here to watch the second episode

Scholarship Awareness Program-Help Get the Word Out

Scholarship Fund

Our non-profit partner, the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation, is offering six scholarships to students majoring in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science. One of the biggest challenges is making students aware of the availability of financial assistance. Each of us knows a professor or can contact a financial aid office at our alma mater or a local university or community college. You may even know a deserving student! Please take a minute to make contact with a colleague who could direct students to this scholarship program.

The best source of information is the EESF website:

AAEES Career Center

Career Center

The interactive job board is free to members who are seeking employment. The site provides employers and recruiters with highly qualified environmental engineering job candidates. Employers may post available positions directly to the Career Center for a fee of $495/position for a 30 day listing. Payment is made online by credit card. Internship postings are free! For more information, go to

Jobs currently available at the AAEES Career Center

Faculty Position in Architectural Design and Housing at the Ecole Polytechnique Fèdèrale de Lausanne
Ecole polytechnique fèdèrale de Lausanne | Lausanne

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Environmental Adaptation
Ecole polytechnique fèdèrale de Lausanne | Sion

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Catchment Science and Engineering
Ecole polytechnique fèdèrale de Lausanne | Sion

Faculty Position in History and Theory of Architecture (Digital Turn)
Ecole polytechnique fèdèrale de Lausanne | Lausanne

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2021 Openings

Chair, Environmental Chemistry Committee

Members, Membership, Development & Outreach Committee

Members, Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Awards Committee

AAEES Activities

AAEES Webinar: Wednesday January 27, 2021 at NOON CST


Dr. Jay Banner, F.M. Bullard Professor, Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas Austin, will be speaking about how climate change is impacting our water resources.

Academy members can earn PDH credits for attending this session.

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