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Call for Speakers for the NJWEA/AAEES Workshop on Resilient Utility Management – Plan, Respond, Recover and Adapt

Deadline is Monday, November 23, 2020.


The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) is sponsoring a workshop at the New Jersey Water Environment Association’s (NJWEA) 106th annual conference. The workshop will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday, May 17, 2021, with a special breakfast session on Tuesday morning in honor of Wes Eckenfelder to close out the workshop.

This is a workshop that was originally planned to be offered at the 2020 NJWEA Conference, which was canceled due to the pandemic. While many of the original presenters have expressed their continued interest for 2021, we need additional speakers. The 2021 Conference is currently planned to be held in person. Of course, this event will be subject to the CDC and State safety guidelines in force at that time.

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the workshop on the topic of resiliency in utility management, especially managing risks to minimize interruptions and ensure efficient operations for safeguarding public health and the environment. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners defines resiliency as robustness and recovery characteristics of utility infrastructure and operations, which avoid or minimize interruptions of service during an extraordinary and hazardous event. Criteria to assess a utility’s resiliency include:

Water and wastewater utilities today face a diverse array of risks. Some of the risk categories are:

Climate change risks (flooding, seal level rise)

Aging infrastructure risks

Social challenges

Extreme events (manmade or natural)

Impaired water resources (nutrients)

Power outages (blackouts)

This workshop is intended both for specialists as well as for other environmental professionals interested in hearing from researchers and practitioners who are advancing the state of the art. The audience may include representatives of regulated community such as municipalities and utility authorities, as well as environmental consultants, and equipment suppliers. Attendees can receive continuing education credits.

The NJWEA was the first society for wastewater treatment professionals in the United States. It was a model for similar groups in other states and led to the formation of today’s Water Environment Federation. This conference draws thousands of industry professionals from the NJ-NY-PA region.

Abstracts and biographical forms are due Monday, November 23, 2020 for our review. Presentations would need to be submitted approximately one month before the Conference.

Please send a proposed title and abstract and a brief bio using the forms indicated below:

Send the forms to:

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:

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
Gordon Maskew Fair Award

Wendy A. Wert, P.E., BCEE
Stanley E. Kappe Award

Prakasam Tata, Ph.D., BCES
Edward J. Cleary Award

Nancy G. Love, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Science Award

Ann Massey
Honorary Member

Jimmy C.M. Kao, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
International Honorary Member

Susan J. Masten, Ph.D., P.E.
Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award

Jonathan L. Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Paul F. Boulos Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award

Ashley Osler
W. Brewster Snow Award

Megan E. Patterson
W. Brewster Snow Award

Joseph E. Weaver
W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award

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


Grand Prize

Stormwater and Deicing Capacity Projects
Entrant: Wessler Engineering
Engineer in Charge: William J. Leber, P.E.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Honor Award

Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Superfund Study Area
Entrant: Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Engineer in Charge: Eric Suchomel, Ph.D., P.E.
Location: Mountain View, California

Environmental Sustainability

Grand Prize

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

Honor Award

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


Grand Prize

Climate Resiliency and Adaptation Plan
Entrant: Orange County Sanitation District
Person in Charge: Nasrin Nasrollahi
Location: Fountain Valley, California

University Research

Grand Prize

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

Honor Award

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

Grand Prize

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

Honor Award

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

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