Volume 32, No. 10 -- November 2016

2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Cazenovia, New York on October 21, 2016. The meeting included two guest members: David M. Gaddis, Trustee-at-Large-Elect and Wayne McFarland, luncheon speaker. Also attending were Burk Kalweit, AAEES Executive Director, Sammi Olmo, Manager Special Projects, Joyce Dowen, Executive Assistant and Yolanda Moulden, Production Manager. Highlights of the meeting appear below.

  • 2017 Individual Award Recipients
    • Stanley E. Kappe Award - Merlyn Hough
    • Edward J. Cleary Award - Sudhir Murthy
    • Gordon Maskew Fair Award - Stephen Hickox
    • Honorary Member Award - George Hawkins
    • International Honorary Member Award - Marcos vonSperling and Eran Friedler
  • Approved AAEECB Board
    • Robert Williams, Chair
    • Lamont Curtis, Vice Chair
    • Jeanette Brown
    • Christian Davies-Venn
    • Hunter Nolen
    • Wendy Wert
    • Cecil Lue-Hing
  • Approved AAESCB Board
    • James Mihelcic, Chair
    • James Patterson, Vice Chair
    • Michael Kavanaugh
    • Robert Schoenberger
    • James Clarke
    • Brian Flynn
    • Benson Pair

New Officers and Trustees

Congratulations to the 2017 Officers and Trustees who were installed during the Annual Meeting October 20 and take office January 1, 2017: Robert C. Williams, President; C. Hunter Nolen, President-Elect; Kristin Morico, Vice President; Dan Oerther, Treasurer; and Howard B. LaFever, Past President. Trustees serving their second three-year term are: R. Benson Pair, representing AIChE. Wendy Wert, Trustee-at-Large, Trustees serving their first three-year term, Jeffrey H. Greenfield, Trustee-at-Large and David M. Gaddis serving a two-year term as Trustee-at-Large vacated by Kristin Morico.

Academy Selected As the Lead Society for ABET Environmental Science Program

Reaching the culmination of efforts that go back for several years, the Academy was approved by the ABET Applied Science Area Delegation (the part of the ABET Board of Delegates that oversees work of the Applied Science Accreditation Commission) as the lead professional society for the accreditation of environmental science programs. The ABET staff were confident in their finding that, based on the Academy's long track record of performance in support of ABET's environmental engineering program, AAEES is capable of the task. A key factor in making this determination was that the Academy has already spent considerable effort in creating its own certification program for environmental scientists. With this foundation to build on, the ABET Applied Science Area Delegation determined that the Academy is the logical and appropriate society to lead accreditation of environmental science programs in the US and in such programs around the world.

This is a significant development for the AAEES as it places the Academy in a position of determining the structure and content of environmental engineering and environmental science programs. Or put another way, it means that the Academy will be positioned to reflect the needs of its membership and Patrons in determining the knowledge that will be required to earn a college degree in environmental engineering or environmental science.

October 20, 2016 - Technical Conference: Program and Plant Performance Improvements with Emphasis on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

The Conference was a huge success with over 90 attendees at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Cazenovia, NY. Thank you to all of our participating speakers: Michael Lannon, P.E., Dan Jean, Dick Goodney, P.E., Phil Tangorra, Ryan Fisher, P.E., BCEE, Dr. Cornelius (Neil) Murphy, Andrew Weiss, P.E., BCEE, and Dan Ramer. A special thanks goes to Howard LaFever for all his work in organizing the Conference and working with our speakers to make the conference a unique event. We are currently working on getting the presentations online to view.

2017 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science

It's time to begin planning your entries for the E3S Competition for 2017. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2017. The submission process is entirely electronic, allowing you to submit your completed entry directly online. Judging is also conducted electronically with an unlimited geographic representation of judges. Entering the E3S competition is a prerequisite for entering the North American category of the IWA PIA Awards.

For entry details, click here. For other information, email JSOlmo@aaees.org.

Annual Certification Renewal

Renewal notices for the 2017 Certifications will be mailed to you by the end of the year. We are currently sending out email blasts each month for renewal. Upon receipt, please log into the AAEES Center and complete your renewal as soon as possible. Please be sure to review and update your data under "My Information" no later than December 31, 2016. It is important to get corrections on your Member Data to the Academy to ensure those changes are printed in the 2017 edition of Who's Who in Environmental Engineering and Science. If you need assistance, please contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org.

If you have not renewed for 2016 you can do so online at aaees.org or contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org. If your certification is in arrears 3 or more years you will have to be re-examined.

2016 Certification Audit Underway

Each person audited is being asked to supply the Recertification Committee with documentation substantiating at least 40 Professional Development Hours. The PDHs are acquired by continuing professional development activities during calendar years January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015 to ensure compliance with the continuing professional development requirements for Active and Life Active specialty certification. Those who were audited within the past 10 years are exempt from the current cycle. If you have any questions, please let Joyce Dowen know at JDowen@aaees.org.

Membership Corner

An email blast went out to all members in November about their 2017 Specialty Certification Renewal. If you are a Life Member you need to renew every year to answer the questions concerning your certification. If you need a renewal form please contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org or renew online at http://www.aaees.org/members-specialtycertificationrenewal.php.

2017 Environmental Communications Awards

We all know how important it is to communicate complex and challenging issues to the public at large and other constituents. With this in mind, AAEES is inviting you to enter this important competition. In cooperation with the International Water Association and the PIA Awards, the Academy is proud to offer this area of competition and invites consulting firms and municipalities alike to enter. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2017. The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon & Conference. The winner will also qualify to enter the IWA's International competition in the North American section. For details and to enter, click here or email JSOlmo@aaees.org.

AAEES 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 http://careers.aaees.org.

AAEES Activities

Leadership in Environmental Engineering - "A Tale of Two Journeys"

On Thursday December 15, 2016, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET, AAEES will host a live webinar with both Dr. Domenico Grasso, P.E., BCEE, University of Delaware Provost, and Kristin (Kris) Morico, P.E., BCEE, Global Leader-Environmental Programs for GE. Both Domenico and Kris will talk about their diverse journeys in environmental engineering with a special emphasis on the importance of both social and professional competencies, mentoring and maintenance of professional networks. This will be an interactive session with "live chat" capability as well. This session is open to environmental engineering and science professionals across all sectors and career stages. This may be especially insightful for early to mid-career professionals as well as students.

To register for this FREE event, go to http://bit.ly/AAEESLeadershipWebinar.

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