Highpoints

Volume 33, No. 11 -- November 2017

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held at the San Antonio Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 2017. The meeting included two guest members: James D. Fitzgerald, Trustee-at-Large-Elect and Richard P. Watson, Trustee-at-Large-Elect. 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:

  • 2018 Individual Award Recipients
    • Stanley E. Kappe Award – Daniel Oerther
    • Edward J. Cleary Award – Karen Pallansch
    • Gordon Maskew Fair Award – Debra Reinhart
    • Honorary Member Award – Rita Rossi Colwell
    • International Honorary Member Award – Steve Burnage
    • Science Award – Joel Burken
  • 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 W. Patterson, Vice Chair
    • Michael Kavanaugh
    • Robert Schoenberger
    • James Clarke
    • Brian Flynn
    • Benson Pair

New Officers and Trustees

Congratulations to the 2018 Officers and Trustees who were installed during the Annual Meeting October 19 and take office January 1, 2018: C. Hunter Nolen, President; Kristin Morico, President-Elect; James W. Patterson, Vice President; Dan Oerther, Treasurer; and Robert C. Williams, Past President. Trustees serving their second three-year term are: Fred Ellerbusch, representing APHA. David Vaccari, Trustee-at-Large, Trustees serving their first three-year term, Phillip C. Singer, representing AWWA, James D. Fitzgerald, Trustee-at-Large and Richard P. Watson serving a one-year term as Trustee-at-Large vacated by James W. Patterson.

October 19, 2017 – Technical Conference: Protecting Our Precious Resource – Texas Waters

The Conference was a success with over 55 attendees at the San Antonio Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. Thank you to all of our participating speakers: Robert R. Puente, Nancy Pappas, Danny D. Reible, P.E., BCEE, David R. Jackson, P.E., BCEE, Dan Mueller, Christopher Ashcraft, Pete Spicer, Suzanne Scott and Kathleen Jackson. A special thanks goes to Robert Williams for all his work in organizing the Conference and working with our speakers to make the conference a unique event. PDFs of the presentations are online at: http://www.aaees.org/aaeespresentations-2017technicalconference-sanantonio.php.

2018 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 E3S Competition. Entering is easy and the submission process is done entirely 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. The deadline to submit your entry is February 1, 2018.

For more information, entry guidelines, and submission forms, go to http://www.aaees.org/e3scompetition.php.

Annual Certification Renewal

Renewal notices for the 2018 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, 2017. It is important to get corrections on your Member Data to the Academy to ensure those changes are printed in the 2018 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 2017, contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org. If your certification is in arrears 3 or more years you will have to be re-examined.

2017 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, 2015, through December 31, 2016, 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.

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Membership Corner

An email blast went out to all members in November about their 2018 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.

2018 Environmental Communications Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 EComm 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. Entering is easy and the submission process is done entirely online. The winner will also qualify to enter the IWA's International competition in the North American section. The deadline to submit your entry is March 1, 2018.

For more information, entry guidelines, and submission forms, go to http://www.aaees.org/environmentalcommunicationsawards.php.

2018 AAEES Kappe Lecturer

The 2018 Kappe Lecturer is Mark J. Rood, Ph.D., BCEEM, FAEESP, FAWMA, Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will be visiting university campuses during the 2018 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 http://www.aaees.org/kappelecturer.php. The reservation deadline is February 1, 2018. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your requests as soon as possible.

Funding Available for Environmental Research and Development

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SONs) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration - Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response - Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Resiliency - Supports the development of the science, technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD's installation infrastructure in a sustainable way.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms - Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 SONs will be selected through a competitive process. Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.

The Core SERDP Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects. All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP January 4, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $200,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response program area. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website. All SEED proposals are due March 6, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce that for summer 2018 we will again offer our RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) internship programs: RISE Germany and RISE Professional.

RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology), computer science, and related disciplines.

RISE Germany undergraduates are paired with German PhD students in a unique mentoring partnership to ensure immediate integration into hands on lab work and built-in social network with an excellent opportunity to develop new technical skills. RISE Germany participants receive a scholarship to cover living expenses. To learn more about RISE Germany, please visit: www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/ or email: rise@daad.de.

RISE Professional is designed for Master's and PhD students and alumni of the RISE program who are matched with a well-known German company, where they gain insight into the professional applications of science and engineering and develop practical skills. Internships can last up to three months. This program features a scholarship to cover living expenses. To learn more about RISE Professional, please visit: www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-professional/ or email: rise-pro@daad.de.

The deadline for both programs is December 15th, 2017.

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