Stanley E. Kappe, P.E., DEE, a successful environmental engineer, believed he owed a debt to the profession that rewarded him so well. During his life, he gave of himself to his university and to his profession through countless hours of volunteer activity. And, through this Lecture Series, he continues to share his good fortune with tomorrow's environmental engineers and scientists.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1930 with a bachelor's degree in sanitary engineering. He served with the Pennsylvania State Health Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before joining the Chicago Pump Company as its Eastern Regional Manager in 1935. In 1945, he founded Kappe Associates, Inc., a water supply and wastewater equipment company headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and continued as its Chief Executive Officer until his death in 1986.
His peers recognized his contributions to the profession by numerous awards, including the AWWA Fuller Award, the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, the WPCAP Ted Moses and Ted Haseltine Awards, and the AAEES Gordon Maskew Fair Award. In 1985, Pennsylvania State University named him Outstanding Engineer Alumnus.
Stanley E. Kappe was an activist member and leader in several national and Chesapeake region professional societies. He served as the Executive Director of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (now the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists) from 1971 to 1981.