AAEES Highpoints

The February 2020 Highpoints is now online. Click here to read this month's edition.

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AAEES Presents the 2020 Kappe Lecture Series

Kappe Head featuring Dan Oerther

The 2020 Kappe Lecturer is Daniel B. Oerther, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, BCES.

Professor Daniel B. Oerther is Vice President of AAEES and is renowned for interprofessional education and community based participatory research improving access to clean water and nutritious food worldwide. Dan joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010 as the John A. and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair of Civil Engineering after ten years on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. He is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Science and Technology for Advanced Studies and Research (India), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India), University of Western Para (Brazil), Future University (Egypt), and King's College London (United Kingdom).

Dr. Oerther will be visiting university campuses beginning with the 2020 fall semester.

The objective of the Kappe Lecture Series is to share the knowledge of today's practitioners with tomorrow's engineers and scientists.

Dr. Oerther has prepared two lectures: Transprofessional Environmental Wellness: GRoWES – Global Research on WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) to Eliminate childhood Stunting and Science Diplomacy: COAST – Caribbean Ocean and Aquaculture Sustainability faciliTy. Abstracts of both lectures are online at https://www.aaees.org/kappelectureseries/kappelecturer.php. He is prepared to present one or both in settings of each university's choosing. Dr. Oerther will also be available for informal meetings with faculty, students, and area professionals.

To take advantage of this opportunity, please complete and submit the reservation form at https://www.aaees.org/_downloadcenter/kappe/KappeReservationForm.pdf. The reservation deadline is March 13, 2020. Please indicate on the form the date or dates when you would like him to appear. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and we anticipate that reservations will fill quickly! We will do everything possible to accommodate your first priority date. Universities are encouraged to have other area schools participate in the lectures; the number of schools served is one of several selection criteria.


Joyce Dowen Retiring!!!

As some of you have already heard, Joyce Dowen retired from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists on December 31, 2019.

Joyce has served AAEES for more than twenty years. She began working for what was then known as the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) in 1998. She started out as the shipping manager for the AAEE Environmental Engineering Bookstore and retires as the Academy's Executive Assistant. But the title of Executive Assistant doesn't come close to covering the scope of her duties. Like the rest of us at AAEES, her duties are too long and numerous to list - and hers are among the Academy's most important.

She is often the first voice that you hear when you call headquarters. She is the point person for those of you who are renewing your specialty certification, walking you through the auditing process, and managing your shipments for trade shows.

If you've spent any time on the phone with Joyce, then you've gotten only a glimpse of what we in the office get to see every day. She is kind, helpful, accommodating, patient, knowledgeable, and understanding, with a ready wit and story to tell.

Though we know that she is only a text message away, we at AAEES headquarters will miss having Joyce around. To say that she leaves big shoes to fill is an understatement!

Feel free to send your well wishes to Joyce at JDowen@aaees.org. And while you're at it, don't forget to renew your specialty certification.

Beginning January 1, 2020, your new contact for many of the duties once handled by Joyce is Susannah Walz (SWalz@aaees.org) who also serves as the Academy's Financial Manager.


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Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation's Scholarship Program

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (EESF) has as its Mission "to secure and direct resources to advance environmental engineering and science in the areas of research, education and practice". Towards that end, the Board of EESF has created four annual scholarships for Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science students at the undergraduate and Master's levels.

Four $2,500 scholarships are being offered for:

  • Undergraduate Environmental Engineering
  • Undergraduate Environmental Science
  • Master's level Environmental Engineering
  • Master's level Environmental Science

The two undergraduate scholarships will target students transferring from Community Colleges.

For criteria and additional information on the EESF Scholarship Program, go to https://www.eesfoundation.org/scholarship or email us at scholarship@eesfoundation.org.


The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization) is listed in IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As such, it is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation
https://www.eesfoundation.org | 410.266.3390


EComm Call for Entries

Environmental Communications (EComm)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Environmental Communications Awards Competition recognizes the efforts of organizations in communicating complex and challenging issues to environmental conservation groups, town councils, state and national legislative bodies, private sector companies, and the general public by highlighting the value and importance of their projects and their economic and public health benefits.

The judging criteria for the Environmental Communications Awards includes:

  • Innovative approach to messaging or branding
  • Future value to the water engineering and science profession
  • Creativity and clarity in portraying and communicating the messages
  • Effectiveness in delivery and achieving desired outcome
  • Integrated Design Approach - Narrative and visual elements work together to achieve the communication objectives.

Entering is easy and the submission process is done entirely online! It starts with emailing your completed 2020 EComm Reservation Form to Sammi Olmo. Your reservation form acts as an intent to enter the competition. You will then be assigned a personal and secured drop box for electronically submitting your entry files for the competition. Completed entries for the EComm Competition must be uploaded by March 1.

Go to https://www.aaees.org/ecommcompetition/ for additional information, including entry guidelines and profiles of previous award-winning projects.

Winners are invited to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to accept their trophies at the AAEES Awards Luncheon and Conference. The 2020 AAEES Awards Luncheon and Conference will take place on April 23, 2020.

Get the recognition and exposure your
leading-edge projects and your team deserve!

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