|To:||Membrane Industry & Media Publications|
|From:||Harold Fravel, AMTA Executive Director|
|Contact:||firstname.lastname@example.org / 772-463-0844|
|Date:||February 15, 2017|
The 2017 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition were held in Long Beach, CA; the Awards Luncheon and AMTA Membership Meeting took place on February 15, 2017. During the Luncheon Awards Ceremony and AMTA Members Meeting, the following awards were presented:
AMTA 2017 HALL OF FAME Awards: Recognizes pioneering and/or lifetime contribution by an individual to the field of membrane technology.
- William Andrews received the award in recognition of Bill’s integral participation in the industry since 1972. Bill was a Rhodes Scholar in philosophy and atomic physics and began his career in the water industry working in electrodialysis. He joined Polymetrics in 1975 and founded DesalCo in Bermuda in 1991. In 2002 Bill invented the DWEER Energy Recovery Device (Dual Work Exchanger Energy Recovery) which continues to be one of the world’s most energy efficient energy recovery devices for seawater desalination.
- Charlie Hull received the award in recognition of Charlie’s contribution to the industry since 1968 as a designer of significant membrane facilities. Charlie began his career at Reverse Osmosis General Atomic (ROGA) where he designed many breakthrough systems including The Ocean Reef Club (1971), Orange County Water Factory 21 (1976) and Four Corners New Mexico (1978). Charlie went on to Ajax International and founded Separation Engineering in 1983 where he continues his work today.
- Srinivasa Sourirajan received the award in recognition of Dr. Sourirajan’s groundbreaking contribution to the membrane industry. In 1960 he was the
co-inventor of the original cellulose acetate RO membrane with the late Dr. Sidney Loeb. He continued his membrane research in Ottawa, Canada, where he focused on research into the mechanism of RO and worked on developing alternate materials for RO and UF. He is credited with publishing more than 290 publications on membrane separation technology. The membrane industry as we know it would not exist without Dr. Sourirajan’s breakthrough.
- Mike Stefanic received the award in recognition of Mike’s contribution to the water treatment industry as one of the first engineers to recommend and install an RO system at an IBM semiconductor facility in New York. Mike then joined Aqua Media to spread the technology throughout the semiconductor industry and make it indispensable to operations. Mike spent many years with Fluid Systems/Koch and Toray continuing to promote membrane technology throughout the world.
AMTA 2017 OUTSTANDING MEMBER AWARD: Recognizes outstanding contributions to membrane technology by an individual who is a member of AMTA.
- Jeff Mosher received the award in recognition of Jeff’s support of the American Membrane Technology Association for approaching AMTA to be a partner of the AMTA/NWRI joint fellowship awards. These awards have helped to launch careers in membranes for many deserving students and began AMTA’s commitment to investing in the future of our industry by developing young talent.
2016/2017 AMTA-ADC FELLOWSHIP AWARDS were given to four students. This Fellowship made possible as the result of a gift to AMTA by the Affordable Desalination Collaboration (ADC). The ADC was founded with a mission to advance the knowledge and understanding of desalination cost, energy, and promising advances in these areas. The recipients were:
- Carlo Alberto Amadei, Harvard University; received the award for his studies on: “Graphene Oxide Architectural Laminates (GOAL) Membranes for Desalination”
- Mackenzie B. Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles received the award for her studies on: “Research Plan: Developing a new scalable method for making membrane surfaces hydrophilic”
- Rebecca McLean, University of Central Florida received the award for her studies on: “Nanoparticle Driven Forward Osmosis Innovation for Mitigating Membrane Fouling in Algae Separation”
- Trent Pinion, Texas A&M University-Kingsville received the award for his studies on: “Design of Mixed Matrix Polysulfone Membranes for Membrane Distillation”
2016/2017 AMTA-NWRI FELLOWSHIP AWARD were given to two students. This Fellowship was made possible as a cooperative effort between AMTA and National Water Research Institute (NWRI). The recipients were:
- Sarah Dischinger, University of Colorado Boulder, received the award for her studies on: “Recovery of Flowback Water from Hydraulic Fracturing Operation Using a Nanoporous Liquid Crystal Polymer Membrane for Simultaneous Removal of Salts and Organics”
- Mark Summe, University of Notre Dame, received the award for his studies on: “Charge Mosaic Membranes from Ink-Jet Printing for Improved Water Reuse and Treatment”
RECOGNITION OF SERVICE AWARDs: These awards are presented to acknowledge Outgoing Board Members who have made significant contributions to furthering the mission of AMTA. The recipients were:
- Wayne Bates, Hydranautics – A Nitto Group Company, received the award in recognition of his service as an AMTA Director from 2015 until 2017.
- Russ Swerdfeger, Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC, received the award in recognition of his service as an AMTA Director from 2015 until 2017.
- John Tonner, Consolidated Water Company, received the award in recognition of his service as an AMTA Director from 2015 until 2017.
- John Tracy, Oasys Water, Inc., received the award in recognition of his service as an AMTA Director from 2015 until 2017.
AMTA PRESIDENTIAL AWARDs: These awards are presented at the discretion of the President of AMTA to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to furthering the mission of AMTA.
- Christopher Boyd, Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., received the award in recognition of Chris’s efforts in leading and organizing the Student and Young Professional (SYP) Committee; and in special recognition for the creation of the first SYP Carnival Charity event to benefit Thirst during MTC 17.
- Jay DeCarolis, Black & Veatch Corporation, received the award in recognition of Jay’s leadership and dedicated service to the American Membrane Technology Association in serving as the Editor of the Spring 2016 and Winter 2017 AMTA Newsletters, SOLUTIONS.
- Melissa Lin, WATEK Engineering Corporation, received the award in recognition of Melissa’s leadership and dedicated service by assisting the Planning Committee Chair for the MTC 17 Conference and Exposition.
- Ben Movahed, WATEK Engineering Corporation, received the award in recognition of Ben’s leadership and dedicated service as an American Membrane Technology Association Board Member and Chair of the 2017 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition.
- Lorena Trevino received the award in special recognition of Lorena’s volunteer efforts, gracious support and Interpreting during the AMTA Monterrey, Mexico Workshop.
AMTA/AWWA 2017 MEMBRANE FACILITY AWARD:
- The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, California was presented with this year’s Membrane Facility of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding water/wastewater facility that uses any membrane technology with high efficiency in an environmentally friendly approach. The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant. The award is inscribed: “in recognition of this outstanding desalination facility which utilizes membrane technology in an efficient and environmentally beneficial manner. In appreciation of their dedication to the education of their operating staff and the public regarding the benefits of this innovative technology.”
AMTA/AWWA 2017 “ROBERT O. VERNON “OPERATOR OF THE YEAR”
- Richard “Todd” Ellison of the Palm Beach County Water Utilities, Florida was presented with this year’s Robert O. Vernon Operator of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a plant operator working at a membrane filtration, desalination or water reuse facility that resulted in significant, long-term improvement in water production and/or water reuse. The award is inscribed: “in recognition of his commitment to ensure that Palm Beach County Water Utilities customers receive safe and cost efficient drinking water with a willingness to do what it takes to overcome any obstacle in assuring this goal was met.”
AMTA/AWWA 2017 WATER QUALITY PERSON OF THE YEAR
- Christine Owen of Tampa Bay Water in Tampa, FL was presented with this year’s Water Quality Person of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual in government, academia, research or other to water supply improvement. The award is inscribed: “in recognition of dedicating her life to water quality.”
AWWA/AMTA MTC17 BEST MEMBRANE TREATMENT OF WATER EXHIBIT AWARD
- Wigen Water Technologies was presented with this year’s Membrane Exhibit of the Year Award. The award recognizes and honors the organization that highlights the importance of membrane technology with an exhibit booth at MTC.
The following Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the MTC17 Conference and AMTA will send an additional announcement with the winners will be sent following the Conference.
AMTA/AWWA MTC17 BEST PAPER AWARD
AMTA/AWWA MTC17 BEST POSTER AWARD
AMTA/AWWA MTC17 STUDENT BEST PAPER AWARDS
AMTA/AWWA MTC17 STUDENT BEST POSTER AWARD
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