|To:||Membrane Industry & Media Publications|
|From:||Harold Fravel, AMTA Executive Director|
|Contact:||email@example.com / 772-463-0844|
|Date:||March 14, 2018|
The 2018 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition were held in West Palm Beach, FL; the Awards Luncheon and AMTA Membership Meeting took place on March 14, 2018. During the Luncheon Awards Ceremony and AMTA Members Meeting, the following awards were presented:
AMTA 2018 LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD: This award recognizes lifetime contribution by an individual to the field of membrane technology.
- Ian Watson, RosTek Associates, Inc., received the award in recognition of Ian Watson’s total dedication to AMTA service as a Board Member, Executive Director and Director Emeritus. AMTA is truly a reflection of Ian’s leadership. He has given many presentations, shared his expertise and served as the interviewer for all of the AMTA Chats with Pioneers video series.
AMTA 2018 HALL OF FAME AWARDS: Recognizes pioneering and/or lifetime contribution by an individual to the field of membrane technology.
- James Birkett received the award in recognition of Dr. Birkett’s more than four decades of participation in the desalination, advanced water treatment and membrane separation industries. In addition to his career as an industry consultant, Jim has been a long-time member of both AMTA and IDA, having served for many years on both Boards of Directors, including a term as IDA’s first president. Jim is recognized as an industry historian, and has prepared and presented many papers on plants and equipment of historical significance to the desalination industry.
- Randy Truby received the award in recognition of Randy’s contribution in the development, application and commercialization of reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration membranes. Over his more than four-decade career, Randy has been involved in many of the milestone desalination systems installed around the world. Randy is a founding NWSIA Member and past Vice President and Director Emeritus of AMTA and a former President and Comptroller of the IDA. In addition, Randy has served as Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Affordable Desalination Collaboration and as a member of the Research Advisory Council for the Middle East Desalination Research Center.
- Clinton V. Kopp received the award in recognition of Clint’s contribution to the membrane technology industry. Starting at Northstar Research as an assistant to John Cadotte, Clint was involved in developing the first thin film composite RO membrane. He then worked with Baxter Medical where he developed their hollow fiber dialysis cartridge. Afterwards Clint became a founding member of Memtec Ltd. where he developed the hollow fiber membrane technology used in the first commercially successful hollow fiber module for microfiltration applications. Clint patented over 22 different membrane and filter designs while with Baxter, Memtec, US Filter, Siemens and Osmonics.
AMTA 2018 OUTSTANDING MEMBER AWARD: Recognizes outstanding contributions to membrane technology by an individual who is a member of AMTA.
- David Brown received the award in recognition of David’s support of the American Membrane Technology Association and especially for his role bringing AMTA and AWWA together which has been key in successful Joint Conferences & Expositions. He is a past president of AMTA and remains very active to this day. He mentors young professionals and has encouraged many to become AMTA and SEDA Board Members.
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.
- Steve Dye, Water Environment Federation (WEF), received the award in recognition of Steve’s outstanding assistance on planning and participation in the 2017 Congressional Briefing on Membrane Technology in Washington, D.C.
- YuJung Chang, AECOM, received the award in recognition of YuJung’s work as the Program Chair for MTC18.
- Jill Miller, City of Bozeman, received the award in recognition of Jill’s outstanding work coordinating the AMTA Technology Workshop Programs in 2017 and in planning for future workshops.
AMTA 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:
- David Brown, Town of Jupiter, received the award in recognition of his participation as a Member of the Board of Directors of AMTA from 1997 to March 2018 and for serving as the President of the Board of Directors of AMTA from 2006 to 2009.
- Scott McClelland, Encina Wastewater Authority, received the award in recognition of his service as a member of the AMTA Board of Directors from 2012 through 2018 and for serving on the Program Committee in 2012 and the Technology Transfer Committee from 2014-2015.
2016/2017 AMTA-RECLAMATION FELLOWSHIP AWARDS were given to four students. This Fellowship is funded by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and administered by AMTA. The research pertains to the advancement of membrane technologies in the water, wastewater or water reuse industries. The recipients were:
- Masoud Aghajani, University of Colorado, received the award for his studies on: “Fabrication and characterization of Patterned Thin Film Composite Membranes with well controlled Surface Patterns to Reduce Concentration Polarization, Fouling and Scaling”
- Kasia Grzebyk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the award for her studies on: “Tailoring thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes for water reuse applications”
- Carlyn Higgins, University of Central Florida, received the award for her studies on: “Modeling of Mass Transfer and Endocrine Disrupting Compound Removal in a Nanofiltration Membrane Process Modified for Acid Pretreatment Conditions”
- Christopher Morrow, University of Southern California at Los Angeles, received the award for his studies on: “Osmotic Membrane Bioreactor Coupled to Membrane Distillation for Low-Energy Potable Reuse”
2017/2018 AMTA-NWRI FELLOWSHIP AWARDS 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”
2017/2018 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:
- Alma Beciragic, University of North Carolina; received the award for her studies on: “Exploring the impact of disinfectants on the identity and concentration of RO/NF membrane leachates and whether they are able to permeate and react with subsequent disinfectants”
- Douglas Davenport, Yale University, received the award for his studies on: “Opening the Door for High Pressure Reverse Osmosis: Robust Thin-Film Composite (TFC) Membranes for Energy Efficient Desalination of Hypersaline Brines”
- Soyoon Kum, University of Texas at Austin, received the award for her studies on: “To optimize the removal of natural organic matter (NOM) by ED and RO combined system”
- Seyed Mahdi Seyed Shahabadi, University of Wyoming, received the award for his studies on: “Bioinspired multi-applicable superhydrophobic/superoleophilic membranes prepared by combined electrospinning and electrospraying techniques for oil/water separation and sea water desalination by membrane distillation”
MTC18 MEMBRANE FACILITY AWARD:
- The Scottsdale Water Campus in Scottsdale, AZ 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 award is inscribed: “in recognition of this outstanding water resource management facility that maximizes the City of Scottsdale’s recycled water production. This facility is considered one of the largest most advanced indirect potable reuse projects in the world.”
MTC18 “ROBERT O. VERNON “OPERATOR OF THE YEAR”
- Justin Brickey of City of Abilene, Texas 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 Justin’s 11+ years of experience in the water industry and specifically his commitment with the City of Abilene for the past 6 years. Justin has taken on a Lead Operator position at the plant keeping up with plant upgrades and technologies that are being implemented. His leadership skills, aptitude, attention to detail, and willingness to learn new treatment techniques has contributed to his value as a Plant Operator for the City of Abilene Hargesheimer Water Treatment Plant.”
MTC18 BEST MEMBRANE TREATMENT OF WATER EXHIBIT AWARD
- Toray Membrane USA, Inc. 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 MTC18 Conference and AMTA will send an additional announcement with the winners will be sent following the Conference.
AMTA 2018 BEST PAPER AWARD
AMTA 2018 BEST POSTER AWARD
AMTA 2018 STUDENT BEST PAPER AWARD
AMTA 2018 STUDENT BEST POSTER AWARD
2018 AWWA MEMBRANE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
2018 AWWA MEMBRANE TREATMENT BEST PAPER AWARD
Formed in 1972, the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has over 820 members and is headquartered in Stuart, FL; this nonprofit scientific and educational association vision is solving water supply & quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. AMTA’s mission is to promote, advocate and advance the understanding and application of membrane technology to create safe, affordable and reliable water supplies, and to treat municipal, industrial, agricultural and waste waters for beneficial use.
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.