Award presented to Srinivasa Sourirajan, Mike Stefanic, Charlie Hull, and William T. Andrews by Doug Eisberg and Ian Watson
Given in recognition of pioneering and/or lifetime contribution by an individual to water supply or water reuse improvements.
William T. Andrews
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.
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.
In recognition of Dr. Sourirajan’s groundbreaking contribution to the membrane industry. In 1960 he was the coinventor 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.
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.
William Andrews, Retired, Bermuda
Charlie Hull, Separation Engineering, California
Mike Stefanic, Retired, Toray Membranes, Inc., California
Paul L. Culler, Basic Technologies, Florida
Jaren F. Leet, Aqua Media, California
Dean Spatz, Osmonics, Inc., Wyoming
Gene Erickson, Northstar Research / FilmTec, Minnesota
Roy Larson, Northstar Research / FilmTec, Alabama
Bob Petersen, Northstar Research / FilmTec, Minnesota
Ben Mohlenhoff, Aerex Industries, Inc., Florida
Hany Said, Pacific Aqua, California
Stuart A. McClellan, S.A.McClellan, Inc., Florida
John W. Arnold, Ph.D, Desalcott, North Carolina
Professor James S. Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., University of Central Florida,Civil and Environmental Engineering Institute, Florida
David Furukawa, P.E., Separation Consultants, Inc., California
Professor Julius “Bud” Glater, Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles, Engineering Dept., California
Donald T. Bray, Nimbus Water Systems, California
Professor Sidney Loeb, Ph.D., Israel
Seymour S. Kremen, Ph.D., J.D., Presented posthumously
C. Peter Darby, California
John E. Cadotte, The Dow Chemical Co./FilmTec Corp., Florida
John E. Potts, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc., Florida
Richard G. Sudak, Separation Proccesses, Inc., California
Robert L. Riley, Separation Systems Technology, Inc., California
Ian C. Watson, RosTeK Associates, Inc., Florida
Irving Moch, Jr., I. Moch & Associates, Inc., Delaware
Ed Geishecker, Ionics, Inc., Massachusetts
Lou Beck, Department of Water Resources, California
Neil Cline, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, California
Robert Carnahan, University of South Florida, Florida
Floyd Meller, Meller Associates, Massachusetts
Gordon F. Leitner, Leitner & Associates, Wisconsin
Richard A. Smith, Water Desalination Report, Maryland
Walter L. Barnes, Desalting Consultant, North Carolina
Bea Jorgensen, 1985-93 NWSIA Executive Staff, Maryland
Jack Jorgensen, 1985-93 NWSIA Executive Director, Maryland
Langdon W. Owen, 1972 NWSIA Co-Founder, California
William E. Warne, 1972 NWSIA Co-Founder, California