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Russell makes move to PWT
Professional Water Technologies, of Escondido, Calif., appointed David Russell as its sales director. He has specialized in membrane separation processes since 1982 including the construction, installation, commissioning and field service of reverse osmosis (RO) systems and related processes. He was most recently the assistant vice president of global corporate accounts for GE Betz. Russell began his membrane chemical applications career in 1991 with Argo Scientific and continued through the acquisitions by BetzDearborn in 1997, Hercules in 1998 and General Electric in 2002. Professional Water Technologies develops, synthesizes and sells a line of RO pretreatment and maintenance chemicals.

Student will represent U.S.
Heather Mispagel, of Athens, Ga., was named the U.S. winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. She will compete in the only international competition to recognize students for excellence in water science research. The high school senior from Oconee County High School studied “Antibiotic Resistance from Sewage Oxidation Ponds.”  Mispagel traced antibiotics and genes coding for their resistance through treatment stages in sewage oxidation ponds. Her research was selected from among 37 winners of state competitions. Mispagel was awarded $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm where she will compete in August against winners of 29 national competitions for the international honors. This year, six new countries will enter the competition—China, Vietnam, Kenya, Cameroon, Russia and India. Four U.S. finalists were also awarded $500 each. They include Vijay Yanamadala, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; Kiana Frank, Kailua, Hawaii; Alexandra Antonioli, Butte, Mont., and Sean Raj, Sugar Land, Texas.  

Taylor promotes Bacon
Sparks, Md.-based Taylor Technologies announced the promotion of Steven Bacon to vice president of research and development. The company’s R&D efforts target the many public and private sector operations that involve routine analysis of water quality. These include pool and spa water maintenance, boiler and cooler system operation, potable water and wastewater treatment, industrial operational control, and food and beverage production. Bacon’s latest project is coordinating the chemical methods that complement the company’s colorimeter for industrial water treatment professionals.

Hymore appoints sales VP
Hymore Inc., of Evergreen, Colo., has added Todd Kirkpatrick to its management team. He’ll serve as vice president of sales for Hymore North America. Kirkpatrick will be based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hymore Inc. is a supplier of commercial grade, water distribution devices to the bottled water industry.

Betson names Rosen to post
Betson Enterprises, of Carlstadt, N.J., welcomed Cliff Rosen to its national vending sales team as water products specialist. Rosen has spent the last four years promoting and selling point-of-use (POU) water filtration systems and coolers with Pure1. He will assist the sales force in every company branch location by educating them on how to penetrate the fast-growing market. Betson handles some of the top brands of water filters—CUNO, Everpure, HydroLife, OmniPure and Pure1—as well as POU water filtration systems and water coolers by Cordley/Sunroc, Semper-Pure and Thermo Concepts, but are looking to grow this segment of the market as demand grows.

CH2M Hill beefs up staff
Denver-based CH2M Hill hired three senior-level professionals with expertise in water security, utility management, infrastructure asset management and water distribution systems. They are Yakir Hasit, Ph.D., P.E.; Alan Ispass, P.E., DEE, and David Tippin, P.E. Hasit becomes principal project manager and will focus on water distribution system infrastructure. He holds doctorate and master’s degrees in civil/environmental engineering from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Robert College. Meanwhile, Ispass will be principal utility management consultant, focusing on optimizing utility management practices, asset management and water security issues. He received a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cooper Union. Finally, Tippin joins the company as senior client service manager. Tippin earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Weir Group picks Grinham
Bryan Grinham was appointed sales and marketing director of the Techna Division of the Weir Group, of the United Kingdom. He will be responsible for the desalination and water treatment areas of the business. Weir Techna employs around 800 people with operations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, South Africa and the United States. The division is involved in design and project management of large-scale capital projects primarily in the desalination, water treatment, defense, nuclear and liquid gas-handling sectors.

Water prize goes to UC Davis
University of California, Davis engineering professor emeritus George Tchobanoglous, an international authority on wastewater treatment, management and reuse, is the 2003 winner of the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. The Clarke Prize is given annually by the National Water Research Institute to recognize outstanding research scientists who have implemented better water science research and technology. The prize includes a gold medallion and $50,000. Tchobanoglous is widely recognized for advancing the use of new technologies in four key areas—the construction of wetlands for wastewater treatment; the application of alternative filtration technologies; ultraviolet (UV) disinfection for wastewater reuse applications, and decentralized wastewater management. The 2003 Clarke Prize was presented to Tchobanoglous on July 17 in Orange County, Calif.  

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