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WQA’s Burbidge honored
WQA Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager Kathleen Burbidge has been named to the prestigious 2020 Forty Under 40 list by the Chicago, IL-area Association Forum. The list annually recognizes top association or non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, leadership skills and commitments to the industry. Burbidge marks her sixth anniversary with WQA in January; her role is in advocating for public policy that promotes safer and healthier water. She also serves as the staff liaison to WQA’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council, overseeing development of WIN’s successful mentoring program and heading efforts to expand WQA programming in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Burbidge earned a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and global studies/international relations cum laude from North Central College (IL), where she minored in environmental studies.

Gruber appointed Haws President
Haws Corporation has named Chuck Gruber as President of the Board. He is the first Haws Corporation President from outside of the founding family. A chemical engineering graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Gruber received his MBA from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). A long-established leader in the safety corridor, he began his career at Rohm and Haas Corporation, followed by executive posts at Elemica, GAF, Cannon Equipment and Safe Reflections. In all his roles, his attention to safety resulted in significant, sometimes double-digit improvements in on-site safety metrics within weeks of his arrival.

Viola named IAPMO COO/VP
The IAPMO Board of Directors announced that IAPMO Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed as CEO effective January 1, 2021, taking over for GP Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. IAPMO will continue to benefit from Chaney’s leadership skills and experience as an executive adviser to the CEO. Viola has more than 25 years of senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and has served as IAPMO’s COO for the past seven years, with strategic and operational responsibility for the comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Viola served as technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) for nine years. Before PMI, he worked for BOCA International and the International Code Council as a staff engineer, managing the development of their plumbing code and associated training and support publications. Viola holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University. In 2005, he received the American Society of Sanitary Engineers Fellow Award.

AMTA honors announced
AMTA announced that Joseph M. Barnes of the University of Wyoming was the 2020 recipient of the Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement. He is an environmental engineering graduate student studying Nanofibrous Membranes for the Selective Recovery of Nonaqueous Phases from Industrial Brines. Barnes has a BS Degree in chemical engineering from Benedictine College (Kansas), where he graduated summa cum laude. AMTA and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) named seven 2020 recipients of the AMTA/NWRI Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology Research Institute, out of a group of 60 applications that were received. Yousuf Bootwala, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stephanie Ribet, Northwestern University and Mackenzie Anderson, UCLA, will each receive $10,000 (USD). Yanghua Duan, UC Berkeley; Wei-Cheng Hung, UCLA; Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida and Hannah Greenwald, UC Berkeley, each will receive $5,000.

English named KROHNE sales VP
KROHNE has hired Chris English as the company’s new Vice President of Sales for the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He brings extensive experience in the process control instrumentation market to his new role. English has worked for several of the top companies in the process control instrumentation market over his 27 years in the industry and has experience with process control and automation in nearly all sectors of the market. He will be responsible for both sales and marketing for the NAFTA region, including managing the company’s regional sales force. In a prior role as VP of Sales, English was responsible for leading Direct Sales, Representatives, Sales Managers and Area VPs. A graduate of Clarkson University (New York), he studied interdisciplinary engineering and management to earn a degree in industrial distribution.

ACS’ Kean honored with Grady-Stack Award
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Sam Kean as the 2021 recipient of the Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. The award, named for ACS News Service managers James T. Grady and James H. Stack, was established in 1955 to recognize individuals who have increased public knowledge and understanding of the chemical sciences. Kean is a freelance writer and author of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, which compiles little-known stories about each element of the Periodic Table. He has also authored four other books about science and written about scientific subjects for Science magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and other major outlets.

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