WQA honors 10 standouts
The Water Quality Association recently released a photo showing this year’s recipients of awards of recognition. They were announced at the group’s annual awards banquet in March. The WQA’s awards committee reviews nominees and selects the winners. This year’s award recipients are Jack Lorenzen, of Quality Water Services Inc.; W. Gordon Miller, of Cleanwater Corp. of America; Orville Schaefer, of Schaefer Water Centers; Tony Pagliaro, of Nimbus Water Systems; Peter Cartwright, of Cartwright Consulting Co.; Carol Russell, of Eastern Water Quality Association; F. Stuart Mitchell, of Punta Gordon; Scott Brane, of Flowmatic Systems Inc.; and Bruce Stump, of USFilter-Plymouth Products. The late John Scott, of The Marmon Water Group, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Goguen will compete for U.S.
Brenda Goguen, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., is this year’s U.S. winner for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious water science prize for youth. Goguen, whose research challenges the theory that Pfiesteria picicida caused the crippling fish kills in the late 1990s in the Chesapeake Bay region, will go on to compete with finalists from 22 countries during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The grand prize will be presented by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. Last year, Ashley Mulroy of the United States won the grand prize.

Moves made at Nalco
ONDEO Nalco announced the promotion of several executives within the company. William Roe has been named executive vice president and COO replacing Steven Newlin, who elected early retirement with the company’s recent acquisition by Suez Lyonnaisse des Eaux. Peter Smith has been named group vice president of the Pacific Division. James Ondyak has been promoted to group vice president of the process division. Monte Krier, formerly general manager of Nalco Diversified Technologies, has been promoted to vice president of corporate marketing.

Osmonics picks new VP
Richard Elliott joins Osmonics Household Water Group as vice president and general manager. Having previously served as president of four manufacturing companies, including EcoWater Systems Inc., Elliott brings knowledge of the water treatment industry and general management experience. He will report to Ed Fierko, Osmonics president and COO. Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.   

Students feted by NGWA
The NGWA’s Educational Foundation presented special groundwater project awards to high school students at the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Winners at this year’s fair in San Jose, Calif., were Tanner Brunsdale, of Bountiful, Utah, who received first place and $500. His project was “Surfactant-Enhanced Aquifer Remediation of DNAPLs.” Jessica Lenz, of Waterloo, Ill., received second place and $250. Her project was “Do Slope and Land Use Affect Seasonal High Water Tables?” Jessica Parker, of Brooksville, Fla., received $200 for third place. Her project was “Hydrology of a Hilltop Aquifer.”

Board gets ex-official
Dr. Mostafa Tolba has joined WaterChef’s board of scientific advisors. Tolba served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and executive director of the U.N. Environmental Program from 1976 to 1992. He received his doctorate degree in microbiology from Imperial College in London. WaterChef is a pure water systems manufacturer.   

CH2M adds to water group
CH2M Hill, of Denver, has announced that Elisa Speranza has joined the firm as a market segment director for its Global Water Business Group. Speranza will help to identify strategic trends in the drinking water market. In prior posts, she has served as deputy director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and as special projects manager for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. She was a vice president of the AWWA and served on the board of the New England Water Works Association, a section of AWWA. She currently serves on AWWA’s Administrative and Policy Council and on the board of Water for People.

Bulus set to head Praxair Asia
Domingos Bulus has been appointed president of Praxair Asia, effective July 1. Bulus is the former executive director of the Andean region (Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela) for the South American operations of Danbury, Conn.-based Praxair Inc. A native of Brazil, Bulus earned a mechanical engineering degree from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree in human resources from Amana Key in Sao Paulo. Praxair’s industries include aerospace, food and beverage healthcare, semiconductor materials, steel, chemicals and refining, metal fabrication, water treatment, glass and others.

Alamo engineers a few additions
San Antonio-based Alamo Water has announced the following engineering additions to its industrial division in Naperville, Ill. Dave Anderson, formerly a project manager at USFilter, has joined Alamo as engineering manager. He has more than 18 years experience in the water treatment industry. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. E. Veronica Castillo joined Alamo as an application engineer in May. She began her career with Nalco Chemical Co., and has previous experience in process engineering, chemicals purchasing, and operations planning and logistics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Alamo sells and supports product needs to independent water distributors.

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