MOVERS & SHAKERS

Awards

American Water announces James LaFrankie Scholarship Awards

American Water announced the recipients of the 26th annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The awards were distributed nationwide to nine college-bound children of full-time American Water employees who demonstrate an interest in water-related industry occupational fields. A third-party organization selected the nine high school seniors based on outstanding high school records, academic honors, participation in extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded for one year, and may be renewed for up to three years based on the student’s academic progress. The American Water Board of Directors established the scholarship program in 1991 in honor of former American Water president, James LaFrankie.

The scholarship award recipients are as follows:

  • Veronica Alday of Voorhees, New Jersey, daughter of Dante Alday, senior construction engineer in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
  • Catherine McGarry of Long Valley, New Jersey, daughter of James McGarry, operations representative in Long Valley, New Jersey.
  • Hayley Newman of Sellersburg, Indiana, daughter of Aaron Newman., operations superintendent in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
  • Jeri Oranski of Louis, Missouri., daughter of George Oranski, senior design engineer in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Alexandra Pellock of Lumberton, New Jersey, daughter of James Pellock, corporate development director in Voorhees, New Jersey, and Lisa Pellock, financial analyst in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
  • Allison Scalese of Egg Harbor Twp, New Jersey, daughter of Beth Scalese, lead compensation analyst in Voorhees, New Jersey.
  • Joshua Seals of Carmel, Indiana, son of Michael Seals, engineering manager in Greenwood, Indiana.
  • Emily Tierno of Marlton, New Jersey, daughter of Carmen Tierno, president of New York American Water.
  • Alec Watts of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, son of Richard Watts, senior software engineer in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Novel biomaterial wins science award

CustoMem’s CustoMem Granular Media (CGM), a granular adsorbent capable of the specific binding and removing of target micro-pollutants, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, high performance chemicals and heavy metals from wastewater has received the prestigious Venture Prize by the Armourers and Brasiers Company. The prize (equivalent to about $32,000) will enable CustoMem to better characterize and test the technical performance of CGM for removing PFCs from waste water in industrially relevant conditions. CustoMem is based at Imperial College’s Incubator and supported by SynbiCITE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Innovate U.K., and Climate–KIC.

NEWS

Veolia hosts seminar on water resource management

Veolia Water Technologies hosted an educational seminar for the food and beverage manufacturing community designed to increase awareness related to water resource management and environmental compliance. Veolia’s educational workshops are part of the company’s commitment to help industries rethink their relationship with water and reduce the overall environmental impact. Veolia holds similar educational events in the U.S. and Canada for professionals from the oil and gas, mining and power markets. Visit www.veoliawatertech.com for a listing of upcoming Veolia events.

OptiFlox System conducts first deployment

SciDev Ltc. deployed its OptiFlox System at the Lion Dairy & Drinks production facility, broadening its industry footprint beyond coal to the dairy industry. Lion Dairy & Drinks is a longstanding customer of SciDev. The commercial arrangement provides monthly payment receipts for the provision of an OptiFlox System together with concurrent chemical sales. Another OptiFlox System is expected to be deployed during the third quarter of 2017 at a dairy manufacturing facility in Victoria.

Appointments

H2O Innovation appoints of new committee advisors

H2O Innovation Inc. appointed two new advisors to its Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Committee; Elisa M. Speranza and Leonard F. Graziano.  The O&M Committee also includes board member Mrs. Lisa Henthorne. The committee assists the board of directors and management of H2O Innovation in organic and external growth initiatives of the O&M business pillar. Elisa M. Speranza is recognized as a water treatment industry leader with a passion for promoting sustainable environmental, economic and social progress. She was employed with CH2M Hill Inc. for 15 years. Graziano held the position of president and CEO of Severn Trent Services Inc. from 2002 to 2011. He was also a board member of Severn Trent Services, Inc. as well as a board member of the National Association of Water Companies.

Source: H2O Innovation https://goo.gl/txUK6K