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May, 2010 Article courtesy of the Water Environment Federation
Life Members and YPs: Dedicated to the Profession
Being a part of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria Va.) is
important to many members on both a professional and personal level. The
relationship between WEF and its members is mutually beneficial; services and
benefits available to members often inspire a sense of dedication and desire to
be regularly involved in the federation, which in turn enables WEF to be a
Educating students in the field is one of Smith's proudest accomplishments, and encouraging them to attend at least one WEF annual conference is a large part of their education, Smith explained. He hopes that the experience will expand their horizons as it did for him. "I think it's really important for the students to put a human face on this [wastewater engineering] work that they're working on," he said. "It's all made a tremendous impact on their vision of the field and understanding, in a real hands-on way, the scope of wastewater engineering."
"For me, the journal and the literature review in particular are extremely valuable in learning about new things that are happening," Smith said. He uses WEF's annual literature review as a teaching tool, asking graduate students to use what has been identified in the review as a base to start their research, he said. Also, he compiles all issues of Water Environment Research and makes them available for student research and will have students critique journal papers as an assignment.
Through the years, Smith has participated in WEF's Public Relations Committee, Program Committee, and Literature Review Committee; participated in specialty workshops for his local association; attended various WEF specialty conferences; and presented papers at WEF annual conferences.
Falconer believes in the SYPC and loves that being involved keeps her motivated. "It's a way to keep things fresh," she said. "It's a way to know I really am giving back." She also has attended one YP Summit and WEFMAX meeting, and two regional WEF Member Association conferences, she said. For the future she wants to expand her involvement in WEF by looking for more technical ways to participate. She expects to continue as an active WEF member for the foreseeable future. "I don't see myself not being involved," she said.
March 29, 2010
International Joint Commission appoints a Director to the Great Lakes Regional OfficeThe International Joint Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Saad Jasim as Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office.
Dr. Jasim was the First CEO of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and played a major role in establishing the Centre to make it a leader in the drinking water industry for training, education and research.
Prior to his work with the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Dr. Jasim served as Director, Water Quality and Production for the Windsor Utilities Commission. He proposed, and successfully implemented ozone for drinking water treatment in Windsor, Ontario, making Windsor the first municipality to have water treated with ozone to all residents, and to the residents of two other municipalities.
Dr. Jasim has received awards for his work, including; the 2008 Emerald Award-Ontario Ministry of the Environment, 2004 Engineer of the Year Award-Professional Engineers of Ontario, the 2001 Meritorious Service Award from the American Water Works Association-Ontario Section, and the 1998 Business Professional of the Year, Windsor and District Chamber of Commerce. He has presented and published more than 60 papers on water quality and water treatment processes.
Dr. Jasim is an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor and a member of the Council of the Great Lakes Research Managers, the International Joint Commission. He is also the Vice President of the Ontario Water Works Association; Chair of the International Ozone Association - Pan American Group; Director of the Board for the International Ozone Association, and member of NSF Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment Units-NSF International. Dr. Jasim is also a member on the AWWA Organic Contaminants Research Committee and the AWWA Plant Operations Research Committee. Dr. Jasim also is a member of the Board of Editors of Desalination, the international journal on the science and technology of desalting and water purification. Dr. Jasim received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Baghdad University, Iraq.
Congratulations to Dr. Jasim from the Pan American Group!