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- Las Condes, Santiago (Metro) - Chile
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Nationality : USA
Birth date : 1953-05-18
Field of expertise : Water Supply / Water Treatment / Water Recycling


A senior water treatment expert with a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Has 12 years of operations, 7 years of research, and 19 years of consulting experience. Expertise in process selection, conceptual design, and commissioning for water treatment plants.

Work Experience

Water Resources Technologist - Hatch (Santiago - Chile)
Worked with desalination plant projects, industrial reuse/recycle projects, and acid mine drainage in Chile.
Water Process Technologist - Black & Veatch (Phoenix, AZ - USA)
Many water treatment plant conceptual designs including plants in Gilbert, Chandler and Glendale, AZ. Commissioning and startup of 80 MGD (303 MLD) Lake Pleasant WTP and Bundamba AWTP in Queensland, Australia. Acted as water plant superintendent for Castaic Lake Water Agency during plant startup.
Water Process Technologist - CH2M HILL (Tempe, AZ - USA)
Water treatment plant studies, most notably pilot plant study for Scottsdale, AZ, groundwater for softening prior to air stripping of TCE. Also performed studies for USACE for optimization of military water treatment systems in the US.
Water Process Technologist - Malcolm Pirnie (Columbus, OH - USA)
Treatment plant studies, most notably pilot plant study for Minneapolis Water Works that led to the construction of the largest ultrafiltration membrane plant in the US, 67 MGD (254 MLD) in Columbia Heights, MN.
Water Applications Group Leader - Carus Chemical Co. (Ottawa, IL - USA)
Application of alternative (to chlorine) oxidants and disinfectants in treatment of water in municipal and industrial systems. Developed now standard approach to determining oxidant demand; developed strategy for zebra mussel control and arsenic control. Many studies on the mitigation of DBPs.
Research Assistant - University of Illinois (Urbana, IL - USA)
Doctoral research leading to thesis entitled, "Thermal Regeneration of Granular Activated Carbon." Fifth recipient of AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship (1989) and Samuel Arnold Greeley Award for research related paper (1995).
Water Quality Superintendent - NJ American Water Co. (Shrewsbury, NJ - USA)
In charge of compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act for 36 MGD (136 MLD) and 10 MGD (38 MLD) water treatment plants including supervision of laboratory and optimization of treatment process.
Operations/Chemist - City of Philadelphia Water Department (Philadelphia - USA)
Operator/chemical technician for operations optimization of 72 MGD (273 MLD) water treatment plant. Subsequently, analytical chemist in water quality lab.


Doctorate - University of Illinois (Urbana, IL - USA)
Engineering > Environmental
Studied under Vernon L. Snoeyink. Thesis entitled, "Thermal Regeneration of Granular Activated Carbon." Fifth recipient of AWWA's Abel Wolman Fellowship in 1989 and earned the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award from ASCE in 1995 for publication for thesis research.
Master - Villanova University (Villanova, PA - USA)
Engineering > Environmental
Studied Water Resources Engineering. Final GPA 4.0.
Bachelors - Pennsylvania State Univ. (State College, PA - USA)
Physical Sciences > Chemistry
Premedicine major in department of chemistry. Final GPA 3.19.


English - Native
Spanish - Intermediate


1994-01-01 Effects of Oxidant on Thermal Regeneration of GAC - Waer, M.A. and V.L. Snoeyink
This paper won the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award in 1995 from ASCE. Additionally, more than 40 presentations/publications at state, national and international professional conferences and in peer reviewed journals and trade publications.

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