Water Environment Federation Selects 2019 WEF Fellows

(UC) — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced its selection of 15 members as the 2019 class of WEF Fellows. The designation recognizes the recipients' achievements, stature, and contributions to the water profession.

“These outstanding individuals have made a profound impact on the global water environment, and we are proud to recognize and honor their efforts,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “The accomplishments of the 2019 WEF Fellows are a testament to the remarkable dedication and passion of our members.”

The WEF Fellows Recognition Program underscores WEF’s role as a valuable water quality resource, which is due in large part to the expertise of its diverse membership. WEF Fellows are recognized in various areas of expertise including, but not limited to design, education, operations, regulation, research, utility management and leadership. 

2019 WEF Fellows include:

  • Bradley Fix, Indiana Water Environment Association
  • Adel Hagekhalil, California Water Environment Association
  • Jerome Iltis, Water Environment Association of Texas 
  • Dr. Jose Jimenez, Florida Water Environment Association
  • Dr. Chih-Ming (Jimmy) Kao, Taiwan Environmental Engineering Association 
  • Dr. Eakalak Khan, Nevada Water Environment Association
  • Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association
  • Garry Macdonald, Water New Zealand
  • Dr. Johannes (JB) Neethling, California Water Environment Association
  • Daniel F. Riney, Iowa Water Environment Association and Kansas Water Environment Association
  • Dr. Leonard Ripley, Water Environment Association of Texas 
  • Kenneth Schnaars, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee
  • Dr. Robert Sharp, New York Water Environment Association
  • Patrick Stevens, Indiana Water Environment Association 
  • Dr. Berrin Tansel, Florida Water Environment Association

Additionally, Joe Stowe Jr. was selected as an honorary WEF Fellow for his eminence and contributions to the water profession as a leader in utility management and leadership. A WEF Life Member, Stowe has spent more than 50 years working in the water sector and led Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Utilities (now Charlotte Water) for 12 years.

"Now retired, Stowe’s legacy of leadership and empowerment of people exemplifies the kind of achievements and values that the WEF Fellows program is designed to recognize" the organization said.

To qualify for WEF Fellow designation, candidates must have been a member of WEF for a minimum of 5 consecutive years, demonstrate at least 15 years of professional experience (10 of which must focus on a practice area served by WEF), and illustrate their contributions to the water environment profession with work examples and letters of support.

Stowe and the 2019 WEF Fellows will be recognized during WEF’s 92nd annual technical exhibition and conference, September 21-25 in Chicago. 

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