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WINDPOWER 2009 highlights growth in U.S. wind energy
CHICAGO —€” More than 22,000 wind industry leaders, government officials, and business executives; more than 1,200 exhibitors; and a full range of supply chain manufacturers and service providers gathered in May at Chicago—€™s McCormick Place Convention Center for the world—€™s largest annual wind energy industry event. The American Wind Energy Association—€™s (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2009 program included more than 300 speakers and moderators, 170 poster presentations, and 50 sessions on wind energy topics organized into tracks with policy, business, and technical focuses.

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ASCE forms leaders council
RESTON, VA. —€” The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announced that James A. Rispoli, P.E, F.ASCE, Booz Allen Hamilton executive advisor and former Department of Energy assistant secretary of energy, will serve as the inaugural chair of its Industry Leaders Council (ILC). The ILC serves as a strategic advisor to ASCE in identifying emerging industry trends, and engages executive-level leaders from industry, academia, government, and non-governmental organizations to identify strategic actions for both the ASCE and the civil engineering profession. In addition, the group, whose membership is by invitation only, is responsible for identifying innovative approaches and solutions to infrastructure challenges; promoting awards that foster innovation and leadership; providing guidance on the use of the ASCE Innovation Fund; and facilitating effective interaction with related organizations.

In addition to Rispoli, the ILC—€™s membership includes representatives from AECOM; American Bridge Company; Bechtel; Booz Allen Hamilton; Caltrans; CH2M HILL; Clark County, Nev.; Dave Nash and Associates, LLC; Dawson & Associates; Disney; Fluor; FM Global; Gannett Fleming; Hatch Mott MacDonald; Institution of Civil Engineers; L-3 Communications; Malcolm Pirnie; McGraw-Hill Construction; National Building Museum; NIBS; Northrop Grumman; Pankow; Parsons; Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.; The PBSJ Corp.; Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.; Pennoni Associates, Inc.; Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Terracon; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Texas-Dallas; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and U.S. Navy.

ASFE names directors
SILVER SPRING, MD. —€” David E. Lourie, P.E., R.B.P., CEO of Lourie Consultants, is the new president of ASFE/The Best People on Earth, a not-for-profit association of earth-engineering firms. The two additional officers and five directors-at-large who comprise the balance of the ASFE board are President-Elect James W. Martin, P.E., R.B.P., AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc.; Secretary/Treasurer David R. Gaboury, P.E., Terracon; Kurt R. Fraese, L.G., GeoEngineers, Inc.; Mark K. Kramer, P.E., Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc.; David A. Schoenwolf, P.E., Haley & Aldrich, Inc.; Michael V. Smith, P.G., C.E.G., Earth Systems, Inc.; and Steven D. Thorne, P.E., Melick-Tully and Associates, P.C.

IECA partners with Wal-Mart
DENVER, COLO. —€” The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) recently finalized details to partner with Wal-Mart to create an online version of its stormwater training program. IECA expects this to be the first of many efforts creating individualized content for the public and private sectors. —€œOur approach will be to use the best of our instructors and stormwater professionals to craft training material that meets the highest industry standards,—€ said Education Director Jimmy Eanes. More information about IECA—€™s education programs is available online at

Water groups join forces
WASHINGTON, D.C. —€” Members of the Water Partnership Council (WPC) are joining forces with the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) in what is expected to bolster NAWC—€™s ability to address critical issues such as infrastructure planning and management, water infrastructure financing, water and energy efficiency, and water quality standards. Since 2001, WPC has represented companies that provide water and wastewater services to nearly 2,000 cities and communities. NAWC represents companies of varying sizes, from large, investor-owned utilities to smaller companies that serve towns and small municipal entities. With the addition of WPC members, NAWC said it will continue representing these interests with a renewed focus on public-private partnerships as solutions to water management challenges.

Bingham receives USSD award
HARRISBURG, PA. —€” The U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) recently honored William B. Bingham, P.E., with its 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor recognizes an individual whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam engineering profession. Bingham is a vice president and national practice leader for the Dams Practice at Gannett Fleming. He is responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing services for governmental water resource agencies worldwide, as well as identifying and developing new technologies. Bingham has been involved as the project principal, project manager, project engineer, or design engineer on more than 300 dam and levee projects.

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