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ASCE honored for anti-corruption program
RESTON, VA. – The American Society of Association Executives awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) "The Power of A Summit Award," the highest industry award honoring associations that engage in activities and initiatives that are essential to a stronger America and the World. The award was one of only six Summit awards presented in 2012 out of 100 total entries.

ASCE's program, ETHICANA: Anti-Corruption Education & Training Global Project, was celebrated for its extraordinary contributions to society. ETHICANA was conceived, developed, and implemented to reduce the pernicious impact of corruption in the AEC industry around the world. Designed specifically for project compliance officers, engineering educators, and corporate training officers, ETHICANA has had a direct global impact by creating a community of firms and groups that refuse to engage in corrupt practices. ETHICANA is the cornerstone of anti-corruption programs of the World Economic Forum, The World Bank, The World Federation of Engineering Organizations, and the Pan American Federation of Engineers and has reached more than 3.5 million members of the global engineering community.

APWA names 2012-2013 president KANSAS CITY, MO. – The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced its 2012-2013 president is Elizabeth Treadway, PWLF, principal scientist - Water Resources with AMEC's Environment & Infrastructure business, in Johnson City, Tenn. Treadway has been with AMEC for 13 years. Prior to joining AMEC, she worked for the City of Greensboro, N.C., for 16 years in public works. For the coming year, APWA's key issues include building livable communities for the future, professional development and education services for all members, advocating for infrastructure investment, sustainability, international relations, emergency management, and leadership.

NCSC becomes program of Smart Growth America
As announced in May, the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC) has become an official program of Smart Growth America. The NCSC's website is now at

Dinkins accepts NCEES presidency
Gene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S., accepted the position of NCEES president for 2012-2013. Dinkins has been a member of the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors since 2004. He is a former board chair as well as a past NCEES treasurer and Southern Zone vice president. Dinkins is the president of Cox and Dinkins Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm.

ISA announces 2012 symposium award winners
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced the award winners for Best Paper, Best Presentation, and Best Poster from its recently held 2012 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium. The symposium program featured more than 30 speakers who addressed the varied challenges of automation, instrumentation, and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.

First Place for Best Paper was awarded to Creig Wilson and Jared Thorpe of CH2M HILL for their paper, "High Fidelity Extended Period Dynamic Simulation in Development and Testing of Control Systems for Water Treatment and Distribution Facilities." The paper highlighted the many benefits of using advanced process simulation as a design, testing, and verification tool for municipal water plants.

Don Dickinson of Phoenix Contact won Second Place for his paper, "Securing Critical Control Systems in the Water Sector – Where do I Begin?," which pinpointed new trends in cybersecurity. Third Place was awarded to Michael Waddell of CDM Smith and Isabel Szendrey of the Puerto Rico Water Authority for their paper, "Development of an Integrated Business Solution with Telemetry and GIS," which highlighted a recently deployed island-wide SCADA project in Puerto Rico. David Wilcoxson of MWH Americans and Travis Crane from the Jacksonville Energy Authority received Honorable Mention for their paper, "Optimization of Wastewater Lift Station for Reduction of Energy Usage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions."

The Best Presentation award was presented to Bob Dusza, Jr. of the Manchester (Connecticut) Water and Sewer Department for his talk, "Using Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) for a Wastewater Treatment Plant." Dusza's address examined the end-user experience of the recently released CSET in a plant environment.

Three other presentations also were recognized: "Mobile Devices for SCADA Integration and Beyond: Considerations, Security and Applications," by Pavol Segedy of Brown & Caldwell and Brandon Erndt, earned Second Place; "So You Have SCADA, What's Next?" by Grant Van Hemert of Schneider Electric, won Third Place; and "Asset Tracking and Revision Control for Automated Water/Wastewater Control Systems," by Blair Sooley of Trihedral Engineering, received Honorable Mention.

Water reuse and desalination abstracts sought
The WateReuse Research Foundation is accepting abstracts for technical presentations at the 17th Annual Water Reuse & Desalination Research Conference, May 6-7, 2013, in Phoenix. The conference showcases the latest results from "cutting edge" research related to water reuse and desalination. Submit an abstract online at

PPI names 'Member of the Year'
The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) named Tori Durliat, director of marketing for Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., as the "Member of the Year for 2011." Durliat was selected by her peers in the Corrugated Plastics Pipe Division (CPPA). Her achievements, years of participation, and leadership of the group were cited as benchmarks of her character and devotion to the industry.

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