January 2013 » Departments

Nitsch elected president-elect of CREW Network
BOSTON – Judith Nitsch, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, the founding principal of Nitsch Engineering, was elected president-elect of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network. CREW Network is an advocate for the advancement of women in commercial real estate. Nitsch is a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. She has taught business development courses for the Society for Marketing Professional Services nationally for several years. In addition, she teaches educational sessions about sustainable site development and stormwater master planning.

DIPRA announces SMaRT certification
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) announced that ductile iron pipe earned the SMaRT Sustainable Product Certification, an independent rating system for the sustainability of a product throughout its life cycle. Ductile iron pipe is only the second product in the buried infrastructure industry to earn this certification, DIPRA said. The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability categorized ductile iron pipe with its Gold rating based on the pipe's rankings in Safe for Public Health and Environment; Renewable Energy and Energy Reduction; Bio-based or Recycled Materials; Facility or Company Requirements; Reclamation, Sustainable Reuse and End of Life Management; and Innovation in Manufacturing.

Daigger outlines second term as IWA president
DENVER – Glen Daigger, CH2M HILL senior vice president and chief water technology officer, began his second term as president of the International Water Association (IWA). Daigger, recognized worldwide as an expert in wastewater treatment technologies, has served as IWA's president since September 2010. During his second term as president, Daigger said he will focus on communicating the challenges the water profession is facing, the solutions available, and the changes needed to implement these solutions; recognizing the high-performing water solutions being implemented around the globe; raising the bar for institutions and individuals supported by revised educational systems to achieve higher levels of performance; extending partnerships; and technological and managerial excellence.

Zia receives 2012 PCI Medal of Honor
CHICAGO – Paul Zia, Ph.D., P.E., was presented with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI) Medal of Honor – PCI's highest award which recognizes outstanding service to the institute or long-standing contributions to the industry. Zia assisted in the formation of the Prestressed Concrete Institute in 1954 and the development of the PCI Journal in 1956. He is a Fellow of PCI and has previously been honored with PCI's Distinguished Educator Award and the Martin P. Korn Award. Zia joined the civil engineering faculty at North Carolina State University in 1961 where he developed and continually taught graduate courses for more the 35 years.

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