ASCE elects new president-elect
RESTON, VA. – American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) members elected Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE, as the society's new president-elect. The first ASCE technical region director to be elected to this position, Stevens joined ASCE in 1961 as a member of the student chapter at the University of Akron. Throughout his career he has served on 38 ASCE and Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) committees. Stevens is also a member of the governing boards of Engineers Without Borders–USA and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He is retired but still works part-time as an executive vice president with ARCADIS-US in Fort Worth, Texas.
PPI appoints 2013 directors
IRVING, TEXAS – The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced its new board of directors for 2013. George Zagorski of Blue Diamond Industries, LLC was named chairman of the board, a two-year appointment. The board also includes Patrick Collings of Lane Enterprises, vice chairman; Kate Olinger of Uponor, Advisory Council chair; and Monty Fisher of Pipeline Plastics, treasurer. Moving to the board position of past chair is Gary Runyan of Zurn PEX, Inc.
SWEMA supports national testing program
ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) is currently participating in the Water Environment Federation's (WEF) Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) steering committee to investigate establishing a national program to evaluate manufactured stormwater treatment devices. The STEPP initiative was triggered in part by the ending of the only national evaluation program for these technologies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program.
"SWEMA members are serving on WEF's STEPP task force because it is imperative that there be a national testing program to validate products used for stormwater management treatment systems," stated Laurie L. Honnigford, managing director of SWEMA. "This centralized clearing house will be more efficient for engineers and public employees than having many regional or state groups struggling to maintain a patchwork of local programs that often lack technical and scientific rigor. SWEMA seeks to ensure that stormwater best management practice (BMP) testing methodologies are uniform and consistent. This way, all stakeholders who rely on these programs can be assured that products or alternative practices which have undergone these tests have been properly evaluated and performance verified."
Heading up SWEMA's efforts on the WEF STEPP task force are Ryan Janoch of Terraphase Engineering, Inc., and Chris French of Filterra Bioretention Systems.