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Kristin Waller wins NYWEA award for research on wastewater treatment

Mark Greene, Kristin Waller, and Rob Ganley (L-R) recognized during NYWEA's 90th annual meeting

OBG’s Kristin Waller, PE, an engineer managing wastewater treatment design projects, recently received the 2017 Linn H. Enslow Memorial Award for her presentation of Fixed Film: the Details of IFAS/MBBR Design and Construction. The award recognizes a person outside of NYWEA’s membership for an outstanding technical presentation at the association’s annual meeting or published in a professionally recognized technical journal. The award was presented during NYWEA’s 90th annual meeting, held February 5-7, 2018 in New York City. 

In Fixed Film: the Details of IFAS/MBBR Design and Construction, which was delivered at NYWEA’s 89th annual meeting, Kristin reviewed the typical details and recommendations for the design and construction of Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) and Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) systems, which both utilize the addition of small plastic media pieces to wastewater bioreactors to provide a protected surface for biomass to grow. The presentation included an overview and comparison of three different IFAS/MBBR projects (ADFs: 3 MGD, 4 MGD, 17 MGD), each with their own distinct objectives and challenges.  

Kristin’s active involvement in the industry also extends across many other organizations. She currently serves as Chair of the Modeling Experts Group of the Americas (aka MEGA) YP Group, as well as on Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science Civil and Environmental Advisory Board. In addition, she is a member of OBG’s Innovation Technical Committee and a founding member of WOMA (Women of OBG’s Mid-Atlantic Networking and Mentorship Program).

Kristin frequently presents in the field of wastewater treatment and discussed her research at the 2016 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference. She also recently presented at WaterJAM 2017 and the 2017 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference.

During NYWEA’s 90th annual meeting, OBG’s Mark Greene, PhD, a wastewater treatment expert in biological processes, was also inducted into the NYWEA Hall of Fame. Mark, along with Rob Ganley, PE, a vice president in OBG’s water business and expert in water and wastewater treatment, also were recognized for long-time service to the association. 

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