Celebrating 90 Years of WEFTEC

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Thousands of water industry professionals and exhibitors will return to the home of deep dish pizza, the Cubs and da Bears for five days of education, training and networking Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 for WEFTEC 2017. The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 90th annual show will call Chicago’s McCormick Place home.
WEFTEC 2015, held in Chicago, attracted more than 25,000 attendees and 1,033 companies. Organizers are expecting the same for 2017.

WEFTEC Show Floor As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, WEFTEC’s 2017 technical program and exhibition will include more than 130 technical sessions, 26 workshops, local facility tours, numerous events, and exhibitors who will showcase the latest developments, research, solutions and cutting-edge technologies. A wide range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to design their own, learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

To stay abreast of all the activities taking place during WEFTEC 2017, use the WEF app available at weftec.org/weftecmobile/.

A wide range of topics and focus areas allow registrants to design their own, unique learning experience while earning up to 16.5 professional development hours (PDHs) for continuing education units and eight general contact hours per day visiting the exhibition.

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WEFTEC’s exhibition will complement the technical program by providing access to more than 900 exhibiting companies and their technical experts who will show the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies in the field. See some of the exhibitors related to trenchless on the following pages.

Also featured on the exhibition floor will be increased opportunities to interact directly with the experts, mobile sessions and special exhibitor demonstrations; the popular Innovation Showcase and Pavilion; and the Stormwater Pavilion.

Providing the best of both worlds for stormwater professionals will be the annual Stormwater Congress. Once again co-located with WEFTEC, Stormwater Congress features 15 specifically-tailored, stormwater technical sessions and workshops on: regulations and policies, flood impacts and mitigation, benefits of green infrastructure, stormwater and transportation systems, operations and maintenance, research in stormwater, stormwater financing, stormwater funding strategies and more.

WEF Fellows

During WEFTEC 2017, WEF will formally recognize its 2017 WEF Fellows recipients. This designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature, and contributions to the industry.

2017 WEF Fellow Recipients:

  • Eleanor Allen: Water for People – Denver
  • Rajendra Bhattarai: Austin Water Utility – Austin, Texas
  • James Clark: Black & Veatch – Los Angeles
  • Paul Dombrowski: Woodard & Curran – Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Al Goodman: CDM Smith – Pekin, Indiana
  • April Gu: Northeastern University – Boston
  • Ed McCormick: McCormick Strategic Water Management – Oakland, California
  • Sandra Ralston: Consensus LLC – Isle of Palms, South Carolina
  • Thomas Sigmund: Green Bay Metro Sewerage District – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • James E. Smith, Jr.: Retired Emeritus Chair – Cincinnati
  • Daniel Zitomer: Marquette University – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The WEF Fellows Recognition Program underscores WEF’s role as a valuable water quality resource, which is due in large part to the expertise of its diverse membership. WEF Fellows are recognized in various areas of expertise including, but not limited to design, education, operations, regulation, research, utility management and leadership.

Mike Kezdi is associate editor of Trenchless Technology.

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Mike Kezdi

Mike Kezdi is an associate editor with Benjamin Media Inc. where he covers everything from compact equipment happenings, to the latest in trenchless technologies and oil and gas pipeline projects. Mike joined BMI in 2013 after seven years in the newspaper world at the top weekly newspaper chain in Northeast Ohio. Contact Mike at mkezdi@benjaminmedia.com

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