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MWH, now part of Stantec at WEFTEC 2016

September 24-28th
New Orleans, LA

Technical Presentations

Moderated Technical Workshops

Technical Workshops

To view the full version of the presentation schedule, click below.

MWH WEFTEC 2016 schedule

Profiles of MWH/Stantec Participants in the WEFTEC 2016 Technical Presentations

Dr. David Bedoya

Dr. Bedoya is a Project Technical Lead MWH, now part of Stantec, with 12 years of combined experience mostly focused on hydraulic, hydrologic, and water quality modeling and planning. He focuses on capital improvement planning and modeling for clients looking to mitigate CSO spills, flood control, or adapt to climate change in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. Dr. Bedoya has published more than 20 peer-reviewed and conference papers and has served as adjunct faculty in the civil and environmental engineering department at Northeastern University. He is a registered professional civil engineer in Massachusetts and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional (ENVSP) by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). He holds a MS degree in agricultural engineering from University of Lleida (Spain) and a doctorate degree in civil and environmental engineering from Northeastern University.

Adrien Comeau, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Adrien Comeau is a Principal and Wet Weather Flow Team Leader within Stantec Consulting Ltd’s Water Group with 27 years of public and private sector experience in wet weather flow management for urban wastewater collection and treatment systems.  At Stantec, Adrien focuses on CSO and SSO control, flood risk remediation and capacity assurance programs.  In recent years, he led the planning, design and implementation of real time control systems in Ottawa and Hamilton as well as the design and implementation of large underground tank and tunnel storage facilities.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University) and his Master of Engineering (Environmental and Water Resources) from the University of Ottawa.

Daniel Edgerton

Dan Edgerton leads the Water Resources Group in Stantec’s Midwest Region. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and 34 years of experience in the profession. He has worked for numerous communities in the upper Midwest on infrastructure planning and management, with an emphasis on sustainable stormwater planning and design. His work has involved both new development and revitalization of existing developments. His projects have ranged from drainage studies and street and utility design for municipalities to multi-million dollar Corps of Engineers flood control projects. Dan is very knowledgeable about evolving state and federal stormwater regulations and served as the Co-Chair of the Domestic Use work team for the State of Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework.

Dr. Mohammad Badruzzaman

Dr. Badruzzaman is a Principal Engineer at MWH, now part of Stantec, with 15 years of experience in water and energy research.  He focuses on applied research that lies at the interface of several disciplines, including water/wastewater treatment, desalination, and energy management. Dr. Badruzzaman has published more than 50 peer-reviewed and conference papers. He is a registered professional civil engineer in California and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and holds a doctorate and an MS degree in civil and environmental engineering from Arizona State University.

Vincent Bowlin, PE

Vince Bowlin has spent more than 25 years working for public wastewater and stormwater utilities in the Louisville, Kentucky area.  Prior to joining Stantec eight years ago, he was the executive director for the Oldham County Sewer District, just east of Louisville.  As a Principal with Stantec, he works with utility clients on planning efforts related to compliance with consent decree efforts and emergency response. Vince majored in civil engineering at Purdue University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kentucky.

Dr. Kati Bell

Dr. Kati Bell is the Water Reuse Global Practice Leader for MWH, now part of Stantec, with over 20 years of experience. Her work on reclamation projects sums to over 2 billion gallons per day of treatment; and, as a recent appointee to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Kati is actively involved in applied reuse research focusing on treatment methods in water reclamation. Kati holds a doctorate in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University, master’s degrees in civil engineering and biology from Tennessee Technological University, and a bachelor’s in biochemistry from the University of Dallas.

Joan Oppenheimer

Joan Oppenheimer is a Principal Environment Scientist with MWH, now part of Stantec, and has more than 35 years of experience in water quality assessments and treatment process solutions. She is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist, an Editorial Board member of Journal AWWA, an active member of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Research Advisory Committee and serves on other committees and in project advisory roles for the Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment & Research Foundation. Recent industry news involving Dr. Oppenheimer include the release of the Smart People. Smart Solutions Video Series: ‘Nutrient Loading’ and receipt of the American Water Works Association 2015 Best Paper Award.

Mike Van Doorn

Mike is a Principal Engineer with Stantec, with over 17 years of experience in project management, engineering analysis, and design for water supply, pumping and distribution, stormwater management, and wastewater projects. Mike specializes in hydraulic modeling, master planning, and design of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure solutions for clients throughout North America and internationally.  He is proficient with ESRI GIS software and numerous hydraulic modeling software applications including MikeUrban (Mouse), PCSWMM, EPA-SWMM5, Infoworks CS, SewerGEMS, WaterCAD, EPAnet, and SWMHYMO.  With a focus on GIS integrated urban infrastructure master planning and hydraulic/hydrologic modeling, Mike provides significant value as a hydraulic specialist on infrastructure master planning and feasibility studies, inflow and infiltration studies, designs of pumping stations and large diameter pipelines and sewers, investigative risk assessment studies and other complex infrastructure servicing projects.

Art Umble, Ph.D., WEF Fellow

Dr. Art Umble is the Wastewater Practice Leader, Americas Regions, with MWH, now part of Stantec. Art has more than 25 years of experience in a wide array of professional posts including managing a public water and wastewater utility, university teaching, serving in government-appointed stakeholder forums and consulting in the water and wastewater industry. Art is part of our team of wastewater experts who help municipal and industrial clients purify wastewater streams. Services include physical, biological and chemical treatment technologies and process innovations, facility master plans, process optimization for performance and energy efficiencies, consulting on public policy issues related to water quality, discharge permitting and environmental sustainability and converting waste to beneficial resource products including electricity and nutrient fertilizers.

Geoffrey M. Edwards  

Geoffrey Edwards has more than 22 years of experience in planning and management responsibilities for a wide range of environmental engineering projects relating to drinking water, wastewater, and storm water including: sampling and monitoring programs, regulatory compliance, and design/construction supervision. Most recently, Geoff has worked closely with large municipal clients to evaluate solutions for Consent Decree projects by integrating sustainable improvements and other cost effective initiatives to reduce the need for traditional grey infrastructure projects. He has represented clients in both the public and private sector and has experience working for a regulatory agency, which offers our clients the perspective of both the regulator and regulated community when developing solutions for projects.

Evan Wilbert

Evan Wilbert is a civil engineer and project manager in Stantec’s Philadelphia office.  Evan is especially knowledgeable with respect to stormwater management programs and application of stormwater management best management practices in various types of urban and suburban settings.  His presentations have covered the implementation of stormwater management practices throughout the Philadelphia area from planning, to design, to construction, and into post construction.

Varsha Wylie

Varsha Wylie is a Project Technical Lead and Area Manager for the North Texas operation at MWH, now part of Stantec. She has 14 years of experience in the water industry and has worked in the UK and India prior to moving to Dallas. She is a process engineer and has designed and commissioned a number of water and wastewater treatment plants. She is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in the UK and holds an MS degree in Environmental Technology from the University of Manchester (UK).

Dr. Carla Cherchi

Dr. Carla Cherchi is an Environmental Engineer Professional at MWH RESEARCH, and has 8 years based experience on water and wastewater quality and treatment, energy management for water and wastewater utilities and on the environmental and ecological toxicology of emerging pollutants. Dr. Cherchi has authored a number of peer-reviewed and conference papers. Carla holds a doctorate degrees in environmental engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

Gary D. Silcott, Jr., P.E., ENV SP

Gary Silcott is a Principal at Stantec with over 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. At Stantec he focuses on several disciplines, including water/wastewater, storm sewer, micromonitoring, and project funding. Mr. Silcott is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. He holds a BS degree in civil and an AS in Design Technology from Ohio University.

Jeff Coyne

Jeff Coyne is a Civil Engineer with 7 years of experience in water/wastewater engineering consulting. He has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech and is a registered PE in Virginia, Oregon, Washington state. Jeff lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Alex Sandu

Dr. Sandu has over 22 years of extensive experience in various capacities related to water and wastewater. His clients include a wide array of aerospace, industrial manufacturing, mining, food and beverage, and municipal. His areas of expertise include civil works, hydrology, hydraulics, water and wastewater management strategy, treatment evaluation and selection, bench- and pilot-scale performance evaluation, conceptual and detailed engineering design, startup, troubleshooting, and optimization of water and wastewater treatment plants using conventional and advanced treatment technologies. His experience includes industrial permit negotiation and compliance support with municipalities and sanitation districts. Dr. Sandu has led projects teams of up to 40 people and participated as Technical Lead in more than 80 projects during his career. Dr. Sandu has presented his work in a series of national (AWWA, CASQA, WEFTEC, AWRA) and international conferences (IWA) and has authored more than 18 technical articles. He currently serves as the Chair of the Water Reuse in Food and Beverage Industries for WEF, is a member of the WEF Industrial Committee, and Committee member of the Stormwater Council for WEF. He is located in Lima, Peru supporting development of the industrial market as Industrial Wastewater Treatment Leader for LATAM. Dr. Sandu is also the architect of an award winning software tool used for water/wastewater reuse strategy and conservation feasibility analysis. Click to see Alex Sandu’s presentation agenda at WEFTEC 

Greg Woodward

Greg Woodward is a principal with Stantec with over 25 years of experience in providing professional engineering services for the development of water and wastewater infrastructure.  His experience crosses many facets of a project’s life cycle from planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance through to decommissioning.  As an accomplished project manager he has worked on various types of water treatment systems from conventional treatment to a variety of membrane processes.  His wastewater experience also covers the design and oversight of simple extended aeration systems to advanced biological removal processes with a strong focus on Biosolids handling and processing facilities.  He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Utah and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a BS in Physics from Fort Hays State University.

Dr. Jane McLamarrah

Dr. McLamarrah is a Vice President at MWH, now part of Stantec, with nearly 40 years of experience in water and wastewater utility operations. She specializes in collection system management, operations and maintenance and has served as technical expert for a large number of wet weather consent decree programs throughout the country. Dr. McLamarrah has published more than 40 peer-reviewed and conference papers and was the Task Force Chair and Chapter Author of the 2016 WEF Special Publication Private Property Infiltration and Inflow Control. She is a registered professional civil and environmental engineer in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin and is a member of WEF’s Collection System Committee and volunteers with the National Council of Engineering & Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals Examination Committee. She holds a doctorate in civil engineering from Clemson University and degrees in various disciplines from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Rhode Island.

MWH Sponsored Events at WEFTEC 2016


WEFTEC Operations Challenge

How do operators overcome flooding, a sewer collapse, and other emergencies? Come see some of the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel in the world display their skills during Operations Challenge 2016.

More at

International Knowledge Exchange (IKE) Video, Presented by MWH, now part of Stantec

“Thornton Reservoir: From Active Quarry to 7.9 Billion Gallons of Wet Weather Storage”
Tuesday, September 27 from 8:30-noon, Room 239


MWH is proud to sponsor Jammin’4Water again this year at WEFTEC 2016.
Jammin’4Water 2016 will be held on Saturday, September 24th at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Dr.) in New Orleans.