Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Soft Skills Update!

Soft Skills continues to draw! ESWP Board member Amy Veltri (NGE) presented an interesting and informative talk on the “soft skills” that everyone can benefit from in today’s workplace. Amy’s best advice: “Be creative, ask for opportunities, listen to directions, and know expectations and exceed them!”

Conference News!

It has been a very busy early Fall for the ESWP. We have just presented two very successful conferences, including the PA Brownfields Conference in Lancaster , PA, which was attended by more than 325 registrants.  The Lancaster County Convention Center was the site for the 2016 conference, and was a great venue for this event.  The conference wrapped up on October 28, then just a week later our staff departed for San Antonio, TX for the 77th annual International Water Conference at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.  The IWC gathered more than 925 registrants, and more than 100 exhibitors. Back in the office now, we are getting caught up just in time for a busy holiday season!

ESWP Membership News

We have rolled out a great deal for our young engineers…

ESWP offers an “Under-35” dues rate of $25 annually, with a limited time offer of  NO entrance fee ( a $55 savings!)  Now is the time to add ESWP to your professional network and expand your horizons.  Our Young Member Forum is gaining momentum by offering quality programs designed specifically with the young engineer in mind.  Click here:

“Best of IWC” Webinar Series continues…..

“Best of IWC” Webinar

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 12:00noon-1:00pm

The “Best of IWC” Webinar Series continues….. view last year’s presentations to see the technical and educational information presented at the conference. All from the comfort of your computer and best of all, it’s free! and you earn 1 PDH.  Registration is required and limited.  There are two presentations, each lasting 25 minutes.

Register for the Webinar here

Webinar Papers and Presenters:

IWC 15-58 – Thomas E. Higgins, Ph.D., P.E., CH2M Hill, Jacksonville, FL

Title: Challenges in Flue Gas Desulfurization Physical/Chemical Wastewater Treatment for Mercury and Arsenic

Abstract: Electric utilities are facing a series of regulations that will likely require advanced treatment of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater.  The proposed Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) of 2013 and water quality based effluent limits (WQBELs) will necessitate treatment of FGD water. The appropriate treatment technologies for meeting these limits will be driven by the pollutants regulated.  This presentation will focus on recent evaluations of physical/chemical treatment, with an emphasis on findings regarding mercury removal.

IWC 15-59 – Frank Sassaman, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Warrendale, PA

Title: Treatment of FGD Wastewater in a Pilot Advanced Reactive Iron Media Wastewater Treatement System

Abstract: This paper focuses on the performance associated with the reduction of selenium. Reduction of mercury, arsenic, and numerous other trace heavy metals is also examined as well as the effect of hydraulic retention time, dynamic flow changes, influent chemistry changes, and response to typical real world upsets. Data will be specifically analyzed and discussed in association with meeting the pending ELG guidelines.

ESWP Young Member Forum highlights

Summer fun! The ESWP Young Member Forum combined forces with those of the ASCE, ASHE,  EWB, TBP and SAME in hosting a Summer Social on August 19. The event was held at the Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building and featured craft beers, and a special summer Sangria cooler, along with lots of great food. Each of the hosting groups provided a gift basket for door prize table, where attendees could try their luck at baskets of their choosing. Representatives from each of the hosting groups also previewed their upcoming continuing education activities. Keep an eye on the ESWP website for the next mixer, scheduled for the December holiday season. For more information on ESWP’s Young Member Forum, contact Outreach Coordinator Taylor Bombalski.

Young Members’ Organizing Committee