New membrane and desalination leaders in CH2M Hill changes

A number of leadership changes to the top water team of US engineer CH2M Hill were announced on 5 April 2012, including new leaders for membrane and desalination technology.

The responsibilities of Global Technology Leaders include ensuring the quality of projects and efficiency of project delivery by capturing and deploying the best practices that improve project delivery efficiency. They also lead initiatives including developing tools, strategies, and approaches worldwide.

Water treatment engineer Dr Russell Ford is the new water infrastructure global service leader. With over 25 years of experience in developing, evaluating and designing treatment processes to remove a variety of contaminants from drinking water, Ford has a strong working knowledge of current state and federal drinking water regulations, the design and construction of water treatment facilities, and water allocation.

He will lead CH2M Hill’s technology and client service for water treatment, reuse, desalination and membrane projects.

His deputy will be Paul Swaim, who brings more than 20 years of experience in the successful completion of water treatment and water reuse projects including process selection, pilot studies, facilities plans, design, construction and startup. He is a technical expert in water treatment process selection, treatability (bench and pilot scale) testing, granular activated carbon disinfection and advanced oxidation.

Lee Odell has been appointed as the new water treatment global technology leader. Odell has 22 years of experience as an engineering consultant and 6 years of experience as a water treatment plant operator and operations supervisor. He has a wide range of experience managing projects in water resources, water quality and treatment, water reuse design and facilities planning.

Joe Elarde is the new membrane global technology leader. Elarde is a recognized specialist in membrane technology with more than 15 years of experience in the study, piloting, design, construction, commissioning and operation of several membrane filtration, membrane softening, brackish water and seawater desalting facilities.

Elarde will replace Jim Lozier, who takes a new position as desalination global technology leader. He has more than 30 years of professional service in the water treatment industry, and is an internationally recognized authority on membrane technologies. One of CH2M HILL’s technology fellows, Lozier specializes in the application of membrane in and associated pre- and post-treatment processes for water treatment, desalination and water reuse.

Larry Schimmoller will remain in his position as the water reuse global technology leader.