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2006 Trendsetters

2006 Trendsetters

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    Katie Curry's efforts to encourage others to recycle have made her a local hero. Plus, she gets to sit on her own hard-earned benches when she needs to take a break from bicycling around town with family. Photo: Mary Ann Carter/Black Star

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    Andres Duany

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    John Duncan Jr.

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    Al Gore

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    Interstate Highway System

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    Tim Pawlenty

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    Rich Giani (seated, second from left), water-quality manager at Washington, D.C.'s Water and Sewer Authority, headed a research team that revealed how chloramines affect the leaching of lead into drinking water. Photo: DC WASA

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    Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association president Kathleen Holst is more concerned about road-related issues than she is about her status as the association's first female leader. Photo: IRTBA

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    Bruce Logan is using bacteria in wastewater to create electricity. Photo: Shaoan Cheng

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    Raymond Seed worked without pay to discover why New Orleans's flood control system failed during Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Jenni Spinner

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    At 35, Kris Riemann is the youngest public works director Gulfport, Miss., has had. Thanks to careful planning, the city was the first to restore services after Hurricane Katrina. Photo: Pat Sullivan

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    Diane Linderman asked Congress to allocate homeland security funds directly to public works as well as police and fire agencies. Photo: APWA

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    Joe Haworth (middle) urges public agencies to partner with each other to educate their customers about what they do. “Much of the public wants to help; they just need to be told what to do.” Photo: LACSD

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    Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

The 2006 Trendsetters List

Rich Giani

The water quality division manager for the Washington, D.C., Water and Sewer Authority pioneered the concept of lead profiling to determine the extent and magnitude of lead released from service lines in piping and plumbing systems, raising awareness of the challenges facing drinking water systems.

Al Gore

His documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” examines causes of, and possible solutions to, global warming. The film drew praise from environmentalists, boos from critics, and millions at the box office.

Elba Hamilton

Named one of the New Faces of Engineering in 2006, she led extensive hurricane research projects with the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center. Her work is considered the foundation for most areas of hurricane evacuation research.

Henry Hatch

Honored in February with a 2006 ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders Award, he served in the U.S. Army for 35 years and was the chief of engineers and commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His volunteer work includes improving engineering expertise in Iraq and Afghanistan and strengthening UNESCO engineering programs.

Joe Haworth

As founder of the information office of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Calif., he initiated extensive outreach to customers in Los Angeles and, through the Think Earth environmental education program, nationwide. He also helped develop newspaper supplements to educate Spanish-speaking customers about public works.

Gregg Hodgdon

As director of fleet operations with E.A. Sween Co., Eden Prairie, Minn., he developed a vintage chart that provides a baseline for understanding how additions and changes to fleet operations will create changes throughout the next nine years.

Kathleen Holst

Recently named 2006–2007 president of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, she's the first woman to lead the 67-year-old organization.

Frank Huber

The Federal Highway Administration presented this Edwards and Kelcey senior technical specialist with the 2006 Utility Outstanding Achievement Award for work on the New Jersey Route 21 reconstruction project ($100 million). He developed a technique called test excavation that removed sections of pavement and ground where utilities were to be installed prior to installation, allowing the pipe layout to be planned before it was too late, which minimized project delays.

Mike Huckabee

The Arkansas governor—sometimes called the highway governor—began the Pave the Way campaign in 1999 to completely rehabilitate the state's crumbling highways. The state is now completing the largest highway project its history.

Hurricane Relief Workers

Working with local agencies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, volunteers from across the country helped clean up the messes left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in late 2005. From engineering services to general aid and assistance, these citizens worked tirelessly to put the Gulf Region back on track.

Interstate Highway System

Happy 50th birthday! More than 46,000 miles of highway have been laid since President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act on June 29, 1956.

Dennis Jagoda

The California DOT hydraulic engineer introduced the use of remote-controlled surveillance cameras to assess conditions of culverts, enhancing the agency's inventory process and improving motorist safety.

Scott E. Johnson

District manager of the Baca Grande (Colo.) Water and Sanitation District and a leader in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building movement. He incorporated underground water storage tanks, a lift station with a living roof, and a sequence batch reactor sewer plant that uses ultraviolet and ozone treatment into both new construction and redesigned systems.

Linda Jones

One of the nation's foremost researchers in high-temperature materials, she became the director of Smith College's Picker Engineering Program in July 2005. Since then, the school has partnered with Princeton University to begin an engineering exchange program to place men and women in different learning environments and prepare them for teamwork in their careers. Smith College is the nation's first women's college to have an engineering program, which graduated its first class in 2004. In 2005, the program was accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Kent County (Del.) Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

First wastewater treatment plant to be certified in all three of these standards: ISO 14001 environmental management system standard, Occupational Health and Safety Assessment System 18001 health and safety standard, and National Biosolids Partnership environmental management system standard. It also won an award for its Environmental Health and Safety Management System, and the EPA's 2006 Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award.

Mark Steven Kirk

The U.S. Representative (R-Ill.) worked on an amendment to prohibit planning and construction funds for building the pork barrel Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee in June. As a member of the Appropriations Committee and a former member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, he has worked to make major infrastructure improvements in our transportation systems.

LIFT2

The Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology program encourages engineering firms, the Massachusetts legislature, and governor's office to introduce Boston secondary school students to careers in engineering. Partnered with engineering firm CDM to create summer externship programs that allow teachers and students to work alongside experienced engineers.