ACEC/MW :: The Exchange
SUMMER 2013 Edition


What have you done for me lately?
A question that is often posed to each of us who provide professional services and one that is often asked of ACEC as well.  This is particularly pertinent at this time of year when requests for professional dues and PAC contributions are being sought – tugging at our corporate, as well as personal purse strings.  However I promise you that your dues and contributions are investments that deliver bottom-line results!

Our local membership is aware of the many benefits offered to help build our business.  Be it through informative communications and networking at monthly business luncheons.  Or providing face-time with your principal clients as we try to solve engineering challenges together.  Or by providing a protective cloak when advocating on our industry’s behalf with these same clients.  And what we accomplish at the local level is but a small part of what your contributions allow ACEC to achieve at a national level.

Rather than expanding the pages of this message to extol the benefits of your investments, click on the following - ACEC Value Proposition and ACEC/PAC - and see what results your dues and PAC contributions have achieved.   I am confident you will be both proud and impressed.

Stephen Walter – Parsons
2012-2013 ACEC/MW President

FOCUS ON: Water Infrastructure COMMITTEE

The ACEC/MW Water Infrastructure Committee (WIC) is extremely active and dynamic in its initiatives, activities and interaction with various local water, wastewater and stormwater agencies. The WIC covers water, wastewater and stormwater and this committee nor only provides effective communication between the clients and consulting community, but also assists in providing input on procurement /contracting practices and technical issues. The WIC regularly meets with various utility agencies to discuss mutual collaboration and to learn of future business opportunities and upcoming procurements.  Some of the agencies include:

• Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
• DC Water
• Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
• Arlington County
• Fairfax Water
• City of Falls Church
• District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
• US Army Corps of Engineers (Bay Watershed)
• Loudoun Water
• Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA)
• US Army Corps of Engineers (Washington Aqueduct)
• Alexandria Renew Enterprises

WIC has a small group of people within the committee as point people with these agencies.  In addition we have several sub-committees, such as; program development, membership recruitment, special events. Each sub-committee has a lead to coordinate its activities and conducts special meetings as necessary and report its progress to WIC on monthly meeting.

WIC directly assists in putting on two main events for the industry:

~Annual Water and Wastewater Luncheon: This event is generally held in August each year with representatives from several major utilities like DC Water, WSSC, Fairfax Water, Washington Aqueduct.  Agency speakers provide information about their upcoming CIP, specialized Consent Decree projects and other procurement opportunities. This event is extremely popular among the members and local agencies and provides an excellent networking opportunity.

~Chesapeake Bay TMDL Symposium: The Chesapeake Bay TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Loads Symposium that is a half day syposium that attracts hundreds of ACEC members, industry representatives as well as agency representatives. The forum includes presentations by various speakers followed by a panel discussion.  2013 TMDL Symposium is currently in the planning stage and will be held again this Fall 2013.

The WIC also conducts and coordinates educational tours to various treatment plants. In 2013 two separate tours were planned:
Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant – World’s largest treatment plant owned by DC Water
Griffith Water Treatment Plant owned by Fairfax Water

These educational tours are very popular and provide a unique opportunity for members and particularly younger engineers. WIC is always looking for new ideas and continue to bring new opportunities to its membership through learning and networking environment.   The Water Infrastructure Committee (WIC) meets via conference call on the second Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm. Every quarterly meeting is in-person and is hosted by various committee members in their offices with lunch provided by the host firm.

If you are interested in joining the committee , please contact ACEC/MW Executive Director, Mac Cannon  (


ACEC/MW Committees 2012 - 2013

Facilities Committee
Jeff Nelson, Chair
Schnabel Engineering

Membership Committee
Lesley Rogers, Chair
Athavale, Lystad & Associates, Inc.

Program Committee
Vicki White, Chair

Transportation Committee
Matt Martin, Chair

Water Infrastructure Committee
Rizwan Siddiqi, Chair
EBA Engineering, Inc.



The interest in our luncheon topics and speakers continues to be very strong – here are some highlights from our last two luncheons:

~ THURSDAY, march 28th~
~ DC Government & DC Agencies Business Opportunities & Networking Luncheon ~
On March 28th at Maggianos Little Italy at Tysons Corner, VA –  

Here are some highlights:

Speaker Brian Hanlon of DGS addresses the audience.

DDOT Chief Engineer Nick Nicholson speaks about business opportunities in the District.

If you are interested in any presentations from this event, please go to the ACEC/MW Event Recap Page.

~ Thursday, APRIL 25th ~
~ Colleges & Universities Business Opportunities & Networking Luncehon ~
On April 25th in Maggianos Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA –

Bill Olen of the University of Maryland discusses the challenges of a growing campus and the opportunities to partner with the university. 

Director of Campus Planning for Maymount University, Upen Malani describes the university masterplan.

Bill Chamberlin of NVCC speaks about the expanding infrastructure needs of the largest college system in Virginia


~ Thursday, May 30th ~
~ Local Governments Business Opportunities & Networking Luncheon ~
On May 30th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tyson’s Corner, VA – more than 100 attended to network and hear from our Local Governments. The audience was very engaged and had many questions for our speakers. 

Paul Brown, Assistant Director of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure with Loudoun County.

Cheryl Middleton, Assistant Purchasing Agent with Loudoun County.

Arlington County Transit Bureau Chief -
Stephen Del Giudice.


Bruce Johnston, Montgomery County Division Chief, Division of Transportation Engineering.

Senior Architect /Project Coordinator of Fairfax County DPWES - Katayoon Shaya.

Deputy Director of Prince Georges DPW&T Andre Issayans.


If you are interested in any presentations from this luncheon, please go to the ACEC/MW Event Recap Page.


Calling all volunteers! The goal of ACEC/MW is to share the benefit of our committee work with each member firm.  Many of our firms are on multiple ACEC/MW committees and understand how their dues dollars translate into business opportunities from this committee work.  Where else can you meet face-to-face with potential clients as a group of engineering firms, to voice your concern and suggestions on engineering business issues?  Not only will you benefit from client interaction, but from the updates and networking found within these committees.  Please consider tasking an employee from your firm to participate on any one or all of our 5 committees.  Each committee is open and will welcome new member volunteers.

Dont let another month go by get plugged in and join a committee – make the most out of your membership!

Please contact Mac Cannon to join a committee.


 welcome TO our newest member firms! 

Engicon USA Inc.
Judlau Contracting
Los Alamos Technical Associates


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