Brian A. Hilts, PE
Over the course of nearly two decades, Brian Hilts has led many multidisciplinary design projects for water and wastewater treatment, and he serves as one of CDM Smith’s practice leaders for wastewater disinfection. As a team-oriented leader, Brian says, “None of us has all the answers alone, but working as a team, we can always find a solution.”
His expertise lies in the planning, design, operation, construction, and commissioning of water reclamation treatment facilities, including traditional and design-build delivery. In the last 10+ years, Brian has focused his efforts on disinfection technologies, both mature and innovative, such as chlorination/dechlorination, UV disinfection, peracetic acid (PAA) and performic acid to help utilities find the best solution to meet their financial, operational, maintenance, and regulatory needs.
A self-described “PAA nerd,” Brian is one of the foremost experts in the design and implementation of peracetic acid disinfection treatment, notably serving as disinfection task manager of PAA disinfection upgrades for the city of Memphis, Tennessee.
“One of my mentors early in my career told me that it is better to work on lousy projects with great people, than it is to work on great projects with lousy people; but at CDM Smith, I have been fortunate to work on great projects with great people,” Brian says.