Christian Sanders, PE, CPEng
Christian Sanders is a senior environmental engineer with a passion for water treatment projects. He has over 17 years of experience designing, commissioning and troubleshooting water treatment facilities, and his dedication has earned him recognition as a leader in the field. Christian has led the piloting efforts for several large-scale treatment investigations covering seawater desalination in Australia, as well as water reuse and surface water treatment applications in the United States.
Christian has played a lead role in several major water treatment projects, including advanced treatment processes, granular media filtration, dry and liquid chemical systems and wastewater recovery. He has a broad understanding of the complexities involved in designing and commissioning these facilities, saying, “I love being out in the field, troubleshooting an issue, or implementing a plan to avoid an issue from occurring in the first place.”
One of Christian's proudest professional accomplishments was his involvement in two large-scale water treatment plants at two of the military’s premier training centers in California's Mojave Desert. “These projects were highlights of my career,” he says. “In both cases, I worked alongside a group of highly dedicated and technically proficient individuals to deliver some very complex treatment processes that will be novel for years to come.”
Christian is a licensed professional engineer in Australia and the States, and particularly enjoys the dynamic environment of design-build projects. “In 2015, I moved back to the U.S. to work with CDM Smith. At that time, I was motivated by the opportunity to work with a larger engineering firm that had a strong reputation in the water industry, executed projects world-wide and provided opportunities for staff to work on complex water treatment projects,” he says.