Mark C. White, PE, BCEE
Mark White first discovered his passion for water treatment while serving in the Peace Corps in Malawi, where he was inspired to make a difference by witnessing firsthand the struggles that come with a lack of safe drinking water. Since then, he has become a registered professional engineer and Board-Certified Engineer with about 30 years of international experience in the planning, design, operations, maintenance, and construction of water treatment facilities.
He has evaluated and designed improvements to over 40 water treatment plants totaling more than one-billion-gallons-per-day of capacity. In addition, Mark is well-versed in membrane technology, and has served as project manager or membrane design for membrane filtration treatment capacity of over 400-million-gallons-per-day, including some of the largest membrane projects in the U.S.
As a water treatment industry leader, Mark serves on a variety of state and national committees, including the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Water Treatment Facilities Design and Construction Committee and the AWWA Membrane Process Committee, and he is also the former chair of the AWWA Membrane Systems Subcommittee.
Mark decided to join the firm because “as a graduate student, I was instructed by a senior CDM Smith expert during an intense two-week water treatment plant design course. The lessons drew upon multiple CDM Smith project examples, including a fascinating project from Hong Kong. It showed me a vision of the possibilities that a future with CDM Smith could entail. A few years ago, I found myself working on a water supply project in Hong Kong and then later that same year, I taught a university class on water treatment design; it was amazing to realize that I’d come full circle in my career here.”