STOWE, Vermont– CDM Smith is proud to congratulate Jihyon Im as this year’s recipient of the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) Younger Member of the Year Award. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to NEWWA through active participation in the association’s programs, committees and presentations. Im accepted her award on Tuesday, September 18, at the NEWWA Annual Conference.
Im’s environmental engineering career began at the University of New Hampshire, where she gained hands-on research and project experience with both the fundamental and practical aspects of the field. “I was lucky enough to have learned early in my academic career that the core of environmental engineering is helping people,” said Im. “I get to help clients deliver safe water to their customers, solve water quality issues, and plan for the future of their communities, all while collaborating with some of the brightest engineers in the field.”
I was lucky enough to have learned early in my academic career that the core of environmental engineering is helping people.
With that mission in mind, Im has been involved in CDM Smith’s critical work in dealing with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including the pioneering PFAS study and design project in Westfield, Massachusetts. Working with communities like Westfield, and presenting her work at the NEWWA Annual Conference in September 2017 and American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in June 2018, Im is playing a key role in the effort to understand and treat for emerging contaminants that pose a threat to public health.
In addition to her work in the drinking water sector, Im is an active volunteer in several industry organizations. As founder and chair of NEWWA’s University Outreach Committee, Im helps college students make meaningful professional connections and forge careers in the water industry. Im serves as the Vice Chair on the AWWA National Young Professionals Committee, where she advocates for active engagement among young professionals and students within local and national AWWA chapters. Im also serves as the Young Professional Liaison for the AWWA’s Technical and Education Council (TEC), where she is tasked to connect the young professionals in the water industry with TEC’s over 61 committees.
NEWWA is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region’s water works professionals and the public interest. It is the oldest and most active regional water works association in the United States. For more than a century, NEWWA has worked to improve and sustain public water supplies, protect public health and safety, and advance the water supply profession.
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