What has been your proudest project or accomplishment and why? Outside of some recent high-profile projects which I am very honored to have been a part of, I would say I’m still most proud of the first full wastewater treatment facility upgrades I was given the opportunity to manage. I distinctly recall my first visit to the site where the flow from the facility was discharging a plume of solids into the river and the majority of the equipment and systems were in disrepair. A few years later, I recall observing highly treated effluent discharging from that same pipe which provided me an extraordinary sense of accomplishment and thankfulness for all those who contributed to the effort.
How has your career evolved since you joined CDM Smith, and why?
Ever since I began employment with CDM Smith as a co-op, I have had the opportunity to follow my interests and have been provided a number of challenging and varied opportunities. My first few years were spent exclusively working on CSO studies and design, followed by experience with water distribution system planning and design. Following an expression of interest in wastewater treatment, I was given the opportunity to work on a number of wastewater treatment facility upgrades and have since transitioned that into a specialization in biosolids and resource recovery from wastewater and food waste. I am extremely thankful that the firm has provided the opportunity for me to follow these interests and provided me with many exciting and varied opportunities over the years.
What’s your personal motto? “…To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm driven to help reduce the impact humans have on the planet for the sake of all future generations.
For a private industrial client, Ben managed the design of a facility that will produce approximately 210 tons per day of high nutrient ammonia sulfate fertilizer containing approximately 20 percent biosolids.