WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has awarded Houston Flippin with the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award, Brown and Caldwell announced recently.
The award recognizes and honors an individual who has made substantial and measurable engineering, scientific, and/or operations contributions to managing or treating industrial wastes to improve water quality.
Flippin, vice-president and an industrial water expert, achieved a master’s degree in environmental and water resource engineering and a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University under the tutelage of Eckenfelder.
After serving as a research assistant to Eckenfelder at Vanderbilt in 1983, Flippin dedicated his career to enhancing the environment through the design, construction and optimization of industrial water and wastewater treatment facilities, states a release.
Since joining Brown and Caldwell in 1984, he has evaluated and developed process design and operating guidelines for hundreds of treatment facilities encompassing food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical and nutrition, refinery and renewable fuels, mining and many more industries.
Flippin was the technical lead on the Bush Brothers & Company’s Process Water Reclamation Facility. He directed the process design of the 2.1 million gallons per day facility that treats production process water to be used for utility water makeup or irrigation of adjacent pasturelands on which cattle are raised by Bush Brothers & Company-owned agriculture, the release states.
Flippin has also followed in Eckenfelder’s footsteps by mentoring aspiring engineers, lending his expertise to improve water quality through engineering and scientific advancements in treating industrial waters.