"Salt of the Earth" Award
2017 Award Winners Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit
Tom Davis is Director of the Center for Inland Desalination Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Tom is a native of Columbia, SC. He earned his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. Most of his career has been devoted to the understanding of ion-exchange membranes and their applications to electrodialysis and fuel cells. His employment includes Southern Research Institute, Exxon, Graver Water, the University of South Carolina, and ZDD, Inc., a small company that is commercializing technology for reduction of the amount of water lost in the disposal of concentrate from desalination of saline water. ZDD (Zero Discharge Desalination) technology was demonstrated at Alamogordo, NM, where the groundwater is nearly saturated with gypsum, and it was used in UTEP’s entry in the Desal Prize competition. He is currently involved in a start-up company, Atlas Regeneration Technologies, to commercialize a UTEP invention – a sensor to detect hardness in water treated by a water softener to determine when the softener should be regenerated. Other research includes the use of electrodialysis to recover acid from process water and the use of photovoltaic (PV) power in desalination.
2016 Award Winners Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit
Edmund G. "Ed" Archuleta was manager of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from January 1989 until his retirement in January 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, reclaimed water service, and storm water to the greater El Paso metropolitan area. He reported to and implemented strategic policies set by the seven-member Public Service Board. Ed was then named the Transition and Special Projects Manager for the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from January through July 2013. Ed joined UTEP as Director of Water Initiatives on September 1, 2013.
A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, New Mexico, and Iowa, Mr. Archuleta earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Management degree from the University of New Mexico. He is an American Academy of Environmental Engineers Diplomat. He was appointed in June 2006 by President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering/Science to develop a publication on Water Reuse as an Approach on Meeting Future Water Supply Needs. Most recently, he was named The WateReuse Association's Person of the Year for 2010.
In 2010, Mr. Archuleta was appointed by President Barack Obama to represent the United States as Chairman on the three-member Pecos River Compact Commission. Archuleta serves with two other Commissioners – one representing the state of Texas, and the other represents New Mexico.
Mr. Archuleta is currently involved with several technical and professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, WateReuse Foundation, the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers, the Texas Water Conservation Association, New Mexico/Texas Water Commission, and Far West Texas Planning Group. He is a past Chairman of the Water Research Foundation, and past Board Member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the WateReuse Association, and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation. He served as chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, an organization of 17 member cities in the West. He is an advisory board member to the USO- El Paso Chapter.Mr. Archuleta is currently serving or has served on several civic organizations, including the United Way, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Rotary Club, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Paso del Norte Group, El Paso Symphony, Community en Acción and New Mexico State University Academy of Civil Engineers. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Board of New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.