2023 Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award

Charles W. Gruber (1910–2001) was a pioneer in the field of air pollution control. His contributions to the field of air pollution control and the Association were numerous and significant. He joined the Association in 1938 and made important contributions during the transitional years from 1948 to 1952, when the Association was transformed from a relatively closed smoke-oriented organization to one that addressed in name, philosophy, and structure the broader dimensions of air pollution control. In 1950, he became the first president of the reorganized and renamed Association. During his term of office, he conceived of the present technical committee structure and guided its development through the early years. In 1980, the Association awarded Honorary Membership to Gruber for more than 40 years of leadership and continuing contributions to the organization. The Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has provided outstanding service to the Association through leadership positions at both international and local levels and who has contributed toward the achievement of the mission and objectives of the Association. The recipient will have demonstrated sincere, constant, and unselfish efforts over the course of his or her membership toward the betterment of the Association.

A&WMA presents the 2023 Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award to C. Flint Webb.

C. Flint Webb is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in California, Virginia, and Maryland, with more than 40 years of experience in engineering, including over 30 years of experience managing complex environmental projects with interdisciplinary teams of professionals.
In college he studied mechanical engineering focusing on heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics with a goal to design solar collectors. His first jobs after college were performing heat transfer, compressible flow, and thermodynamics calculations for aircraft engines and rockets for Pratt & Whitney, Martin Marietta, General Electric, and General Dynamics. He made the transition to environmental consulting working on air toxics emissions inventories, air dispersion modeling, and health risk assessments for the compliance with California’s Air Toxics Information and Assessment Act (AB2588) with Groundwater Technology, Inc. (GTI). Then he designed, permitted, and installed soil remediation systems, also for GTI.  Other environmental project experience included Risk Management Planning, Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Planning, New Source Review permitting, General Conformity compliance and estimating worker exposure to air toxics for GTI, Kleinfelder, and SAIC/Leidos.
Mr. Webb is a senior project manager in Leidos’ Integrated Missions Solutions Operations in Reston, Virginia. He has been a project manager at Leidos/SAIC for over 25 years, managing pollution prevention and air pollution control projects, and providing performing Mechanical Engineering analyses for the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, NASA, Maryland Department of Environment, and commercial clients.
Mr. Webb has been a member of A&WMA since 1992. He served as Technical Council (TC) Chair from 2020-2022 where he was instrumental to the formation of the Climate Change Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and has served as the Pollution Prevention & Sustainability Division Chair, the Sustainability TCC Chair, and the Climate Change Division Chair. As TC Chair, he was technical program chair for the 2021 and 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibitions. He also was a member of the organizing committees for ten international climate change specialty conferences, including serving as the General Conference Chair for two of them.
Besides his work on the A&WMA TC, Mr. Webb was elected to the South Atlantic States Section (SASS) Board of Directors in 2007 and has served on the Board continuously until last year; serving in various roles, including Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. He was also elected to the Baltimore-Washington Chapter (now Chesapeake Chapter) Board in 2014 and served on the Board continuously until last year in various capacities including Vice Chair, Chair, Past Chair and Special Director.
Mr. Webb is also proud of his involvement updating the Environmental Educator Resource Guides (EERGs) for K-12 educators.
In his community, Mr. Webb has served as chair or co-chair of the Environmental Committee of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations from 2002 until last year; represented the Federation on the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee Technical Advisory Committee (MWAQC TAC) from 2005 to 2008, helping with preparation of both the ozone and fine PM State Implementation Plans for the Washington DC area; and on the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and Resiliency Committees. He also served the San Diego, California community as the chair of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District Compliance Improvement Team in and the Source Test Improvement Group when he lived in San Diego.
Mr. Webb has also served on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) review panel for Project 02-46 Improving Ground Support Equipment Operational Data for Airport Emissions Modeling.
Mr. Webb has been the principal author of more than 25 published papers and magazine articles and was a co-author of the first Mars Institute Prize winning student paper, “The Retrieval, Storage, and Recycling of Water for a Manned Base On Mars.” The paper was included in Case For Mars II Proceedings in 1984
Flint Webb Headshot
C. Flint Webb

Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award