The Fellow Grade of Membership was inaugurated in 1986 to recognize professional attainment and accomplishments related to the mission and objectives of A&WMA. A candidate for fellowship has a minimum of 15 years of experience in an area served by the Association and has been a member of the Association for at least 10 continuous years. Fellows are recognized for their professional accomplishments and service to the Association based on a process, product, or regulatory development; project leadership; managerial achievement; the education of specialists; peer-reviewed technical publications; patents; and research or theoretical developments.
A&WMA commends the following individuals and awards them the Fellow Grade of Membership in 2019:
Lee A. Lundberg
Kumar Ganesan, Ph.D.
Dr. Ganesan has served the environmental community since 1971 after receiving his master’s degree in Public Health Engineering in India. He was one of the first scientists who started air pollution studies in India and carried out extensive air pollution monitoring, source testing, meteorological studies to plan a new city, “New Mumbai”, while working at the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) as scientist in India. His service and tireless work to bring the impact of air pollution into the decision-making process while developing new cities was a major contribution.
He left NEERI in 1977 to pursue his doctoral work at Washington State University. As a doctoral student, he was involved in several photochemical field studies and contributed toward developing simple ozone predictive model using chemical kinetic process. After graduation, his first job was to develop emission inventory data of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides for the United States and Canada for the first ever large-scale acid rain modeling.
In 1983, Dr. Ganesan moved to Montana Technological University (MTU) as an Assistant Professor and was then promoted to full professor and became the head of the Environmental Engineering Department in 1996. Dr. Ganesan’s involvement in the Pacific Northwest International Section (PNWIS) of A&WMA has been primarily to equip and prepare the future leaders of the Association. In fact, he is responsible for over 800 graduate and undergraduate environmental engineers during the past 35 years as faculty member and 22 years as Department Head. He has equipped and prepared past, present, and future leaders of A&WMA. Many of his students are currently in leadership positions within the Association.
Dr. Ganesan was the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award at MTU, the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award at MTU, the Robert Stockman Distinguished Achievement Award from A&WMA/PNWIS, the 2011 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award from A&WMA, and the Mentor of the Decade Award from the MTU Graduate School. He served as A&WMA-PNWIS President in 2004-2005, A&WMA-PNWIS Annual Conference General Chair in 2001 and 2019, and A&WMA-PNWIS Annual Conference Technical Co-Chair in 1999, but more commonly, he is mentoring and supporting young or other seasoned professionals in those leadership roles.
Dr. Ganesan’s professional accomplishments put him in an elite category among A&WMA members. He is one of fewer than 80 A&WMA members listed in the 2018 Who’s Who of Environmental Engineering & Science based on his certification since 2000 by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES). Dr. Ganesan has been registered as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Environmental Engineering since 1998. Dr. Ganesan received a U.S. patent for a mercury control device for coal-fired plant flue gases in 2010. He has co-authored or edited at least eight books in the environmental field.
He has invested over 35 years in students, and they had major impact in A&WMA at the Chapter, Section, and International Levels. Dr. Ganesan has been active in PNWIS for over 30 years and has been a leader in the Montana Chapter since its inception, and as the faculty champion, he began and supported one of the strongest student chapters ever in the Association. Under Dr. Ganesan’s guidance, the Montana Tech Student Chapter has sponsored the most active and successful teams in the Environmental Challenge (EC) competition. The Montana Tech teams finished among the top EC teams in 2002 to 2019, the Montana Tech team finished 1st in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016, and their 2014 MTU team went on to finish 2nd in the ECi at A&WMA’s Annual Conference in Raleigh NC in June 2015.
In 1969, Garber joined the U.S. Coast Guard. After serving four years, he decided to pursue a degree in engineering from the University of Toledo and began working for the City of Toledo in the Streets Bridges and Harbor Division. Upon graduation from the University of Toledo in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering with emphasis on air pollution and industrial hygiene, he started working for the City’s Pollution Control Division. Garber began his career as an air pollution control engineer, writing permits, conducting compliance inspections, responding to citizen’s complaints, and preparing emissions inventories.
In 1981, Garber became the enforcement lead, where he held meetings with citizen and industry groups to assist with compliance; prepared compliance penalty calculations; presented these calculations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ohio EPA, and industry; and assisted in court cases for noncompliance. One year later, he became the air lead. In this position, he was in charge of all air operations for the Division, which entailed scheduling inspections, overseeing emission inventory work, reviewing all permit-to-install and operate applications, overseeing penalty calculations and complaint response, and meeting with citizens and industry. While working in this capacity, he obtained his license and became a professional engineer (P.E.) in Ohio.
In 1995, Garber became the Administrator of Environmental Services—the new name of Pollution Control. In this position, Garber ran the Division and was responsible for the administration of EPA rules governing air, water, wastewater, solid, and hazardous waste for the Lucas and Northern Wood Counties in Ohio. During this time, he worked with the EPA Region 5 Administrator to get Lucas County designated compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide. As a member of the Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials (ALAPCO), Garber worked on the coke oven rules and with EPA worked on the emissions inventory program, as well as worked with the Grace Foundation on climate change issues.
Garber next moved into a new position overseeing all City of Toledo projects with environmental issues. In this position, he was involved with a multi-million-dollar wastewater improvement program, as well as the special projects resulting from the City’s wastewater consent decree. He was also part of a coalition of government entities working to clean up the Maumee River from Fort Wayne, IN. Garber retired from the City of Toledo after 35 years of government service, and is currently working as an environmental manager assisting in the development of a new coke production company.
Lee A. Lundberg
For more than 45 years, Lundberg has been employed by consulting, construction, and operating firms, and has also maintained a private engineering practice for more than 25 years. His career has been focused on both technical and management aspects of the engineering profession, holding progressively responsible positions, leading project teams, and serving in a supervisory and senior management capacity, participating in the administration and management of a full-service engineering and environmental services business unit.
Lundberg’s experience has covered a broad range of services in diverse environmental and process applications, including consulting to municipalities, utilities, industries, private investors, and developers on a national and international basis through all phases of project planning, development, design, financing, implementation, and operation. Responsibilities have included project management, leadership of project teams and technical execution of complex multi-disciplinary engineering, and design-build projects; client/customer account management; staff development, and mentoring; and quality assurance/control. His specialized areas of technical expertise include residuals and biosolids processing; waste-to-energy technologies; combustion, gasification, and thermal processing; energy recovery; biogas treatment and use; cogeneration and independent power; air pollution control systems; and wastewater treatment and process control.
Lundberg has authored and presented over 30 technical papers related to incineration, waste heat recovery, air pollution control, operational improvements/retrofits, process analysis, waste-to-energy, wastewater treatment, and residuals processing, and was a contributing author and reviewer for a number of Manuals of Practice (MOPs) published by the Water Environment Federation, including the Design of Water Resource Recovery Facilities MOP; the Wastewater Solids Incineration Systems MOP; and the Energy Conservation in Water and Wastewater Facilities MOP.
Along with his professional activities, Lundberg has served for over 20 years on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of Residential Care Services, Inc. (RCS), a non-profit community-based corporation that provides housing options and support to consumers of mental health services in Allegheny County, PA. During his tenure, the RCS Board pursued a separation from its national parent organization and successfully established the agency as a wholly independent entity. Since that time, RCS has grown to become one of the most financially sound organizations of its kind in the County, with an annual budget of over $5 million.
Lundberg has been a member of the Association for more than 40 years, during which time he has been a member of the Allegheny Mountain Section and has been active on a national level in A&WMA Technical Council for three decades. His involvement in Technical Council began with terms as an officer at the committee level, and then progressed to the Division and Group levels, culminating in service as Vice Chair, then Chair of the Technical Council. During his term as Chair of the Technical Council, Lundberg also served as a member of the Association’s Board of Directors. He is currently Past Chair of Technical Council. Lundberg has also served as a Session Chair at each Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) for more than a 15 years; performing peer reviews of manuscripts. He also has presented more than a dozen papers at various A&WMA venues, including ACE, Specialty Conferences, and Annual Local Section Meetings.