2018 A&WMA Outstanding Young Professional Award -- Miller

The Outstanding Young Professional Award recognizes an individual who is pursuing excellence in their career and has made a valuable contribution to A&WMA by serving in a leadership position. To be eligible, a candidate must be a young professional working in the environmental profession. A young professional is defined by the Association as being 35 years of age or younger.

Any Association member can submit nominations for this award. The nominee's contribution to A&WMA must be documented to include leadership at the local level and/or the international level. Evidence may be provided in the form of references containing personal testimonies or corroboration of committee, section, chapter, and/or council experiences; commendations from the Board of Directors and/or other professional associations or societies; commendations from governmental and/or private sector groups.

Selection will be based on how the individual provided leadership for the A&WMA at the local (Section, Chapter) level and/or the international (Association) level, and how the individual is actively pursuing excellence in his or her environmental career

A&WMA commends the following individuals and awards them the Outstanding Young Professional Award in 2018:

Paul Algu
Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller works for SLR International Corporation in Baton Rouge, LA. In her current role as a Senior Air Quality Scientist, she is responsible for air permitting, reporting, and compliance for numerous facilities across the Gulf Coast region. She previously worked for ExxonMobil as the air permitting renewals Coordinator for both the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant and the Baton Rouge Refinery. Her responsibilities included coordination of environmental permitting and compliance while working with the divisions within ExxonMobil to accomplish both long- and short-term goals. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Miller worked for over six years at PPM Consultants Inc., overseeing Title V permitting, annual compliance, and daily environmental issues for facilities in Louisiana and surrounding states.

Miller is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU) and still enjoys working for LSU Sports Information every football season. She has been married to Brandon Miller for seven years. They share an active life in Baton Rouge revolving around his custom drum company and musician clients, spending time with close family and friends, and being involved in their church family.

Miller has been a member of the Louisiana Section of A&WMA since 2008, when she joined as a student member of the LSU Chapter. At the local chapter level, she served as the Young Professionals (YP) Chair (2013-2016) and was responsible for the coordination of all YP events, including the Annual Young Professionals Golf Tournament held each spring. Through the success of this tournament, the Louisiana Section was able to send 11 YPs to the A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition during her four years with the tournament. The tournament continues to thrive and will be hosting the 9th Annual A&WMA Young Professional Golf Tournament in May 2019.

Miller has also been involved at the International Association level, as a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC), serving as a member of the Vitality Committee (2013-2014), the 2016 ACE Liaison, and currently as the Local Support Committee Chair (since January 2017). She served on the Local Host Committee for the 2016 ACE held in New Orleans.  As the YP chair, she was responsible for the planning and coordination of all YP events, including the coordination of “YP Wednesday.” The organization of this effort led to a full day of events focused on YPs. She continues to stay active in the Louisiana Section, currently serving as Vice Chair (2017-2018), and will assume the role of Chair of the Louisiana Section in 2019.

Miller’s continued involvement shows her passion for the future of A&WMA. She is continually working with others for new ideas on how to improve events and get people involved in the Association. She is dedicated to helping A&WMA meet its visionary goal to be recognized as the leading organization for the exchange of global environmental knowledge, ideas, and solutions. She believes that the neutral forum provided by this organization will continue to be the best platform available for exchanging knowledge for years to come.