Alumnus receives award

Washington State University alumnus James H. Clark (’75 Civil Engr., ’76 M.A. Civil Engr.)received a WSU Alumni Achievement Award at an alumni award reception held at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the Pullman campus Friday, Oct. 15.

Clark, a resident of Glendale, Calif, is vice president and senior project manager of Black & Veatch Corp. At age 38, he became the youngest partner in the global engineering/construction firm that has more than 9,000 employees and $2 billion in annual revenues.

From the Los Angeles office, Clark manages  planning, design and operations projects for many of the company’s premier water and wastewater clients in North America. He was the senior project engineer and project manager on the design of the city of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant. The 15-year, $1.1 billion wastewater treatment and water works project was named one of the 10 most outstanding public work projects of the 20th
century by the American Public Works Association, along with the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam and the Panama Canal.

In 2001, Clark was elected president of the Water Environment Federation. The WEF includes water quality professionals from 31 countries. He received the WEF’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 1996 for outstanding personal service to the water quality industry.

Well-known among water engineers in every continent, he was appointed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to the nine-member international Nominating Committee for the Stockholm Water Prize, considered the Nobel
Prize for the environment. In addition to extensive experience in water, wastewater and wastewater residuals, he has done work in air emissions treatment planning.

Clark has written more than 20 publications and given more than 50 presentations at technical conferences around the world. He has been
elected to life membership in the International Water Academy.

Clark received the department of civil and environmental engineering Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer Award in 1985.

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