Susan B. Hier Excellence in Education and Licensing Award Nomination

Susan has served the Operators of Texas throughout her career as a Program Specialist in the Permitting and Registration Support division of TCEQ and predecessor agencies. She was instrumental in setting up the wastewater operator licensing program when it was transferred from the Texas Department of Health to the Texas Water Commission in 1985. Her responsibilities have included development of computer-based testing, policy, and rule development, review of applications and exams, exam administration and outreach, licensing projects and representing the program at training events throughout Texas. Susan volunteers her time and energies to coordinate and Chair the Operations Challenge Process Control event.

Generous in sharing his technical knowledge with others in the water environment arena, Mr. Sieger was involved with many professional associations. He served the Water Environment Federation (WEF) at the national level as Vice-chair of the Residuals and Biosolids Committee, Co-chair of the Bioenergy Subcommittee, and one of the Coordinators for the WEF National Biosolids Partnership. He served as Program Chair for two very successful Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conferences and presented technical papers at several national specialty conferences. He served as a member on the Practice Committee for WEF’s Manual of Practice (MOP) 8 and MOP 11 and as a member of the Awards Committee for WEF. He was a reviewer for several applications for grants as well as a reviewer of ongoing research projects for the Water Environment Research Foundation. As a member of the International Water Association Biosolids Committee, he attended international conferences to assess the latest technology and focused on bringing the latest and most practical ideas and technology to our U.S. technologists.

A candidate for this award should reflect Ms. Hier’s passion and dedication towards service to the Operators of Texas.

General Criteria:
  1. Nominees should be a member of WEAT
  2. Nominees must demonstrate their involvement in WEAT or a related professional organization such as TWUA, TAWWA, or TRWA
  3. Must demonstrate their participation in the advancement of the wastewater or water profession
  4. Nominees must demonstrate their involvement in programs that have provided most if not all of the following:
    1. Mentored professional operators
    2. Assisted Wastewater Professionals in the advancement of their License
    3. Trained Operators in the art and science of wastewater treatment
    4. Served the TCEQ as a subject matter expert
    5. Provided a service or assistance to the Operations Challenge Program
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