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VWEA’s President-Elect, Phill Yi named WEF Outstanding Young Professional

Friday, September 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathy Rabalais

It with great pleasure that we share that Phill Yi, Hazen and Sawyer was selected by the Water Environment Federation as the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Young Water Professional Award.  The award is given to a WEF member that is 35 years of age or younger who has demonstrated contributions to enhancing the activities of the Water Environment Federation, contributions to WEF Member Associations and to WEF Committees and improvement in the fundamental knowledge of performance of wastewater collection and treatment systems, water resource protection and research on issues important to the water environment.

Phill has served in many leadership positions within VWEA during his career.  He has served as chair of WaterJAM, the VWEA Education Committee and the Northern VA Regional Activities Committee. In 2017, Phill served as the YP Board Representative for VWEA. In this role, he engaged with both students and YPs to grow their engagement and participation in the industry.  Additionally, in 2016 he was a graduate of the WEF Leadership Institute.   Phill joined the VWEA Board in 2018 as an officer and currently serves as President-Elect.

Through his participation at WEFTEC, the Nutrient Removal Conference, and WaterJAM, Phill has shared his wealth of knowledge. As a result, he is highly published and consulted. Phill has been recognized for his work by being inducted into the Virginia Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers in 2016 and being selected for the VWEA/VA AWWA Young Professional Award in 2014.

Since the inception of the WEF Outstanding Young Professional Award in 2005, VWEA members have been selected for the honor on four occasions. 

2008 – Dr. Charles Bott, HRSD

2010 - John McGettigan, Greeley and Hansen

2016 - Lauren Zuravnsky, HRSD

2019 - Phill Yi, Hazen and Sawyer


Congratulations to Phill and all of our Virginia past winners on this distinguished honor.

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