The Water Environment Federation (WEF) elected its 2005-2006 officers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Washington, D.C. during a ceremony at WEFTEC®.05, the Federation's 78th annual technical exhibition and conference.

J. Michael Read, vice president of HDR Engineering, Inc. in Portland, Ore. was elected president; Mohamed Dahab, professor and chair of the department of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln became president-elect; Adam Zabinski, first deputy commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities from White Plains, N.Y., was elected vice president; Lynn Orphan, watershed sector leader at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in Reno, Nev., will serve as immediate past president; and Mike Godfrey, supervisor in Environmental Affairs for the Alabama Power Company from Birmingham, Ala., will complete a three-year term as treasurer.

The officers were inducted during the Federation's 64th annual Awards Celebration which recognizes the outstanding achievements of some of the most talented and dedicated professionals in water quality. The Federation presented more than 25 awards and recognized Orphan for her outstanding contributions and service to WEF during the 2004-2005 year. Orphan then conducted the ceremonial "passing of the gavel" to Read who assumed the leadership of WEF for the 2005-2006 year.

WEFTEC.05 drew 18,132 water quality professionals from around the world to learn the latest practices, solutions, regulations, and emerging technologies in their field during the five-day event (Oct. 29 through Nov. 2). The conference featured 111 technical sessions, 25 workshops, 11 interactive facility tours and 876 exhibiting companies using over 214,000 square feet of floor space. WEFTEC®.06, the Federation's 79th annual technical exhibition and conference will be held Oct. 21 through 25, 2006 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

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