The IWA Global Water Award
IWAs most prestigious award- The IWA Global Water Award recognises outstanding achievement of any kind in relation to IWA’s activities and field of interest.
The following criteria will form the basis for selection:
• Demonstrated excellence in science, technology, management or policy
• Vision, leadership, knowledge, persistence, creating new directions and opening new fields
• Recognised internationally within the membership of IWA
• Awardees need not be an IWA member
Current Award Holder
R. Rhodes Trussell is the Chairman of the Board and CEO at Trussell Technologies, Inc., a niche-consulting firm specializing in the nexus between water engineering and water science, which he founded in late 2004 with his son, R. Shane Trussell. Since founding Trussell Tech., he has devoted special energy to the development of new sources of water, particularly reuse of municipal wastewater and seawater desalination. .
Prior to founding Trussell Technologies, Inc., Trussell worked for MWH, Inc. He was associated with that firm from 1966 until the middle of 2003. In the last decades of the 20th century he led the firm’s efforts in water treatment and played a central role in the firm’s management team as it expanded from a regional firm of some 100 persons focused on the western U.S. to a global firm of some 6,000 persons. He served as a member of the firm’s executive committee and Board of Directors and led efforts in strategic planning and acquisitions as its Director of Corporate Development. He has been involved in the design of more than 100 water treatment plants and he has been author or co-author of six books and more than 200 publications on water issues. He has served as a member of the Editorial Boards for Environmental Science and Technology, Journal AWWA, and World Water Reuse & Desalination.
For 15 years he provided support for the USEPA Science Advisory Board’s Committee on Drinking Water, first as a consultant, then as a member and finally as Chair. He has also served as a member and chair of the Water Science and Technology Board for the National research Council and as a member, vice chair or chair of eight committees assembled by the NRC to examine on the Nations’s water issues, most recently as chair of the Committee which authored the study, Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation’s Water Supply Through the Reuse of Municipal Wastewater.
In 1995 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineers where he has served on the Peer Committee for Civil Engineers, the Membership Committee, the Membership Policy Committee and the Committee for the Grainger Prize.