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February 8, 2021

Adjunct Associate Professor Joseph Jacangelo, PhD '86, Selected as AWWA's President-electjacangelo awwa

The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors selected adjunct associate professor, Joseph Jacangelo, PhD '86, as the organization's next president-elect.

A Bloomberg School alumni, Jacangelo specializes in water quality and treatment, water and wastewater disinfection, membrane technology, and public health. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and proceedings, and was the first to publish in peer-reviewed literature on how low-pressure membrane filtration could be employed for the treatment of municipal water supplies in the U.S.— a technology that is commonly used throughout the world. 

"Our department of Environmental Health and Engineering has an amazing legacy of water research and civic outreach. In 1942, our own Abel Wolman, 'The Father Sanitary Engineering' also served as president of the AWWA," recalls Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Abel Wolman Professor in Water and Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. 

Jacangelo is co-founder of the JHU/Stantec Alliance, a partnership between the Johns Hopkins Water Institute and Stantec, a major engineering firm where he is vice president and director of research. Established in 2013, the JHU/Stantec Alliance was formed as an approach to provide innovative, sustainable solutions to global environmental issues and natural resource limitations by conducting desktop-, bench-, pilot- and demonstration-scale investigations needed to support sustainability science.

Our department of Environmental Health and Engineering has an amazing legacy of water research and civic outreach. In 1942, our own Abel Wolman, "The Father Sanitary Engineering" also served as president of the AWWA. 

- Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Abel Wolman Professor in Water and Public Health

He has been a member of AWWA for over 35 years, and is a past chair for the Water Reuse Research Foundation board of directors, is a past recipient of numerous professional accolades including the AWWA Golden Spigot award and two AWWA Best Paper awards—he also received the organization’s Volunteer of the Year of award, and also served three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of the Congo.

Jacangelo will begin his term as president-elect in June, and his term as president begins in June 2022. 

“We congratulate Joe on this significant and well-deserved accomplishment and we look forward to our continued collaboration,” says Marsha Wills-Karp, PhD, chair of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. 

Founded in 1881, the American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water, and is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world.