Mike Brown, PE, has been elected chair of the Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association’s (PA-AWWA) board of directors. Based in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brown heads Gannett Fleming’s Water Planning Group and leads national Water Practice asset management initiatives. He began his role as chair in April 2015 during PA-AWWA’s 67th Annual Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
As president of PA-AWWA, he will serve the organization’s 2,500 members and lead the organization in its mission to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and enhance quality of life. An active member of PA-AWWA since 2000, Brown has served the organization as vice chair, chair-elect, chair of the Membership Committee, and chair of the Conference Committee. He also serves AWWA on the national level as a member of the Engineering and Computer Applications Committee, the Asset Management Committee, and the Water Utility Council Total Coliform Rule Technical Advisory Committee.
Since joining Gannett Fleming in 1996, Brown has applied his engineering expertise on more than 100 water and wastewater systems throughout the U.S. and internationally, including award-winning projects such as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s statewide water supply system interconnectivity study and Lehigh County Authority’s integrated water system model in Pennsylvania. He is responsible for leading water and wastewater infrastructure studies, facility designs, field inspections and testing, asset management, and computer applications, including hydraulic and water quality modeling.
“As he has done for the past 20 years with Gannett Fleming, Mike will bring passion and the innovative ideas needed to advance the water profession to his new role with AWWA,” said Gene Koontz, PE, a senior vice president with Gannett Fleming and president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Blending activism with technical expertise, Brown has strengthened Gannett Fleming’s reputation as an innovator and thought leader in water resource engineering. He was a 2012 recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award for his commitment to professional excellence, business growth, and community involvement. He also is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences on water and wastewater system asset management, planning, and computer modeling.
Active in his community, Brown was a member of the 2013 Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class, volunteers as a youth baseball and basketball coach, and founded and directs an annual memorial golf outing, which benefits children of the community. A registered engineer in Pennsylvania, Brown holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Lehigh University.