Black & Veatch’s Reuss, Hurwitz win coveted awards from key water industry trade group

For much of his four decades at Black & Veatch, Brent Reuss has delivered on water solutions for the global infrastructure company. Less than two years into his Black & Veatch job as a process engineer, Gil Hurwitz has burnished his reputation for membrane technology. Now, both are being honoured by a leading water industry trade group.

Reuss, a civil engineer serving as a Black & Veatch senior vice president and managing director of the East Region water business, has been named the company’s latest recipient of the 83-year-old George Warren Fuller Award. That award goes yearly to American Water Works Association (AWWA) members – designated by sections – for distinguished service to the water supply field.

Named after one of the nation’s most eminent consulting engineers, the Fuller award also commemorates the sound engineering skill, the diplomatic talent and constructive leadership of the association’s members.

Reuss received the award at the recent North Carolina AWWA-WEA conference.

Hurwitz, who joined Black & Veatch in July 2018 after receiving bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, has been named the 2020 winner of the AWWA’s Austin McCormack Jr. Award, which honours young professionals.

McCormick, an American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) pioneer who died in 2014, implemented in 1947 a unique method to remove microscopic particles from industrial process water – a method eventually used widely in the semiconductor industry. His McCormack Corp. later became one of the leading suppliers of ultrapure water systems.

Hurwitz will receive the award during the AWWA/AMTA’s Membrane Technology Conference in March in Phoenix.

Reuss and Hurwitz will be further recognised for the awards at the AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE20) from June 14-17, 2020, in Orlando, Florida.