Duperon Corporation, leader in innovative preliminary liquids/solids separation systems, today announced that Duperon President Mark Turpin has joined the Berg Business Board. The Berg Business Board is a group of area businessmen and women who lend their expertise, advice, and support to Heidelberg University students. By providing resources, evaluating programmes, and offering internship positions, the board offers valuable industry experience and makes connections between classes and real jobs.
“It’s an honour to serve the Berg Business Board and a pleasure to bring together two of my passions – the water industry and the next generation of water leaders,” said Turpin. “Not only do I get to work with the students at Heidelberg University, my alma mater, but serving on Berg Business Board will also bring me closer to the National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR). Strengthening the connections between Heidelberg University students and the water industry while also partnering with the NCWQR to improve Heidelberg’s water science curriculum is a wonderful personal opportunity to support and nurture the future leaders of the water industry.”
Initially, Turpin will collaborate with Laura Johnson, director of the NCWQR, Bryan Smith, dean of The School of Natural Sciences and Allied Health Sciences, and others at Heidelberg University to improve the curriculum for their new Watershed Science concentration for Environmental Science. They will work together to develop ideas on how to expand the program into a stand-alone major.
On April 4, Johnson will present Nutrients – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about HABs in the Great Lakes at the WWEMA (Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association) 46th Washington Forum. Turpin, who served as chairman of WWEMA from December 2016 to January 2018, will host a luncheon connecting Johnson with water equipment manufacturers to facilitate a dialogue that will help strengthen Heidelberg’s water science curriculum.
NCWQR director Laura Johnson is an expert in nutrient and sediment export from headwater streams to large watersheds. Johnson is involved in issues in Lake Erie and the Ohio River Watershed, specialising in aquatic biogeochemistry, stream and river ecology, anthropogenic impacts on water resources and microbial ecology. The NCWQR supports the sustainable use of soil and water resources and helps protect human health and the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems through research, monitoring, education, and outreach. The team performs research such as chemical analysis of freshwater samples, biological assessment of aquatic communities, and watershed modelling throughout the Great Lakes region. The NCWQR has been at the forefront of the algae crisis in northwest Ohio.