Steve Aiken earns highest MWEA honour

Dedicated to the water and wastewater industry for more than half a century, Duperon regional sales manager Steve Aiken has been named recipient of the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence. As the highest MWEA honour, the award is reserved for individuals of character who have demonstrated exemplary service to the MWEA and made contributions to the water environment field.

“I leaped headfirst into the wastewater sector in 1971 and have never looked back,” said Aiken. “It has been a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. I am humbled to receive this award and hope my commitment to clean water lives on.”

Since 2010, Aiken has been with US adaptive screening technologies company Duperon Corporation, where he helps customers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin identify solutions to meet screening and processing needs. He credits his success to firsthand experience gained in prior roles, including his first job as plant operator, to later serving as superintendent and later as a consulting engineer.

A prior president of MWEA and a longtime member of the Select Society for Sanitary Sludge Shovelers, Aiken has remained active with both the local and national Water Environment Federation (WEF) chapters, where he received the Sheppard Award, Quarter Century Operator and Arthur Sidney Bedel Award. He was also recognised in 2017 with the MWEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aiken accepts his award at the Leadership Celebration Luncheon as part of the 2023 MWEA annual conference

Attendees included Aiken, several members of his family, and Duperon national sales manager Lorene Bruns.