Guest Speakers

The program committee is pleased to announce the Guest Speakers for this year’s 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium:

(see also program schedule)

Critical Considerations for Successfully Transitioning to a “Smart Utility”: Implementing Intelligent Water Systems
Corey Williams and Barry Liner will deliver a talk about the next generation of utility employees and customers. In the coming years, the growing population and workforce will shift from Baby Boomers to the emergence of Millennials.  With this change in atmosphere, society is demanding an instantaneous and on-demand life style.  Smart Utilities, or Intelligent Water Systems (IWS), seek to leverage this demand for knowledge in as close to real time, in order to provide valuable services to their customers and more efficiently and effectively manage their infrastructure. – view abstract

Hands-On Instrumentation Workshop
Charles Aycock, Melody White, Tracy Doane-Weideman, Bob Dabkowski and Steve Smith will provide vendor-neutral fundamentals of analyzers along with how they can be integrated into different strategies for process control in water and wastewater processes.  Hands-on exercises will be used to demonstrate analyzer technology limitations, misapplications, and trouble-shooting.  Proper instrument placement for different process configurations will also be presented. – view abstract

AWWA Current News and Trends
Michael Sweeney will cover a variety of topics of regional and national interest to the water industry, including water conservation monitoring and performance and near term and long-term water quality and supply concerns in Central Florida.

About the Speakers:

Corey Williams, WWAC2017 Guest Speaker

Corey Williams, WWAC2017 Guest Speaker

Corey Williams currently serves as President and CEO of Optimatics, a metaheuristic optimization software provider for the water industry.    Prior to his role at Optimatics, Corey served for ten (10) years as Vice President and General Manager of Inflection Point Solutions, a software development and management consulting firm also serving the water industry and for thirteen (13) years at Black & Veatch leading the firm’s Utility Information Systems Department.

With comprehensive experience in both business and technology strategies, Corey understands the challenges faced by today’s utility and is able to translate the corresponding needs to viable technology solutions.  He has served as Project Manager or Executive-in-Charge of over 125 projects for water utilities in the US, Australia, and Europe.

Corey has authored more than seventy-five (75) papers and conference presentations and is active in many industry professional associations and research initiatives related to the application of technology to drive business value in utilities.  Highlights include:

  • Co-Founder and Moderator: Water and Wastewater CIO Forum  (2006-present)
  • Co-Founder and Moderator: Water and Wastewater CFO Forum (2015-present)
  • Co-Author, Water Environment Federation:  Automation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities, Manual of Practice 21, 4th Edition (2013)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Water Research Foundation:  High Performing Information Systems Aligned with Utility Business Strategy (2011)
  • Co-Author, Water Environment Federation: Information Technology in Water and Wastewater Facilities, Manual of Practice 33 (2010)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Water Research Foundation:  Optimizing Information Technology Solutions for Water Utilities (2009)

Corey is a registered Professional Engineer in Kansas with a degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University.


Barry Liner, WWAC2017 Guest Speaker

Barry Liner, WWAC2017 Guest Speaker

Barry Liner, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE is the director of WEF’s Water Science & Engineering Center. Since joining WEF in 2010, he has been responsible for leading WEF’s innovation initiative, including the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC, the world’s largest water quality conference. He also represents the water sector on the development of the ISA certification, Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP).

Before WEF, Liner served as Assistant Professor and Director of International Engineering Programs at George Mason University, where he founded Engineers for International Development and also helped develop and deliver a groundbreaking Public Sector Entrepreneurship graduate program for the US Army Corps of Engineers. A licensed Lead Appraiser by the CMMI Institute, he has led nearly 50 CMMI appraisals, including the world’s first CMMI for Services appraisal to be quality approved by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).  Previously, he led change management efforts at AEM Corporation and managed support regulatory support projects for the USEPA’s Office of Water and IT projects for both public and private sector clients.

Liner also worked at Black & Veatch, where he delivered management consulting services focusing on operational efficiency, public private partnerships, benchmarking and strategic finance to over 30 water and wastewater utilities and research organizations throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. He also served at the World Bank, developing a protocol to monitor and evaluate progress towards the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals. Liner began his professional career as a product manager for a water quality instrumentation manufacturer.

Barry earned his Ph.D. in IT & Civil Engineering from George Mason University. He received a graduate certificate in business administration from Georgetown University, an MS in urban systems engineering from George Mason University, and graduated with BA in economics from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and board certified environmental engineer (BCEE).



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Charles Aycock, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Charles Aycock has been with the City of Roseville for over 20 years. During this time he has managed numerous capital, development and technology projects for the City’s water and wastewater utilities. Charles is a member of AWWA, WEF, ISA, and NFPA, and is a WEF Automation and Information Technology Committee member.






Melody White, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Melody White, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Melody White is an Application Development Manager for the Hach Company.  She has been with Hach since 2003 and has assisted operators both in the USA and all over the world in learning new technologies and processes, solving problems, and just doing things better.  Melody holds BS & MS in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University and is a Licensed Colorado Drinking Water and Wastewater Operator.







Tracy Doane-Weidman, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Tracy Doane-Weidman, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Tracy Doane-Weideman is currently the USA National Product Manager for Endress+Hauser, Inc. for liquid and gas analysis products. She has 25+ years of experience in laboratory and process analytical instrumentation been with E+H for 12 years.  Tracy holds undergraduate degrees in Environmental Laboratory Sciences and Biochemistry with a Masters in Management and Statistical Process Control. Prior to joining E+H, she positions as Global Product Manager, Research Applications Laboratory Manager and Applications Chemist for Teledyne Isco where she was employed for 14 years.





Bob Dabkowski, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Bob Dabkowski, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Bob Dabkowski is a licensed wastewater operator in state of Colorado. He is a member of the WEF Automation & Information Technology Committee and authors of WEF’s Basic Lab Practices Manual and MOP21 Automation of Wastewater Treatment Facilities. He received Bachelor’s of science in Fishery Biology and is employed by Hach Company since 1999. In those 18 years, personally consulted with hundereds of different treatment plants for process analysis and control. He also authored several papers, articles and application notes on process control and automation including many WEFTEC papers, WE&T and other periodical articles.




Steve Smith, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Steve Smith, WWAC2017 Instrumentation Instructor

Steve Smith has spent the past 25 years working in process instrumentation and control, with industry leading Fortune 500 companies. His resume includes Emerson Process Management; FMC Corporation; Helix Technology; HACH Co. Steven also spent time as a Plant Web specialist working with Delta V control systems, and working with a Visible/Near-infrared Spectrometer company in Product Management. Currently, Steven works for Endress+Hauser USA, a leading supplier of industrial instrumentation and analytical technology and solutions.

Steven obtained his BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Steven is currently Senior Product Marketing Manager – Analytical for Endress+Hauser USA, responsible for technology application, business development and product management over a wide range of analytical products.



Michael Sweeney, WWAC2017 Guest Speaker

Michael Sweeney, PhD is the Deputy Executive Director of Toho Water Authority and has 30 years’ experience with water and wastewater utilities serving Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville. He has also provided consulting services in the areas of utility management and technology throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a registered professional engineer and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in Public Health from Indiana University. Memberships include ISA, AWWA and WEF. He is a member of the AWWA Utility Benchmarking Steering Committee.





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Tom Devine, WWAC2017 Guest Speaker

Thomas Devine, CEM, CAP, LEED AP from GHD Consulting Engineering Services Inc. has more than 25 years of consulting engineering experience; specializing in the evaluation, planning, design, construction, and startup of power distribution, control and instrumentation systems for municipal, industrial, and commercial facilities. He has also managed the firm’s Energy Service activities and has been responsible for over 45 energy audits and renewable energy projects at municipal water and wastewater facilities.  He was the subject matter expert on the team that developed the Energy Benchmark Index for water and wastewater treatment facilities for the Water Research Foundation that is used by the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star program, and he holds a patent for PumpCheckr; a real-time pump efficiency meter system that uses a set of algorithms to calculate the efficiency of pumps operating within pumping systems so that infrastructure managers within the water, energy and resource sectors can identify pumps operating at sub-optimal levels and rectify them in a timely manner.

He has held many volunteer leadership positions within ISA at both the local Section and Society level.  He is currently serving in his second term as ISA Society Treasurer and also serves on the boards of, the Automation Federation and the Automation Standards Compliance Institute.

Tom will lead a brief discussion outlining tools and resources available from ISA for automation professionals working in the water and wastewater sectors.