The Water Tower Institute (TWTI), a 501(c)3 organization, focuses on The Water Tower's programming in applied research, technology innovation, workforce development, and community engagement.
Dr. Paul Bowen recently retired from The Coca-Cola Company where he served in various capacities. His 20 plus year career included roles in CCNA as a technical expert on water/wastewater treatments, a role as a Global Technical Lead in water/wastewater and a leadership role as Director of Sustainable Operations. His primary focus was on improving water efficiency, developing water reuse, and promoting compliance with corporate wastewater standards. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, he was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and a Vice-President with Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. Paul served on the Water Environment Federation Board of Trustees and also served as WEF President. Currently he is retired in Clemson, SC, works part-time for GHD.
Dr. Daigger is currently Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan and President and Founder of One Water Solutions, LLC, a water engineering and innovation firm. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CH2M HILL (now Jacobs) where he was employed for 35 years, as well as Professor and Chair of Environmental Systems Engineering at Clemson University. Actively engaged in the water profession through major projects, and as author or co-author of more than 200 technical papers, five books, and several technical manuals, he contributes to significantly advance practice within the water profession. He has advised many of the major cites of the world, including New York, Los Angles, San Francisco, Detroit, Singapore, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Beijing. Deeply involved in professional activities, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Water Research Reuse Foundation (WRF), and a Past President of the International Water Association (IWA). The recipient of numerous awards, including the Kappe, Freese, and Feng lectures and the Harrison Prescott Eddy, Morgan, and the Gascoigne Awards, and the Pohland Medal, he is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Distinguished Fellow of IWA, and a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). A member of a number of professional societies, Dr. Daigger is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineers.
Dr. Gibbs currently serves as the department head of CERM’s Environmental Business Group. Dr. Gibbs has over 19 years of progressive and diverse environmental sustainability experience, specializing in water resources. Specific areas of expertise include water/sewer/stormwater infrastructure design and management, reservoir site yield analysis, utility operations and management, water and sewer master planning, watershed and source water assessments, and water and sewer utility operations and program management. An active community advocate, Dr. Gibbs’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the South DeKalb YMCA Board of Directors and as board chair for the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation.
Dr. Chris Impellitteri serves as the Associate National Program Director for EPA Office of Research and Development’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program. He leads EPA research on water treatment and infrastructure that focuses on comprehensive water management in support of EPA’s Program and Regional Offices and State partners for protecting water resources. His current research focuses on drinking water (lead and PFAS), wastewater (SARSCoV2 monitoring, biosolids management), water reuse (fit-for-purpose reuse), and stormwater management (enhanced aquifer recharge, green infrastructure).
Linda MacGregor is the Director of Water Resources for the city of Gainesville Georgia. The $80M utility provides water service to 58,000 customers throughout Hall County as well as wastewater and stormwater services in the City. Prior to joining the city in 2016, Ms. MacGregor served as the Chief of Watershed Protection at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Water Resources Director at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. She did master planning, design, and project management during her 20+ years in consulting engineering. She enjoys genealogy, piano, and sports car racing. She holds a degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is a licensed professional engineer.
Nick Masino is the President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett, located in Duluth, Georgia. Masino joined Partnership Gwinnett in 2007 and most recently served as Partnership Gwinnett’s Chief Economic Development Officer where he oversaw the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy. To create this community-focused economic development (ED) organization, Masino worked with public and private leadership to commission ED studies in 2011 and 2016; and spearheaded the implementation efforts of the initial plan in 2007—which has since brought approximately 250 company expansions or relocations, more than 23,000 new jobs and more than $1.7 billion in investment to Gwinnett. A leading authority on local and state economic development, Masino is regularly sought after for prominent speaking engagements throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia. In addition, he has spoken internationally, in Incheon and Seoul, South Korea and Wuxi, Chongqing and Qingdao, China, representing Georgia on government, economic development and international business subjects. As a result of his extensive expertise in the economic development arena, Masino is a preferred interviewee for regional and local television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.
Andrew D. Morris currently works on water law, policy, and planning for the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. He previously managed the Governor’s Water Supply Program at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and worked as an associate at the law firm Eversheds Sutherland. He graduated with honors with a JD from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in History from the University of Georgia.
Eileen O’Neill works on issues of water, innovation, and leadership. Before setting up her own company in September 2019, she was Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, (U.S) and the organizer of WEFTEC, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. In that capacity she led a staff of more than 100, oversaw an annual budget of $28+ million, and served as the Secretary of the Federation’s Board of Trustees.
While at WEF for 28 years, Dr. O’Neill served as Executive Director for more than six. During her WEF career, she held a variety of positions overseeing programs including as the only female and non-engineer to have served as WEF’s staff technical lead, its Chief Technical Officer. She believes in the power of research and science and also of partnership and collaboration and brought this to her work at WEF and as an officer of the Water Environment Research Foundation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. She is passionate about growing the cadre of women leaders in the water sector and beyond.
Before joining WEF, Dr. O’Neill worked in academia and environmental consulting in the U.S. and in Europe. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K) and holds the Board Certified Environmental Scientist Credential (with a specialty certification in environmental chemistry) from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists.