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UTA Civil Engineering Grad Receives National Award

November 3, 2003

Rebecca Patterson Guthrie, who earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999, received the first Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award presented by the Water Environment Federation. The award was presented October 14 during the federation’s national convention in Los Angeles.

Members of the Water Environment Association of Texas nominated Guthrie for the award in recognition of her contributions to the water environment field. She had previously won the 2002 Water Environment Association of Texas’ Emerging Leader Award.

Guthrie serves as co-chairperson of the Water Environment Association of Texas’ Young Professionals Committee since its inception in the summer of 2000, as well as a member of the association’s Long Range Planning Committee, the Executive Committee. She is currently secretary for the North Texas Section and is a member of the Planning Committee for the 2002 and 2003 International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition. She also helped to develop new association membership recruiting materials, presented technical papers at local conferences and planned many activities for Young Professionals in Texas.

Guthrie is an Engineer in Training with the City of Denton, where she designs capital improvement projects. She is working on a master’s degree in public administration at the University of North Texas.

The Water Environment Federation’s membership consists of water quality professionals from 79 associations in more than 30 countries, working to preserve and enhance the global water environment. Their flagship issues are wastewater, industrial wastewater, biosolids and watershed.