Learn more about the people instrumental to the Water Utility Energy Challenge.

Meet the Advisory Board

Meet the Scientific Board

Meet the Sponsor

Meet the Project Team






Robert Haller is the executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, a role he took on after almost 20 years as a senior municipal administrator - most of those years serving as a CAO for small and medium sized communities.  

Robert leads the CWWA as the national voice for water and wastewater in Ottawa. Most recently, Robert served as a municipal advisor to the RBC Public Attitudes Survey and the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card. Robert recently coauthored “Public Attitudes 2015” as a starting point for public education plans around infrastructure.


Mahesh Lunani is the Founder and CEO of AQUASIGHT, a Real-Time Intelligence and Internet of Things company for the life cycle of water. AQUASIGHT’s patented product and process has been proven in twenty cities across source-to-tap and waste-to-treat cycles. 
Mahesh left the corporate world to pursue his passion in solving big problems in mature industries with innovative and disruptive digital businesses. Prior to taking on an entrepreneurial role, Mahesh was the co-founder of Cognizant Ventures, having incubated and built next generation platforms and was a member of the Strategic Leadership Team at Cognizant Technology Solutions that led the strategy and growth of the overall company.

Mahesh has an MS in Manufacturing Engineering, BS in Industrial Engineering, Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and completed his General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.


Nancy Quirk is the General Manager for Green Bay Water Utility and has been very active with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), currently serving as the International Director for Wisconsin and the Regulatory Chair on AWWA’s Water Utility Council. 

She has previously chaired DNR Liaison, IT/Security, Water Efficiency, Education, Annual Conference, and Regulatory Committees, was a WI Section of AWWA (WIAWWA) board trustee in 2002 and 2003, and chaired the State Section in 2010. Nancy received the Leon Smith award in 2005 and the Fuller Award from AWWA in 2012.

From 1987 to 2003, Nancy worked as a Civil Engineer for the Madison Water Utility, and as the Technical Services Manager at the Waukesha Water Utility from 2003 to 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.



Brenda Scott-Henry is the Director of the City of Gary Departments of Environmental Affairs and Green Urbanism. She is also the MS4 Coordinator for the Gary Storm Water Management District.

Director Scott-Henry has immense knowledge in the areas of environmental compliance, grant writing, revitalization, financial management, economic development, water quality, brownfields, wetlands, protected areas, water quality, and leadership.

Director Scott-Henry holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Project Management and a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development.




Dr. Seth Foldy is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is board certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He is Medical Director of the My Choice Family Care long-term services managed care organization, teaches family practice and public health, and consults in public health and clinical informatics.

Dr. Foldy has served as Milwaukee’s and Wisconsin’s Health Officer, and as Distinguished Consultant at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has been chief medical officer of the Wisconsin Health information Exchange, chief clinical officer of Intellivisit, Inc. and medical director at Cleveland’s MetroHealth System and Milwaukee Health Care for the Homeless.

Dr. Foldy has worked or taught in Eurasia, South Asia, Africa and Central America and is US Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission’s Health Professionals Advisory Board. He is former president of the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine and received the American Public Health Associations Roemer Prize among other honors.




Allison Harris is the director of the Green Consulting division at EcoWorks. She holds a PhD in environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to joining EcoWorks she worked for URS Corp. performing brownfield redevelopment, city energy management, and sustainability planning. She later did a post-doctoral fellowship at Wayne State University studying real-time emissions of electricity production. She is honored to be a part of the EcoWorks team.



Andrea Holthouse Putz, P.E., is the Water Quality Manager for the City of Chicago Department of Water Management where she is lucky enough to spend her days working on her passions - drinking water quality, lead corrosion, water efficiency, and water meters. Andrea has been with the City of Chicago Department of Water Management since 2004. She works at the world’s largest conventional drinking water plant, the Jardine Water Purification Plant (capacity of 1.4 BGD).

Andrea has her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MS and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and Class A Public Water Supply Operator in the State of Illinois.

Andrea has been a member of AWWA since 1998 years and is actively involved in Illinois Section AWWA activities including serving as past Chair of the Young Professionals Steering Committee, a member of the Water Trailer Committee, a member of the WATERCON Technical Program Committee, and most recently as a Trustee. She has also served on the 2010 and 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) Local Planning Committees (Co-Chair for 2016).

Currently, Andrea enjoys the challenge of being on the AWWA Lead and Copper Rule Technical Advisory Workgroup (TAW) and serving as a Project Advisory Committee member for Water Research Foundation research projects. Last but not least, Andrea is a proud member of the Land of Lincoln Ladies Tapping team!


The Great Lakes Protection Fund is pleased to support the Water Utility Energy Challenge as the next step in an innovative pathway to reduce air pollution, and improve water quality, in the Great Lakes region. The Fund also supported the collaborative teams that came together to develop the PEPSO and LEEM technologies. 

Leadership is a hallmark of the Challenge and we urge you to step forward to join the change-makers in the region. 

The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a private, not-for-profit corporation formed in 1989 by the governors of the Great Lakes states. The Fund’s $81 million permanent endowment generates income to support multi-sector, multi-institution teams to create, test, and deploy more effective means to solve Great Lakes problems. 

With a mission to “identify, demonstrate, and promote regional action to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem,” the Fund supports teams that are testing catalytic innovations—new ways of doing new things—that change how people and institutions interact with the Lakes for the better. 

The Fund accepts sizable risks in the quest for outsized ecological reward and we hope you will accept the challenge to reduce energy related emissions, particularly mercury, at your local water utility. The Water Utility Energy and Efficiency Challenge (WUEC), is an innovative program which engages water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation. The competition connects the utilities with new innovative software to help reduce their operations and management costs as well as foster a keen awareness of the associated emissions. 

The inaugural challenge and prize dollars will be focused on the Great Lakes Basin, awarding a $20,000 top prize and $10,000 second prize. There is no cost to enter, and competing utilities will receive software tools and technical assistance to assist them in monitoring and reporting. The competition will run through 2018 with award and cash prizes presented in April 2018.

GLPF website

American Water Works Association

Chad Weikel and Kami Johle Butt

Chad Weikel and Kami Johle Butt have developed and administered multiple training and technical assistance programs to water utilities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and are pleased to provide program oversight and project team support for the Water Utility Energy Challenge. 

Chad is Education & Workforce Manager and Kami is Business Programs Manager.

Wayne State University

Carol Miller

Carol Miller leads a team of researchers at Wayne State University that provides the technical foundations of the PEPSO and LEEM technologies.

Dr. Miller is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Director of Healthy Urban Waters. She has worked as a Professional Engineer and researcher in water infrastructure for more than 30 years.





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Lauren Bigelow

Lauren Bigelow is CEO of Growth Capital Network. Dr. Bigelow supervises all aspects of competition marketing and logistics, and assists in the competition design.







CDM Smith 

Ali Khraizat and Mohsen Sadatiyan

Ali Khraizat and Mohsen Sadatiyan with CDM Smith provide technical assistance, training material for PEPSO, and water utility evaluation. Additionally, Mr. Sadatiyan assisted in the development of PEPSO.

Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative

David Ullrich and Simo
n Belisle 

David Ullrich and Simon Belisle bring a knowledge of people in the field of municipal drinking water management who can appreciate the value of looking for better ways to do their business in a more efficient and sustainable way. Mr. Ullrich and Mr. Belisle will provide guidance and resources to water utilities and the project team throughout the competition.