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Southeast Texas AWWA

2015 Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year Nominees


Engineer of the Year Nominee - Drew Molly

Drew is an Assistant Director in the Drinking Water Operations Branch at the City of Houston where he has served for the last 9 years.  Drew has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.  He also maintains a Class A Water Operator’s License.  

Prior to joining the City of Houston, Drew spent almost 10 years as a consultant working in a variety of civil engineering fields, including geotechnical, environmental, and water resource disciplines.  

At the City of Houston, Drew manages the existing 80 MGD Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) and also serves as the Utilities Senior O&M Advisor for the NEWPP Expansion Project.  This mega-project, currently estimated at $1.1 billion will involve expanding the facility by 320 MGD using a Progressive Design-Build delivery approach.

Drew is an active member of the Southeast Chapter of the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (TAWWA).  He served as the Chapter president during the 2014 calendar year, and was recently elected as a Deputy Trustee to the Texas Section. 

Drew has presented papers at various conferences around the country, several of which included the 2013 AWWA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado and the 2009 and 2013 Conferences in Galveston, Texas. 

Outside of his professional career, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and has a passion for running and hiking in remote wilderness areas.

Young Engineer of the Year Nominee - Jonathan Sandhu

Jonathan Sandhu is currently a senior engineer for Brown and Caldwell’s industrial water division, working to improve water and wastewater infrastructure throughout Texas. Over the course of his career, Jonathan has had the privilege of being involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from one of the largest water treatment plants in the United States, to water reclamation projects, to the very treatment plants in his community.

In addition to serving as the Young Professionals Chair for the Southeast Texas Section of the American Water Works Association, Jonathan is a mentor to a high school FIRST robotics team (go Team 2357!), enjoys volunteering at the Houston Food Bank and with Relay for Life. Jonathan received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri.





P R E S S   R E L E A S E                                                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 8, 2015



The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently announced that it is establishing its first International Community AWWAIndia.  The office will open in India in spring 2015. To assist AWWA, a national committee of advisors has been established and two local engineers, Showri Nandagiri and Sunil Kommineni have been selected by AWWA to be a part of this prestigious Advisory Committee.

Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of drinking water.

Showri, a native of Hyderabad, is a long time resident of the greater Houston area.  Showri retired from the City of Houston as Deputy Director and City Engineer in Public Works and is currently working with the North Harris County Regional Water Authority. He is very active in various professional organizations and served as the Vice President of the AWWA Southeast Chapter, as well as the Vice President of the American Society of Indian Engineers in Houston. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Sunil, also a native of Hyderabad, is a long time resident of Houston and a national expert in drinking water quality and treatment.  He is a Vice President with KIT Professionals, Inc. a Houston-based consulting firm that specializes in water and wastewater professional engineering services.  He has been a past President of the AWWA Southeast Chapter and Past Chair of the AWWA Membrane Technology Research Committee. Sunil has a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.

In comments made during the Indian Water Works Association’s Annual Convention in Kolkata, AWWA CEO David LaFrance said that the newly created AWWAIndia is an important step in achieving the Association’s vision of a “better world through better water.”  “AWWA and the water professionals of India have had a long and proud working relationship, and AWWA is excited about developing its first International Community there,” LaFrance said.  “We want to be part of the local community rather than a partner from afar.”

AWWA anticipates introducing AWWAIndia’s first executive manager in the coming months.  In addition to opening an office, the executive manager’s initial focus will be to build a community of water professionals who collaborate to support public health, environmental protection and best management practices.  AWWAIndia will also develop training for operators and managers.

The Advisory Committee for AWWA/India consists of a team of five members and will be closely assisting the India Water Works Association (IWWA) in their efforts to create standards and training programs related to water and wastewater management.