It’s not just about technical expertise, but personal integrity. For the past 36 years, APAI’s principal Betty Jordan has taken an active role in developing creative approaches to a variety of challenging engineering projects. As she likes to say, “my heart’s in sewage,” and we’re glad it is! Betty is one of the true characters in our industry.
The Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) has recognized Betty for her extraordinary efforts and commitment to the clean water environment as the recipient of the WEAT’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was presented with the award at the 2016 Texas Water Conference Luncheon held at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Wednesday, April 20th.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continual and tireless contributions toward the improvement of the water environment throughout a long and distinguished career in the wastewater treatment industry and in WEAT/WEF. In 2015, Betty was also recognized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Board of Trustees as a WEF Fellow. Betty is a past president of WEAT and her history with WEAT/WEF runs deep.
Betty is a popular speaker and frequently presents papers at local, state, and national conferences. She played an active role in developing the technical program for the WEAT’s state conferences for several decades, beginning in the 1980s. She’s served in many leadership roles in both the local and state organizations. She served as the WEAT delegate to the WEF House of Delegates and on the Water Environment Federation’s Board of Trustees.
A shameless extortionist, she annually collects several thousand dollars for the Water for People (WFP) raffle at the Texas Water Conference. WFP awarded her the Kenneth J. Miller Award for service and the Robert Hite Award for Leadership.
Betty also takes an active role in her church, teaching Sunday school and Bible studies. Some of her interests and hobbies include travel, cooking, and camping. She has organized a number of international trips for friends within the engineering community and spends much of her vacation time visiting foreign cities, trying out new foods, and making friends around the world. Recently, she discovered and fell in love with Key West, FL. She lives with the two most spoiled cats in the universe.
One of Betty’s many great attributes is that she enjoys people and likes to help them discover and develop their own skills to the best of their ability. A cheerleader for the young professionals in our industry, she frequently states that, “our industry is alive and well with a very bright future!”
Please join us in congratulating Betty on this achievement!