Local engineers receive awards from Keystone Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

Local engineers receive awardsThe Keystone Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers recently honored John R. Ackerman, P.E., P.G., BCEE, F.NSPE, with the Chapter’s Engineer of the Year award and Walter J. Poplawski, P.E., F.NSPE, with the Robert P. Eble, P.E., PLS, Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to the Chapter.

Ackerman was recognized for his concept and design for a water harvesting and purification system that received a U.S. patent last year. A resident of Hazle Township, Ackerman is president of Twin Oaks Water Systems, Inc., also located in Hazle Township. His RainMaker concept can produce potable water from unconventional sources ranging from hypersaline product water from oil and gas production to abandoned mine water to virtually any polluted water.

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Twin Oaks Water Systems Wins Award in 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Innovation Contest

ASCE CertificateTwin Oaks Water Systems' RainMaker water harvester has been selected as the "Best Value in Green Engineering” in the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Innovation Contest.

Twin Oaks’ President John R. Ackerman, PE, PG, BCEE, F.NSPE, M.ASCE of Hazle Township, and Director of Operations Al Handy, PE, of Blairstown, NJ, received their award certificates at a recent event at ASCE’s world headquarters in Reston, Virginia, where Ackerman presented a paper entitled "Water Harvesting from Unconventional, Non-Potable Sources.”

The annual ASCE Innovation Contest is part of the ASCE Grand Challenge, where civil engineers from around the world are taking a pledge to meet the Grand Challenge goal of cutting infrastructure life-cycle costs in half by 2025. ASCE Innovation Contest solutions revolved around four key elements: life-cycle cost analysis, performance-based standards, resilience, and innovation.

“Innovation is interesting because one of the things is it sometimes takes a little bit longer to consider. Innovation doesn’t happen in that fast framework of things you’re familiar with in your routine,” said Kristie Dunkin, a managing director for the Chambers Group in Santa Ana, CA. “It happens in the times when you can sit back and think about something. One of the fundamental approaches is to give people some time to think about things.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.

The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic Institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.

For more information on the contest and award winners, visit http://news.asce.org/innovation-contest-winners-showcase-forward-thinking-ideas/.

For more information on Twin Oaks Water Systems, Inc., visit http://www.twinoaks.biz/Services/water-harvesting.html.

Pictured below are diagrams of the two-trailer Model OG RainMaker water harvester unit.

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Handy Named Principal Civil Engineer

alfred-g-handy-jr-peAlfred G. Handy, Civil Engineering Manager, has been appointed Principal - Civil Engineering for the firm.

Mr. Handy brings a wealth of management experience to the executive management of Twin Oaks.

Twin Oaks Attends U.S.-Saudi Investment Forum

John Ackerman, PE, PG, President of Twin Oaks Research Centre, Inc., was invited to attend the U.S.-Saudi Investment Forum  - 2015 on September 4th.  The Forum was held at the Ritz-Carleton in Washington, DC.  Over 700 attendees were present.

Pleanary Session

The Forum was held in conjunction with the visit to the United States of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.  The highlight of the Forum was the Ministerial Plenary Discussion on the Fostering an Attractive Investment Climate.  The ministers comprising the Plenary Panel included: H.E. Irbrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; H.E. Tawfig Alrabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Health; and H.E. Abdullahtif Al-Othman, Governor and Chairman of the Board of SAGIA.

In conjunction with the Forum the "Invest Saudi" Exhibition was held by the Saudi Export Development Authority with leading Saudi companies like Saudi Aramco and the Saline Water Conversion Company present along with numerous Saudi Government organizations.  Mr. Ackerman discussed the Research Centre's new desalinization technology with many of the exhibitors.

"Jeepin' Al" Shows His Heart

Wounded WarriorsThe line of Jeeps that would carry the Veterans on a 2 hour trail ride.

On August 29, 2014, Twin Oaks Principal in Charge of Civil Engineering attended the "Wheelers for the Wounded" event in northern New Jersey.

Volunteers provide the opportunity for local veterans to experience a much deserved day of adventure and relaxation in the outdoors. The day starts with a continental breakfast followed by a JEEP ride through the woods of northern New Jersey. They ended their ride with a hot lunch of pulled pork, BBQ ribs, chicken and all the fixin's.

Wheelers for the Wounded-NJ was formed seven years ago and this year had 167 Veterans/families, drivers and volunteers attend.

Wheelers for the Wounded is a nation-wide event that provides a weekend of off-roading for both wounded and non-wounded military veterans.  This excellent multi-state program was conceived by Jason Havlik, a Gulf War veteran.

Al and Jimmy"Jeepin' Al" and his Veteran son, Jimmy with Al's Jeep


Shickshinny Names Twin Oaks Borough Engineer

The Borough of Shickshinny, Luzerne County, recently named Twin Oaks Consulting, LLC as the Borough's Consulting Engineer for the remainder of 2015.

Shickshinny, located along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, covers 0.4 square miles and has a population in excess of 900 residents.

Ackerman Steps down as CPAC Chairman

John R. Ackerman, P.E., P.G., BCEE, F.NSPE stepped down as chairman of PADEP's Certification Program Advisory Committee for Water and Wastewater Operators at the annual reorganization meeting after thirteen years of chairing the Committee.  Mr. Ackerman agreed to accept nomination and election as Vice-Chairman.  He was succeeded as chairman by Paul Zielinski, P.E., Senior Director for PA American Water Company.


Ackerman Serves on Ethics Panel

John R. Ackerman, P.E., P.G. served on a six member panel to discuss ethical practices and the career paths they have experienced to the Wilkes University Student Chapter of the Keystone Northeast Chapter, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers in Wilkes-Barre, PA the evening of March 10, 2015.

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Twin Oaks Meets the World

John Ackerman, President of Twin Oaks Research Centre, Inc., attended the 16th Annual "Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania" business trade event sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance and the Center for Trade Development of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Mr. Ackerman engaged in conversations about the markets for water harvesting through desalinization and wastewater treatment with trade advisors from Saudi Arabia, the Arab Gulf, Singapore, India, Australia, Chile, Mexico, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The event was held at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township, Luzerne County.