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HDR’s Sampson Receives International Water Conference Award of Merit

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Dan Sampson

Dan Sampson, principal technical consultant based in HDR’s Walnut Creek, California, office, has been awarded the International Water Conference 2020 Award of Merit. For the past 30 years, the IWC has presented this award to honor an outstanding individual in the field of industrial water technology. Winners are selected from a list of nominees recommended by the Advisory Council and the IWC Executive Committee.

Sampson has built his knowledge of power, steam, water, wastewater and reuse systems over 40 years. His work experience includes a large variety of industrial and municipal water projects, usually as the technical and process lead. His many papers and presentations have contributed significantly to knowledge in the industry. 

"Dan is not only a leader in the industry but is someone who inspires and mentors others to grow their own careers in the industry," said Colleen Scholl, HDR’s power generation water practice lead. "He embodies the title of a true leader by going out of his way to assist others and share his vast knowledge of industrial water treatment freely."

Sampson has been active within the IWC for over 20 years. He’s published over 60 articles, papers and guidelines. He earned the inaugural IWC Best Overall Paper Award in 2018 for his presentation titled, "A Rock and a Hard Place — Managing Use of Ammonia-Laden Recycled Water." He’s also active with many users’ groups, water reuse organizations and industrial advisory organizations. 

"Like those who have come before me, I don’t believe that knowledge is power," said Sampson. "I believe that knowledge is a raw material — the only raw material that grows when it’s shared. That’s really what the IWC and this award mean to me. It’s a recognition that the best we can do is helps others by sharing what we know."

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