Uma Vempati Receives George Warren Fuller Award from American Water Works Association

Sep 20, 2018


ISG Associate Principal and Water Solutions leader recognized for exemplary industry leadership and commitment to international water solutions

September 21, 2018 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Uma Vempati, PE, PMP, ENV SP, recently received the George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) at the organization’s Minnesota September 2018 conference in Duluth, Minnesota. Uma, Associate Principal and Water Solutions leader at ISG, joins the ranks of other notable American water solutions professionals who have been honored over the organization’s 100+ year history. The annual award recognizes winners for “distinguished service in the water supply field and in commemoration of the sound engineering skill and the constructive leadership of a person in the Association,” as described by the AWWA.

Surrounded by drinking water related challenges in his native home in Southern India, Uma sought a career that encapsulated his childhood passion; to proactively address water related challenges and make a positive environmental impact. After earning his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India, Uma moved with his family to the U.S. to pursue his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University; a University in which ISG has direct engagement with, supporting numerous recent alumns. Since joining the firm, Uma has served as an instrumental leader in building the firm’s water solutions team, and empowering more than 100 engineers, operators, and designers.

“Uma understands the importance and urgency of our planet’s water challenges and seeks to solve those issues every day,” applauds Chad Surprenant, PE, ISG President | CEO. “He’s not one to boast or seek credit for his work – he merely views it as the right thing to do. However, that is what makes this award so fitting for Uma, a resolute and passionate water expert. Collectively, we are fortunate to have his dedication to this natural resource,” notes Chad.

Earlier this year, Uma presented at the AWWA’s India Chapter Annual Conference in Mumbai, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the AWWA between 2014 and 2017. Uma was also awarded the 2016 Andrew Sullivan Outstanding Leadership Award from the Minnesota Chapter of AWWA, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of AWWA’s Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee (DMIC). He is a member of Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Small Community Systems Committee and an avid advocate of strategic and collaborative water resource management.

“His volunteerism speaks for itself, as does his tireless leadership across the industry” says Andy Brandel, PE, Vice President and leader of ISG’s Minneapolis office. “Working with Uma, I’ve had a chance to witness the immediate impact he has on cross-market projects, He offers unmatched mentorship and is an invaluable resource to our clients, firm, and region at large,” states Andy.

Uma is based out of ISG’s Twin Cities location in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additional insight into the next phase of ISG’s partnership with the City of Eagle Grove, Iowa and Prestage Farms for a wastewater pre-treatment facility, one of the largest and most expedited projects of its kind led by Uma, is set to be released. Other news related to ISG’s water solutions team includes recent water quality leadership, led by Staci Williams, ISG Water Quality Specialist and Grant Writer, who was featured as one of three local Iowa leaders labeled as the biggest supporters of the $117 million plan to create a network of water trails – an ISG project with the Des Moines Area MPO water trails group. If you missed ISG’s recent Agricultural Drainage and Future of Water Quality Workshop held in Mankato, Minnesota, led by Chuck Brandel, PE, Vice President and Water Resources leader this past June, drone footage, videos, and presentations are available online here. To view AWWA’s 100th anniversary video, that ISG and now employee-owner Dan Moen of Midwest Virtual Tours, created on behalf of the organization for the 2017Annual Conference, please click here.

Additional water solutions news and media kit can be found here.

News

Midwest-Based ISG Pushes for Positive Architecture and Engineering Industry Impact

June 27, 2019 – Nationwide impact is being led by Midwest-based ESOP firm ISG, with the firm having earned a Top 10 spot on the coveted Zweig Group Top 100 Hot Firm List. The architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm with 300 professionals in offices across four states has earned a spot on the list for eight years in a row, breaking through the Top 10 in 2019 to surpass last year’s #14 Hot Firm ranking. ISG also earned, again, a Marketing Excellence Award and Best Firms to Work For designation in various categories, including multi-disciplinary.
Read More

ISG Expands Architecture and Engineering Footprint into Minneapolis West End

June 13, 2019 – ISG, a nationally recognized architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm, recently added a second Twin Cities offices location in the West End of Minneapolis, its third within the State. With deep Minnesota roots that date back to the firm’s inception in Mankato over 46 years ago, ISG has grown to 300+ professionals with clients nationwide and offices in four states. The firm’s West End location will be its 10th office for the 100% ESOP, complementing Bloomington and Mankato in Minnesota.
Read More

ISG Breaks Through Rankings – Earns New Spot on ENR Top 500

May 9, 2019 – ISG, an architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm, was recently recognized, again, as one of the Country’s leading design firms by the Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s annual industry rankings. ISG broke through the 300 mark, continuing on an upward trajectory that builds upon 2018’s ranking of #324 and jumps 195+ spots from positions held over the past four years.
Read More

ALEP Certification Proves Invaluable to Local Schools

January 17, 2019 - Paul Lawton, AIA, LEED, AP, ALEP, ISG Vice President of Architecture, recently became just the fourth Minnesota licensed architect to be certified as an Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP). With additional licenses, specifically for design, throughout the Midwest and directly serving Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and The Dakotas, Paul not only leads ISG’s Architecture group, but has directly contributed to some of the most impactful referendums and PreK-12 advancements in the Midwest.
Read More

ISG Project Recognized with Best Development Award from 1000 Friends of Iowa - A Partnership with the City of Algona

January 15, 2019 – The City of Algona, Iowa was recently awarded a Best Development Award by 1000 Friends of Iowa in the Stormwater Management Category for its Downtown Green Parking Lot Infrastructure Renewal project. Permeable pavers, native plants and trees, combined with water storage, all contribute to water quality improvement strategies for the community through this project.
Read More

ISG Green Bay Expands into Iconic Downtown WaterMark Building

January 8, 2019 – ISG, a leading design firm with clients nationwide, recently expanded to a new location in the iconic, downtown WaterMark building overlooking the Fox River (Wisconsin). Through ISG’s in-house design team, the approximate 15,000 square foot firm-designed office space, which is east from its previous office park location, was strategically located to pay tribute to local history, City evolution, and breathtaking views that showcase the heart of Green Bay.
Read More
Expertise

One firm, one team, multi-disciplinary solutions in architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning.

Contact Us

10 offices and 300+ professionals with clients nationwide, at your service.

News + Events

ISG ingenuity at work for clients, communities, and partners across the U.S.