Keynote Speaker

The symposium committee is pleased to announce that Steven D. Drew, will be our keynote speaker for the 2016 ISA water/wastewater symposium. He will be presenting his keynote address on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:15am.


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Steven D. Drew

It’s Not Just a Job – It’s Your Passion!
Leveraging Your Career in Industrial Controls and Automation

Communicating to leadership the value of operational technology for both hard and soft services is essential.  Identifying and correcting vulnerabilities in industrial automation is critical, but without attracting, retaining and developing competent professionals, maintaining operational reliability is impossible or risky business at best. Maintaining a utility’s most valuable asset, its human resources, is a priority for most utility executives.  Automation professionals and maintenance technologists are on the front line, they are the fire-wall to threats and they are agents of change and innovation, carrying the utility to the next level of efficiency. For these water and wastewater critical service professionals, it’s not just their job, it’s their passion!

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Steven D. Drew
Director of Water Resources Department, City of Greensboro, North Carolina


About the Speaker

Steven D. Drew began a career with the City’s Water Supply Division in 1979 as a Plant Mechanic and has held various technical and leadership positions including, Electronics Technician, Plant Superintendent, Water Supply Division Manager and Operations Division Manager.  He attended Guilford Technical Community College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Public Administration and also completed graduate work at UNC-G and the UNC-School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy.

Steve is a certified Electronics Technician, certified Maintenance Technologist, Maintenance & Reliability Professional and a licensed Water Treatment Facility Operator.  Steve served as Chair of the NC AWWA-WEA Operations & Maintenance Committee and was a founding member of the NC Maintenance Technologist Certification School.  He has served on the NC AWWA-WEA Board of Trustees and recently as the Schools Council Chair. Steve is a member of the “Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers”, and is an AWWA Fuller Award recipient.