In 1999 the International Advisory Board for the Sardinia Symposium instituted the award "A Life for Waste", to be presented biennially to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to advances in international waste management.
The recipient of this year's "A Life for Waste" award is Prof. Peter Lechner. The award was delivered on Friday 4th October 2019, during the closing Gala Dinner of the Symposium.
Peter Lechner received Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering and Water Management from BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, and a PhD from Vienna University of Technology. From 1970 to 1972 he worked for Siemens AG, Austria, and from 1972 to 1974 at Civil Engineering Office Lengyel in Vienna. From 1993 until 2011 he was Head of the Institute of Waste Management at BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna. He is Founder member and Chairman of the Austrian Compost Quality Society (Kompostgüteverband Österreich), Member of several standards committees, Consultant for the City of Vienna and waste management companies, Member of the editorial strategy group of the journal Waste Management and Member of the editorial board of the German journal “Müll und Abfall”. Peter Lechner is a founding member of the IWWG and was member of the Managing Board from 2002 until 2012.
Full Professor of Solid Waste Management, he retired since September 2018 from the University of Padova where he leaded the Research Center of Environmental Engineering. Former President of the School of Environmental and Engineering at the same University from 2000 to 2013. From 2009 to 2017 he was Editor in Chief of Waste Management, the IWWG international scientific journal on waste management published by Elsevier. From 2018 he is Editor in Chief of DETRITUS, the new journal for Waste Resources and Residues published by CISA Publisher. He was President of IWWG (International Waste Working Group) from 2004 until 2009 , and currently is a member, of the Managing Board of the same Association. In 2017 he was recipient of the prestigious "A Life for Waste" Award. He has given a series of talks and presentations in conferences on Waste Management and landfilling throughout the world. He is author of more than 150 scientific papers and five international books on waste management, published by Academic Press, Elsevier, EF and Spon.
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Werner Bidlingmaier is professor of Waste Management at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany since 1997 and full-professor of Waste Management at the University of Essen. Nominated as external lecturer at the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1991, he was leader of the transfer centre for biological waste treatment Weimar from 1998 to 2001. Additionally, he is Vice-Rector of International development at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. He won the Scientific Award University of Brussels in 1984.
Bernd Bilitewski was full-professor of waste management and holder of the Chair for Waste Management Education and Research at Dresden University of Technology from 1994 to 2011. In 1995 he founded the Institute of Waste Management and Contaminated Sites Treatment Dresden University of Technology and he is managing director of the institute since 2004. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Since 2008 he is also president and scientific member at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Technical University of Girona (Spain). In addition, he participated in numerous committees and boards. He is founder and managing partner of the INTECUS GmbH and a highly distinguished expert for waste management at the national and international level. Further, he is author of 50 books and over 400 articles and chapters in books and magazines since 1975.
Héctor Collazos studied in Colombia and graduated as a topographer in the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia) in 1960. He was a lecturer of topography courses in the Universidad del Valle from 1961 to 1967. After graduating in Sanitary Engineering at the Universidad del Valle in 1967 he worked as General Manager of Sanitation of the Ministry of Health of Colombia from 1969 until 1979. In this duty he was in charge of providing the general guidelines for environmental sanitation for all the country. In this period of time he supervised the elaboration of the Sanitary National Code (Law 09 of 1979) as representative of the Ministry of Health. He was a member of several national institutes that have relation with the design, construction and system operation for the protection of the environment. He was the director of the first diagnosis study on the services of urban solid waste of the country from which the National Program of Urban Solid Waste (PRONASU) was formed. He attended and approved the Basic International Course of Health Planning, in the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia in 1972. He was a professor of the National University of Colombia from 1976 up to 1990, 14 years lecturing courses such as Solid Waste for Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering Programs, as well as for the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. He also lectured the courses of biostatistics and epidemiology for engineers in the graduate courses of Environmental Engineering and of biostatistics in the master degree courses of Public Health in Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Rainer Stegmann was Professor from 1982 to 1990 at the Institute of Environmental Protection and from 1991 to 2008 Head of the Institute of Waste Management at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. He retired in March 2008. He is one of the prominent researchers in the field of waste management and provided in particular fundamental scientific contributions on sustainable landfilling, anaerobic digestion, biogas generation and control, treatment of contaminated soil. He co-ordinated several international and national research projects, and was member of the environmental advisory board of Shanks. He co-founded and currently leads the 3RC Research Center at the Nanyang University, Singapore. He is co-organiser of several national and international conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and several books. Since 2008 he is the chairman of the IWWG (International Waste Working Group).
Grahame Farquhar is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo. His reserach on landfills began in 1969 with the study of gas and leachate at four Ontario landfills. He subsequently published more than one hundred papers, reports, books and chapters, of which many dealt with landfills and waste disposal. More than sixty students successfully pursued post-graduate degrees under Dr. Farquhar’s suopervision. At various times, he served as Chair of Civil Engineering and Special Assistant to the VP, Research at the University of Waterloo and as Associtae Director of the Canadian Water Network. His major awards include Distingushed Teacher (1982, Waterloo), Distingushed professor Emeritus (2002, Waterloo) and Distingushed Service Citation (1990, Wisconsin)
John Pacey graduated from University of Washington with B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, followed by M.S. degree in geotechnical engineering from M.I.T. He started two geotechnical companies in 1960s and in 1970 co-started one of the first engineering companies oriented solely to the solid waste i dustry, most notably landfills. He published over 70 papers reative to landfill sitings, investigations, designs, operations, hazards, benefits, landfill gas (issues, benefits and hazards). He served as expert witness in numerous landfill design, performance and legal issues. He authored first book generation and recovery of landfill gas from landfills. He was always in forefront of emerging technology as related to all aspect of landfill geotechnical work with specific focus on landfill gas and lining evolutions.
Robert Kenneth Ham (1937-2012) received his bachelor’s degree in 1960 in chemical engineering from The University of Minnesota. After working for the 3M Company, he went on to get his master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical end environmental engineering at the University of Washington. In 1967, he became a professor in environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he helped pioneer several sanitary landfill practices which are still used today, such as the extracting and buring of landfill of gas as a beneficil re-use. He retired in 1998.
Prof. Ham passed away in 2012 due to complications from cancer. In 2013, a special issue of the Waste Management Journal, published by Elsevier, will be published in memory of him.
Eugenio de Fraja Frangipane was professor at the Milan Technical University which he entered in 1958. He was also lecturere at postgraduate refresher courses in foreign universities. He has promoted and directed numerous reserach programs on atmospheric pollution, on various bodies (the Ticino and Olona rivers, the lakes of Orta and Varese and the Venice and Orbetello lagoons) and on solid waste treatment and disposal. He is author of over 100 articles published in Italian and foreign scientific nd technical journals. He founded and still directs two scientific Italian journals on environment and solid waste. He has chaired Italian and international associations in the field (ANDIS, ISWA) and has been one of the founders of the European Waste Club. As expert on Environmental Health of the WHO he was called upon to participate international study groups and study missions in Syria, India and Greece.
Masataka Hanashima was full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at the Fukuoka University, Japan, since 1975. Known as one of the leading Japanese scientists in the field of solid waste management, he developed the "Semiaerobic Landfill Type”, which is not only adopted by about 75% of landfill sites in Japan, but also in the region of Asia. Semiareobic Landfill Type is commonly known as Fukuoka Method in the developing countries. For his outstanding fundamental and practical reserach in sanitary Landfill, he was awarded the 7th Japan Environmental Prize in 1980, the grand prize of the Japan Society of Waste Management Experts in 1997. His main reserach fields are final disposal waste and landfill design.