IDA Announces Fellowship Award Winner

Jan. 6, 2017
Holly Johnson Churman to participate in four-week attachment with PUB

The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced that Holly Johnson Churman, P.E., technology manager for Water Standard, has been named the recipient of its 2016-2017 Fellowship Award. Churman will receive a monetary award of $10,000 and participate in a four-week attachment with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, the host agency for the 2016-2017 IDA Fellowship Program.

A statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, PUB is the water agency that manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water), a globally recognized model for integrated water resources management.

Churman has worked in the water industry since 2008 and has been with Water Standard since 2012. There, her responsibilities as technology manager include managing efforts related to research, demonstration and integration of water treatment technologies, as well as identifying, adapting and applying new technology and best practices for use in challenging energy industry applications. Previously, she was senior applications engineer and process engineer – desalination for Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies.

She is actively engaged in industry associations, serving on the IDA Young Leaders Program Committee, the IDA publications committee and the technical committee for the Produced Water Society. She also was a member of the steering committee for the 2016 American Water Summit.

Churman earned a M.S. in environmental engineering and science from Stanford University and a B.S. in environmental engineering and science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2016, she was a lecturer at the Texas A&M GPRI Water & Wastewater Short Course, and she also served as an undergraduate teaching fellow at MIT on the topic of solving complex problems. 

For further details about the IDA Fellowship Program and application guidelines, visit or email [email protected].

Source: International Desalination Assn.

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