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Im Named One of the American Water Works Association’s 5 Under 35

Jihyon Im
Jihyon Im
MANCHESTER, NH — CDM Smith congratulates Jihyon (Ji) Im, PE on being named one of the inaugural 5 Under 35 - Outstanding Young Professional Awards by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). This award recognizes and honors young professional (YP) AWWA members who have demonstrated outstanding service through leadership and active participation in young professional programs.

Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, Im is a CDM Smith Environmental Engineer specializing in drinking water treatment and water quality projects for municipal clients. Her expertise lies in designing new water treatment facilities and existing plant upgrades, as well as conducting studies for master planning, treatment evaluations, and water quality analyses. Her work has involved tackling both conventional and emerging water quality challenges, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), disinfection byproducts (DBPs), lead/copper in drinking water, and more.

In addition to this award, Im is the incoming Chair of the AWWA Young Professionals Committee, which plans and hosts the Annual Young Professional Summit, a water and wastewater industry workshop for young professionals attended by AWWA and Water Environment Federation members every year. After joining the committee six years ago, Im was involved with committee initiatives and led many of them, such as YP programming at AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) and student chapter outreach.

She is also finishing her third year as a YP Liaison to the AWWA Technical and Educational Council (TEC) that oversees 61 committees. On the section level, Im currently serves as the Secretary of the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) Program Committee that puts together all NEWWA's conference programs and technical sessions. She is also the founder of the NEWWA University Outreach Committee and an active member of the NEWWA YP Committee.

“I’m honored and humbled to have been selected for this award,” Im said. “I feel lucky to have found a strong community of friends and mentors in the water industry through AWWA and NEWWA, and tremendously value those relationships. I genuinely enjoy and appreciate the opportunities to contribute to strengthening and advancing the water community through volunteer work and look forward to continue to grow as an engineer, leader, and individual among my fellow YPs of the industry.”

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“Ji is an incredibly smart engineer with contagious enthusiasm for the water profession,” said Lisa Gove, CDM Smith Associate and NEWWA President. “Having had the pleasure of working with Ji on CDM Smith projects and NEWWA committees, I know first-hand how Ji puts her A game into everything she does. This award is a well-deserved recognition of her skills and accomplishments.”

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service engineering and construction firm, the company delivers client service, results, and value across the entire project life cycle. Established in 1947 as a partnership, CDM Smith has more than 5,000 employees working from offices worldwide.

The American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific, and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world.

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