Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus receives prestigious FWEA Big Bend Chapter Thomas P. Smith Award

Graceville Water/Wastewater Director Charlie Martin describes how the new screw process press will be used to remove water from the sludge produced by the plant. Photo source: Jackson County Floridian

Dr. Charlie L. Martin, Jr., is the most recent recipient of the Thomas P. Smith (TPS) Award from FWEA Big Bend Chapter.

Dr. Martin received his Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2015 from Florida A&M University through the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Martin is currently the City Engineer and Water/Wastewater Director for the City of Graceville.

As a member of the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), Big Bend Chapter, Martin was nominated and selected to receive this award in recognition of his individual leadership, contribution to the advancement of wastewater design, operation or regulations, and his demonstrated willingness to help others solve problems.

This award is given by FWEA Big Bend Chapter and is dedicated to the memory of Thomas P. Smith, P.E.

"Dr. Martin’s leadership, his innovative approach to solving problems and his unselfish support of others in the water and wastewater field endeared him to everyone with whom he had contact," said Michael Murphy, FWEA Big Bend Chapter Awards Chair.

Upon learning he had been selected to receive the TPS Award, Dr. Martin remarked, "I must say that I am greatly honored and humbled by this nomination. I greatly appreciate it."

At his current position as City Engineer and Water/Wastewater Director, Martin operates an Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility and directs a NELAC certified Drinking Water/Environmental Water Laboratory.

Dr. Martin has also served on the FDEP water/wastewater operator certification committee for over fifteen years. And is also an instructor for the University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF/TREEO) center, water and wastewater courses.

Among his many contributions to the advancement of wastewater design, Martin has presented at Performance of Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in 2001 and at his local chapter on Operations of SBRs in 2009; at the State on Performance of SBRs in 2005, and on Biological Nutrient removal in 2013.

Martin has Florida Class A Water and Wastewater Operator licenses. He also received his Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Florida State University through the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Expanded Physical Science and an Associate in Arts degree in Chemistry.

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