ASCE Pipelines Conference

Phoenix, Arizona | Aug 6–9, 2017


Jon Schladweiler | Opening Plenary Keynote

Monday, August 7 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.Jon C. Schladweiler | Opening Keynote | Pipelines 2017

Jon C. Schladweiler, P.E. is the Historian for the Arizona Water Association. Over the past 26 years he has researched and collected materials related to the history of sewage conveyance systems. Many of these items (photos, articles, artifacts, etc.) were initially displayed in the AZ Water’s traveling Sewer History Exhibit and/or on his website; The Sewer History Exhibit is now under the ownership/control of NASSCO.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of Wisconsin and has worked in the wastewater industry for over 40 years. He is a registered P.E. in the states of Arizona and Colorado.

He was most recently employed by the engineering and environmental consulting firm of WestLand Resources, Inc. of Tucson, AZ; as a Technical Advisor and Mentor. He retired in February 2017.

Mr. Schladweiler is an active member of the Water Environment Federation, the AZ Water Association, the American Water Works Association and the American Public Works Association/Public Works Historical Society.

In 2002, The Public Works Historical Society of the American Public Works Association selected Jon as the recipient of its Aedile Award; recognizing his outstanding contributions toward the collection, preservation and dissemination of public works history. Mr Schladweiler was selected for the award for his oral presentation, “Tracking Down the Roots of our Sanitary Sewers”.

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Scott Zimmer | Awards Luncheon Keynote

Tuesday, August 8 | 12:00 - 1:25 p.m.

Scott Zimmer | Awards Keynote | Pipelines 2017With 15 years of public speaking experience, Scott has developed a uniquely personable style and uses insight, humor, and data to foster an environment where every generation feels valued and understood.

As a proud Gen X-er Scott’s presentations clearly illustrate the stress points between generations and provide clear solutions to help relieve tension and encourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides.

A child of the 80s and 90s, Scott has insider knowledge into what makes his generation tick. Scott’s love of nostalgia, including Atari and He-Man, knows no bounds. He’s put his knowledge of pop culture and expertise on generational theory to good use by developing a generational trivia show. When he’s not on the road, Scott is the office jokester who brings contagious optimism and hilarious childhood stories to BW HQ.

Scott grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota where he mastered the art of milking cows. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2000 with a BA in Communications. When he’s not researching or presenting, he enjoys his other role as a self-proclaimed movie-buff and always knows the latest happenings in the Twin Cities.

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Faridodin "Fredi" Lajvardi | Closing Plenary Keynote

Wednesday, August 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Fredi Lajvardi | Closing Keynote | Pipelines 2017

Fredi Lajvardi kindles your innate sense of ingenuity with his remarkable firsthand account of how he transformed a group of high school students into a national champion robotics team.

Fredi captivated the country when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated leading schools, including top-ranked MIT. Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary “Underwater Dreams” and was also adapted into the major motion picture, “Spare Parts,” starring actor and comedian, George Lopez as Fredi. His award-winning Falcon Robotics team is featured in the 2017 film “Dream Big.”

Honored with numerous awards for his spirited passion for teaching, Fredi continues to serve as a prominent advocate about the importance of STEM education nationwide.

With humor and compassion, Fredi brings audiences on his inspiring journey, illustrating the need to embrace diversity and invest in people to help others realize their potential. His incredible real life tale equips you with the real life encouragement to maximize your own potential and to work together to solve complex problems.

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