Erdal is focused on global “one water” solutions, addressing environmental, technical, funding and regulatory challenges in the water cycle through planning, implementation, asset management and digital innovation. She will work across regions, business lines and strategic solutions teams to capture business with a long-term vision of the lifecycles of projects and programs. “More and more across the industry we see clients focused on integrated solutions to achieve sustainable development and system resilience,” said Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch’s Water business. “Zeynep is a tremendous addition leading the services we offer to clients as they seek to build strategic, sustainable infrastructure and financial resilience across their organizations, systems and communities. She is an industry leader with a strong vision for developing and implementing ‘one water’ solutions.” Erdal also has regional business development and project delivery responsibilities in Southern California where she has worked closely with clients to deliver innovative projects for more than a decade. With more than 20 years of total experience, Erdal has worked with global clients, served in principal technologist and business line management roles, and led business development and project delivery activities in water reclamation, biosolids management, nutrient removal/recovery, renewable energy, water reuse and climate resilience. Erdal is a highly regarded subject matter expert and an industry thought leader. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environment engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Erdal earned her doctorate in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. She has served on and chaired numerous Water Environment Federation, WateReuse, California Water Environment Association and International Water Association committees; coauthored technical books, practice manuals and peer reviewed papers; and is an active National Academies of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering alumna. An officer in Black & Veatch’s organization, Erdal is based in the company’s Irvine, California office. Media Contact: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | +1 913-458-2778 p | +1 816-674-0572 m | ClarkCA@BV.com24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights Engineer 2.0: An idea whose time has come The Artificial Intelligence (AI) genie is not going back into the bottle; leaving the world to contemplate how best to manage this most potent, yet controversial, tool. The water sector’s response has many parallels with reactions to AI more broadly: we are certain AI has benefits, are less sure about how to realise them, and wary of unintended consequences. Energy as a Service: Power Without the ‘Plant’ When ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft began disrupting the taxi business a decade ago, taxi operators scoffed and said consumers weren’t ready for such a radical approach to their entrenched business model. Finding the Right Power Generation Mix As ratepayers continue to seek more renewable energy integration, the electric industry is struggling to create the optimal mix of fuels that will economically meet sustainability goals. Boosted by a slew of factors – including decreasing costs, advancing technologies, new carbon-reduction policies, consumer pressure and regulatory support – renewables show no sign of slowing down. But their ability to provide reliable, consistent baseload power remains firmly in doubt because of the inherent intermittency of wind and solar photovoltaic. When Water is the Product, How Do We Afford Sustainability? Regardless of industry or product, the effective use of water carries huge weight for plant operators and other decision-makers who must pit emerging social calls for sustainability against the money on hand to make it happen. Global Renewables: From Utah to the United Nations, Renewables Power Up From C-suites and state capitals to international governments and the United Nations, leaders of the world’s most influential economies are codifying the role of renewables in an increasingly sustainable power generation mix. On the government side, leaders in China, Europe and elsewhere are on a growing list of American states in setting ambitious renewable portfolio standards (RPS) targets.