Uma Vempati Receives George Warren Fuller Award from American Water Works Association

ISG Associate Principal and Water Solutions leader recognized for exemplary industry leadership and commitment to international water solutions

September 21, 2018 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Uma Vempati, PE, PMP, ENV SP, recently received the George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) at the organization’s Minnesota September 2018 conference in Duluth, Minnesota. Uma, Associate Principal and Water Solutions leader at ISG, joins the ranks of other notable American water solutions professionals who have been honored over the organization’s 100+ year history. The annual award recognizes winners for “distinguished service in the water supply field and in commemoration of the sound engineering skill and the constructive leadership of a person in the Association,” as described by the AWWA.

Pictured left to right: Lynn Bruns, PE, LEED AP, Executive Vice President; Andy Brandel, PE, Vice President; Uma Vempati, PE, PMP, ENV SP, Associate Principal and Water Solutions Group Leader; Tom Brown, Operations and Facilities Planning; Walter Eshenaur, PE, Project Manager


Surrounded by drinking water related challenges in his native home in Southern India, Uma sought a career that encapsulated his childhood passion; to proactively address water related challenges and make a positive environmental impact. After earning his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India, Uma moved with his family to the U.S. to pursue his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University; a University in which ISG has direct engagement with, supporting numerous recent alumns. Since joining the firm, Uma has served as an instrumental leader in building the firm’s water solutions team, and empowering more than 100 engineers, operators, and designers.

“Uma understands the importance and urgency of our planet’s water challenges and seeks to solve those issues every day,” applauds Chad Surprenant, PE, ISG President | CEO. “He’s not one to boast or seek credit for his work – he merely views it as the right thing to do. However, that is what makes this award so fitting for Uma, a resolute and passionate water expert. Collectively, we are fortunate to have his dedication to this natural resource,” notes Chad.

Earlier this year, Uma presented at the AWWA’s India Chapter Annual Conference in Mumbai, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the AWWA between 2014 and 2017. Uma was also awarded the 2016 Andrew Sullivan Outstanding Leadership Award from the Minnesota Chapter of AWWA, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of AWWA’s Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee (DMIC). He is a member of Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Small Community Systems Committee and an avid advocate of strategic and collaborative water resource management.

“His volunteerism speaks for itself, as does his tireless leadership across the industry” says Andy Brandel, PE, Vice President and leader of ISG’s Minneapolis office. “Working with Uma, I’ve had a chance to witness the immediate impact he has on cross-market projects, He offers unmatched mentorship and is an invaluable resource to our clients, firm, and region at large,” states Andy.

Uma is based out of ISG’s Twin Cities location in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additional insight into the next phase of ISG’s partnership with the City of Eagle Grove, Iowa and Prestage Farms for a wastewater pre-treatment facility, one of the largest and most expedited projects of its kind led by Uma, is set to be released. Other news related to ISG’s water solutions team includes recent water quality leadership, led by Staci Williams, ISG Water Quality Specialist and Grant Writer, who was featured as one of three local Iowa leaders labeled as the biggest supporters of the $117 million plan to create a network of water trails – an ISG project with the Des Moines Area MPO water trails group. If you missed ISG’s recent Agricultural Drainage and Future of Water Quality Workshop held in Mankato, Minnesota, led by Chuck Brandel, PE, Vice President and Water Resources leader this past June, drone footage, videos, and presentations are available online here. To view AWWA’s 100th anniversary video, that ISG and now employee-owner Dan Moen of Midwest Virtual Tours, created on behalf of the organization for the 2017Annual Conference, please click here.

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