/ Awards / Steve Aiken earns highest MWEA honor

Steve Aiken earns highest MWEA honor

Parul Dubey on June 21, 2023 - in Awards, News, People

Aiken accepts his award at the Leadership Celebration Luncheon as part of the 2023 MWEA Annual Conference. Pictured from left to right: Granddaughter, Mackenzie Fris, Wife, Diane, Steve, daughter, Cori Fris, and Granddaughter, Taylor Fris.


Long-standing Duperon team member receives 2023 Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence

Saginaw, Mich. – Dedicated to the water and wastewater industry for more than half a century, Duperon Regional Sales Manager Steve Aiken has been named recipient of the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence. As the highest MWEA honor, the award is reserved for individuals of admirable character who have demonstrated exemplary service to the MWEA and made distinctive contributions to the water environment field.

“I leaped headfirst into the wastewater sector in 1971 and have never looked back,” said Aiken. “People always talk about how important it is to love your job, but not everyone has that opportunity. I have, and it’s been such a rewarding experience both personally and professionally; my granddaughters are taking that same career path. I am truly humbled to receive this award and hope my commitment to clean water lives on through my family, as well as the talented colleagues that I’ve had the privilege to work alongside over the years – my water family.”

Since 2010, Aiken has been with Duperon Corporation, where he helps customers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin identify the best solutions to meet screening and processing needs. He credits his success to firsthand experience gained in prior roles, including his first job as plant operator, to later serving as superintendent and later as a consulting engineer.

A prior president of MWEA and a longtime member of the Select Society for Sanitary Sludge Shovelers, Aiken has also remained active with both the local and national Water Environment Federation (WEF) chapters, where he received the Sheppard Award, Quarter Century Operator and Arthur Sidney Bedel Award. He was also recognized in 2017 with the MWEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence was presented today at the Leadership Celebration Luncheon as part of the 2023 MWEA Annual Conference. Attendees included Aiken, several members of his family, and Duperon National Sales Manager Lorene Bruns.


About Duperon Corporation

Duperon Corporation is the leader in innovative preliminary liquid/solids separation systems. For more than 35 years, Duperon has provided simple yet innovative solutions for a variety of screening and solids handling applications in the water and wastewater industry. Duperon technologies are designed and manufactured in Saginaw, Michigan. To learn more, visit Duperon.com.

Comments are disabled