Jessica Cormier has received the American Water Works Association’s 2021 Holly A. Cornell Scholarship from Jacobs Engineering for her studies in Environmental Engineering. The award was created in 1990 in honor of Jacobs/CH2M co-founder Holly A. Cornell to encourage and support outstanding female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. The award was presented in a virtual session on June 15 at the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and provides $10,000 of support for Jessica’s academic pursuits.

Jessica has been working directly with Polk County Utilities at their Babson Park public water system located in central Polk County, Florida. Through a utility-university collaboration with Dr. Duranceau’s research program, Jessica has been able to perform operations research that examines the effectiveness of integrating potable treatment systems that can function together to resolve regulatory mandates at an affordable cost. In working with the water system, she has successfully integrated her work effort with the water operators. As an example of her contribution to utility operations, she was able to diagnose and recommend a solution to an intermittent but reoccurring problem that was causing chlorine instability in the disinfectant dosing system.

The American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific, and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world.

Jacobs, a publicly-traded company (NYSE: JEC), is one the largest and most diverse providers of professional design, engineering, program management, and project/construction management services in the world.  At present, Jacobs has its offices in over 30 nations with a staff of more than 24,500 in the United States, and more than 60,000 worldwide