Stephens Recognized as Rising Star in Water Industry

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Kate Stephens, an engineer-in-training with Stanley Consultants, has been named a Young Water Professional by Water & Wastes Digest.  The magazine annually seeks out rising stars under the age of 40, who have demonstrated exemplary performance in the water industry.  One of just 16 selected by the national publication, she is part of a new wave of young professionals ready to make their mark on the water industry.  Just 26 years old, she is the youngest among those selected. 

Stephens doesn’t take the slogan Water is Life lightly.  Nothing interests her more than water. “Water connects. It is our most essential resource,” says Stephens. “It’s not just about safe drinking water.  The more I learn about how many things are impacted by water the more I want to be an agent of change.”

Water became her focus while a civil engineering student at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. As a member of Engineers Without Borders she twice traveled to Guatemala to participate in a water filtration project.  She interned with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helping to define control methods for high-risk aquatic nuisance species including Asian Carp and Zebra Mussels. She spent a year as an undergraduate research assistant using spectrophotometry to monitor the performance of pilot-scale nitrification columns for drinking water treatment.

She participated in a water treatment project in Tanzania to develop safe water and sanitary solutions for residents and received a Safe Global Water Institute (SGWI) Graduate Research Assistantship in Uganda to research the connection between safe water, sanitation, nutrition and health.

While pursuing a master’s degree in environmental engineering, she was recruited to Stanley Consultants, a consulting engineering firm that provides environmental, engineering and construction services worldwide.  In her two years with Stanley Consultants, she has worked on a variety of projects, the most complex being a large water corridor study to develop a 7-mile-long urban water transmission main.


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