Aitken joins ranks of prestigious American Academy of Environmental Engineers

January 05, 2007

Photograph of Michael Aitken, PhD

Photograph of Michael Aitken, PhD

Michael Aitken, PhD , chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, has been selected as a Board-certified member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers® (AAEE). Dr. Aitken joins Dr. Phil Singer and Dr. Francis DiGiano, also professors in the department, as recipients of this recognition.

Of his colleague, DiGiano says, “Dr. Aitken’s combined academic career at UNC–which advances practice and prior experience as a consulting engineer for Malcolm Pirnie Engineers, a very highly respected firm–makes him a fitting recipient for AAEE certification and acknowledges [Aitken’s] proficiency in the practice of environmental engineering.”

AAEE certification “also confirms once again our department’s leading role in supplying top-notch graduates to the practice world and provides more opportunities to interface with the needs of our profession,” DiGiano added.

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers is a specialty certification board and professional society for environmental engineers dedicated to improving the quality of environmental engineering practice. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, it annually certifies between 100 and 200 environmental engineers of proven quality from around the world in one or more of seven specialties of practice. The accredited program was established in 1955 and requires at least eight years of experience. The Academy also provides leadership in the accreditation of curricula and the dissemination of information to the public and the profession. For more information, access the Academy’s website at

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