August 5, 2016
Grace Robinson Hyde, MSEE, has been selected to receive the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. Hyde, who is chief engineer and general manager of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD), will accept her award and present a seminar on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Gillings School’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium.
Hyde joined the LACSD in 1984 and advanced through the ranks, beginning as a process engineer. In her current position, she oversees about 1,900 employees and manages an annual budget of $800 million for wastewater management and $370 million for solid waste management.
She earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the UNC Gillings School. Her research at UNC, conducted under the direction of Phillip Singer, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), involved the use of low-cost technology for the removal of fluoride from drinking water in developing countries.
“LACSD is widely recognized as one of the most progressive agencies in the country in the area of innovative wastewater and solid waste management programs,” Singer said, “and Grace Robinson Hyde is one of the reasons for this acclaim. She is truly deserving of selection as a distinguished ESE alumna.”