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Remembering Michael MacCarthy

Morwick G360 is saddened by the loss of our good colleague and friend Dr. Michael MacCarthy. We would like to take a moment to honour his legacy and celebrate his many achievements. Mike was an Associate Professor in Environmental & Civil Engineering at Mercer University, and a Special Graduate Faculty at the University of Guelph (Canada). He was an Associate Editor & Member of the Editorial Board for the Hydrogeology Journal (International Association of Hydrogeologists), and in 2019 received the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section’s Outstanding New Faculty Research Award.

Mike led the Engineering for Development program at Mercer University, designed to help students become leaders in finding sustainable solutions for the environment and to improve the lives of under-served people. Through this program, Mike joined with MG360 to help maintain cost-effective, sustainable sources of drinking water in developing communities around the world. Mike worked with MG360 faculty and students to create the Spring Wells Project, which monitors contamination levels and water quality in mountain springs around cities in the San Juan province of the Dominican Republic. Research here will provide valuable data to ensure the sustainability of drinking water sources in mountain communities worldwide. The project is a clear example of the meaningful work Mike carried out during his career.

In addition to performing research with real-world humanitarian impact, Mike also served as a mentor to graduate students here at MG360 and the University of Guelph, and will be remembered for his care, and his commitment to training the next generation of researchers dedicated to a sustainable future for all. We at Morwick G360 mourn the loss of this exceptional individual. He will be remembered fondly by colleagues, friends, students, staff, and all who knew him.

Introducing Morwick G360’s New Advisory Board Member Glen Kirkpatrick

We are pleased to announce that Glen Kirkpatrick (PEng, PG) is joining the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute’s Advisory Board this Fall. Throughout his career, Glen has demonstrated a clear commitment to groundwater research. With degrees in environmental engineering, contaminant hydrogeology, and strategic management, Glen’s insight into groundwater science and the field of contaminant remediation is exceptional. He is currently a Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., a consulting firm engaged in remediation practices in the northeastern United States. Glen’s work involves the remediation of sites impacted by chlorinated solvent DNAPLs, PFAS, and other recalcitrant contaminants.

The Morwick G360 Advisory Board plays an important role in shaping the future direction of the Institute. By providing input and oversight, they help chart a path forward, enabling the Institute to achieve its mission. With Glen’s combination of experience and expertise, we are pleased to have him as part of the team.

Morwick G360’s Mission: Enable evidence-informed groundwater resource stewardship by providing a world class research institute of excellence for training and collaboration to advance knowledge, professional practice, and policy.

Reflections from our outgoing board member Catherine Creber

Over the last three and a half years, Catherine Creber has been a vital part of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute. Since 2018, Catherine has played a key role on our Advisory Board, and we are proud of what has been accomplished with her guidance. Below, Catherine offers some reflections on her time with MG360 and what we have accomplished together:

It was a genuine pleasure to be on the Advisory Board of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute for the past several years. With a career in chemical production and environmental remediation, I have always been fascinated by groundwater research and its applications, from the very basic chemical transport mechanisms that were studied in the 80’s, to the discrete fracture mapping and sophisticated technologies such as oxidation, bioremediation, phytoremediation, and chemical fixation that are now indispensable tools for environmental scientists and engineers in our quest to solve real life problems.

The lead researchers at the Institute have been involved from the very beginning in this explosion in groundwater science. This gathering of multi disciplined professors, consultants and advanced degree students, with collaboration from industry and governments, is a powerhouse of intellect and skills. MG360 continues to provide insights into groundwater that Canadians and the world require to move forward with sustainable environmental practices. I will always take pride that I was associated in a small way with this wonderful group.”

Thank you Catherine for your eager participation, support, and insights during your time with Morwick G360. We wish you all the best!