Goguen Joins Education Committee

Goguen Joins Education Committee
Claude Goguen

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National Association of Wastewater Technicians member Claude Goguen has been appointed to the NAWT Education Committee. He is the director of sustainability and technical education at the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). He attended the University of Moncton located in New Brunswick, Canada, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a P.E. and LEED AP designation. He is a licensed P.E. in Indiana and a licensed P.Eng. in Canada.

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Goguen tracks LEED-related changes and developments that may affect NPCA members and, in turn, the septic treatment industry. He provides technical support to NPCA members and the specifying community by developing technical documentation, serving on a codes and standards committee, working as the staff liaison to various product and board-appointed committees, and contributing to NPCA publications. Goguen was a NAWT speaker at the 2016 WWETT Show. In addition to overseeing the NPCA sustainability program, he develops and teaches NPCA education courses.

Goguen has been involved in the education and technical services departments at NPCA since 2008 and has 20 years of experience in the precast concrete and construction industry. Prior to working at NPCA, he was an operations manager at a precast concrete manufacturing plant for 10 years. He is a member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and CSCE (Canadian Society for Civil Engineering), and the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association

The Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association (IOWPA) is committed to protecting the public health and the environment of Indiana by improving and increasing access to wastewater treatment for individuals and communities living beyond centralized wastewater treatment facilities. IOWPA is a state association member of NAWT. For more information related to IOWPA, visit its website at www.iowpa.org.

Gary Steinhardt is president of IOWPA and is also a member of the Education Committee and a member of NAWT. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and a master’s degree in soil science from Michigan State University, and his doctorate in agronomy from Purdue University. His experience spans almost five decades. Since 1991, he has served as a professor at Purdue University. Steinhardt is a Certified Agronomist/Soil Scientist #1104, ARCPACS Registered Professional Soil Scientist #15, and on the Indiana Registry of Professional Soil Scientists. His current research interests are on soil physical properties and tillage practices. Currently he is contributing to studies involving the influence of soil properties and yield with conservation management systems.

IOWPA (along with other state associations) will be partnering with NAWT to explore development of soils classes and to make sure soils classes being offered meet NAWT requirements for certificate renewal. Since understanding soils is a key to design and installation of long-lasting systems, the NAWT Education Committee feels it is important to promote development of soils classes.


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