Awerbuch is president of Leading Edge Technologies Ltd, past president and currently a director of IDA, and also co-chairs IDA’s Technical Programs Committee. Previously, he was vice president and business development manager with International Bechtel Co. Ltd where his responsibilities also included research, and the design, engineering and construction of desalination and power projects. He holds 23 patents and disclosures and has published over 80 technical papers.
“IDA is committed to ensuring that the Desalination Academy provides the best and most comprehensive curriculum of any training program available to our industry. The appointment of Mr Awerbuch to the position of interim dean clearly demonstrates our vision and further differentiates the Academy as a global institute for specialised training in desalination and a higher school for special study in this field,” said Patricia A Burke, IDA Secretary General.
The Academy’s first courses will take place on 4 and 5 July at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, to be followed by a tour of the SingSpring desalination plant on 6 July. Course topics will range from membrane and thermal technologies to costing strategies and plant operations. Teaching these courses will be Lisa Henthorne, Dr Mark Wilf, Nikolay Voutchkov, David H Paul, Dr Corrado Sommariva and Awerbuch.
The IDA wants its Academy to provide the highest level of training, education and instruction to individuals, utilities, companies, institutions, universities and other organizations interested in desalination in all its aspects.