SJW’s Andy Gere Inducted into UConn’s Distinguished Engineers Academy
San Jose Water President and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Gere honored by alma mater for engineering excellence.
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 2, 2022 – San Jose Water (“SJW” or “the Company”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SJW Group (NYSE: SJW), announced that Andrew Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer, was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
The 10 inductees for the UConn Academy Class of 2021 include a former economic and technology policy advisor in the Obama Administration, and a retired senior executive at ExxonMobil. Gere earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UConn in 1992. The inductees were honored with a ceremony held in the Student Union Ballroom in May 2022 after being delayed by COVID.
“We are thrilled that Andy's decades of hard work and innovation are being recognized and honored,” said Eric Thornburg, SJW Group Chair, President and CEO. “Andy has been a great leader in environmental sustainability, public health and community improvement projects, including the $62 million Montevina Water Treatment Plant project which upgraded a critical drinking water filtration facility in San Jose to meet increasingly stringent standards for drinking water.”
Gere has been with San Jose Water for 26 years. He credits his extensive coursework in water treatment, water quality, hydraulics, water chemistry, water supply, and part-time jobs with the Ecosystem Consulting Service in Coventry, CT, for developing his interest in water utilities. His first full time engineering job out of UConn was with the California Drinking Water Regulatory Program.
“At UConn, I found a passion for working in water, which fit with my desire to have a career that contributed to people in a positive way,” Gere said. “Water touches everything that is important to us. I hope to inspire others to pursue a career in the industry and create projects that will make a difference in our communities.”
About the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers
The Academy, which has inducted nearly 300 total members since its inception in 2003, honors School of Engineering alumni and engineers whose careers have been characterized by their contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. Members have achieved a distinguished record of leadership in their chosen professions and inspire their fellow alumni to do the same.
About San Jose Water
Founded in 1866, San Jose Water is an investor-owned public utility, and is one of the largest and most technically sophisticated urban water systems in the United States. The company serves over one million people in the greater San Jose metropolitan area. San Jose Water is owned by SJW Group, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SJW. SJW Group also owns: Connecticut Water Company in Connecticut; Maine Water Company in Maine; and SJWTX, Inc. (dba Canyon Lake Water Service Company) in Texas. To learn more about San Jose Water, visit: sjwater.com.
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