All Presidential Awards will be conferred by Dr. Emilio Gabbrielli, IDA’s President for

Lifetime Achievement
IDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements and
contributions to our industry. Anyone who would like to nominate a worthy candidate
should submit a 250-500 word summary detailing why IDA should recognize
an individual for such a prestigious award. All IDA Lifetime Awardees receive a
commemorative plaque and lifetime access to attend all IDA events at no registration

Nominations must be sent no later than August 31st to
Use subject line of Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination.


Emerging Leaders Achievement Award in Desalination and Water Reuse

Introduced in 2011, this Award is given to one member of the IDA Young Leader’s
Program whose contribution to the desalination and water reuse industry has shown a
track record of positive leadership and originality.

Candidates must apply for the Award, be a member of IDA and the Young Leaders
Program, and provide a resume along with the following documents:

  • A narrative description of a personal accomplishment related to the industry. It
    should not be based on a technical paper presentation, but rather a record of
    accomplishment such as commissioning of a plant, patent pending, start-up of
    a company, etc.
  • A minimum of two recommendation letters from immediate superiors,
    collaborators or peers who witnessed the accomplishment.

All documentation for consideration must be sent no later than August 31st to

Use subject line of Emerging Leaders Award Nomination 2017

To view Award criteria please click here.