ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael J. McGuire was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1947. He has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1969), and both M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in environmental engineering from Drexel University. A registered professional engineer in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas, McGuire is a widely published author who has authored over 200 professional articles and co-edited five books and collected works.
For his entire career, McGuire has worked for drinking water utilities and consulting engineering firms advising water utilities on methods to provide safe drinking water. He worked for the Philadelphia Water Department right after college, and, over a 13 year-period, he held increasingly responsible positions at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has worked for consulting engineering firms for about half of his professional life. He founded and managed McGuire Environmental Consultants, Inc. from 1992 to 2005.
He has been active in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) over the past 40 years and is an Honorary Member. He received the George Warren Fuller Award in 1994 and the Publications Award for 2001 for the Journal article entitled “Using Chlorite Ion to Control Nitrification.” In 2007, he received the Best Paper Award from the Water Quality and Technology Division of AWWA. In 2009, AWWA presented him with the A.P. Black Research Award, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, for “scientific contributions that have improved the safety and aesthetics of drinking water.”