Josh with his family: Kate, Alexandra and Owen
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park
Josh and his children in Cape May
Congratulations to Josh Hutson on being nominated for the August Spotlight Member. Josh is a Principal Project Manager at Jacobs and has more than 22 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment, including all phases of
design and construction projects. He holds an MS in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College and a Professional Engineering license from both New Jersey and New York. Josh is also a certified Project Management Professional
(PMP) who has led numerous projects for several municipal water utilities in New Jersey and around the U.S. At AWWA NJ, he has been an active member since 1997 and was the first recipient of the Section’s Fresh Ideas Award. Josh is
a former member and Chair of the Education & Professional Development Committee and currently serves on the Technical Program Committee.
Why did you decide to go into the field of water?
I have been fascinated with water for as long as I can remember. It started at a young age with a desire to understand what was living in water. Whenever we would go on a family trip near the water I would spend all day in it, observing
or trying to catch what was living there. Years later, I discovered environmental engineering which would allow me to work on solving water related issues. During my first water treatment class at Manhattan College, I realized it was
the field in which I wanted to specialize.
How did you become a volunteer for AWWA? What motivates you to be active in the Section?
Shortly after I became a consulting engineer, Jerry Notte, encouraged me to join the Education & Professional Development Committee. Right off the bat, I remember being impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of its committee members,
particularly the committee chair at the time, John Civardi. Maintaining lasting relationships with so many talented and dedicated people, plus knowing what you’re doing really matters, drives me to stay active in the Section. I've
been an AWWA member since 1997. AWWA has provided the educational resources to help me grow as a professional and stay updated in the latest developments in the field.
Hobbies and outside interests?
Who’s got time for hobbies these days? There was a time I played golf and other sports but now spend virtually of all my free time with my wife, Kate, daughter, Alexandra (11) and son, Owen (8). I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our kids
keep us pretty busy. I’ve recently become obsessed with their latest sports endeavors—including my daughter’s basketball and track, and my son’s wrestling and baseball. Who knew it would be even more fun watching and cheering them
on than doing it yourself?
What legacy would you like to leave behind?
The old adage: leave the world a (slightly) better place than when you started. Knowing that so many of the projects in which I played a part throughout the years helped keep the water safe to drink, and the environment clean, would be
enough for me.