Understanding the Value-Based Path to Improved Performance

May 31, 2022

About the speakers

Elkin Hernandez

Director Maintenance Services
DC Water

Mr. Elkin Hernandez currently serves as DC Water Director of Maintenance Services, in this role, he oversees the maintenance of the over 40,000 assets used at Blue Plains AWTP.  He has over 20 years of experience in the design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of water treatment and power utilities. For the past 9 years, he has worked at DC Water Blue Plains AWTP. Prior to joining DC Water, he worked in the consulting and construction engineering fields as a design, development and commissioning engineer and manager.

Mr. Hernandez is the immediate past chair of WEF’s Intelligent Water Technology Committee, his background includes work on telecom cation, automation, process control and cybersecurity. Currently his work is focused in the fields of smart water, management, and maintenance optimization. Mr. Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s engineering degree in Electrical and Computer science.

Scott Parker

Asset Manager
KC Water

Scott has over 20 years of experience in local government, utility management, and private consulting. He serves as the Asset Manager for KC Water in Kansas City, Missouri. Before KC Water, he served as the Assistant Director for Public Works in both Olathe and Lenexa, Kansas, where he led the finance, data management, solid waste, field operations (streets, utilities, traffic), and communications divisions, and managed multiple Police, Parks, and Fire Department capital projects. He also has private consultant experience providing capital planning, financial analysis, data system, asset management, and interim-executive services to Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi; and Kansas City, Kansas, all of whom had signed Federal Consent Decrees with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Dr. Zdenko (Cello) Vitasovic

Project Team Principal
WEF WISE Program

Zdenko Vitasovic has more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater industry. He has managed many projects and teams in the US, Asia, and Europe, and is a recognized expert in mathematical modeling, decision support systems, real time control, automation, and application of technology to enhance process control.