Shell is also involved with the Maryland Purple Line light rail P3 project, initially with the procurement advisory team and currently in support of contract administration. He is also working with the Washington, D.C. Office of Public-Private Partnerships to remodel the Henry J. Daly Building, which is the headquarters of the city’s police department.
He is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI), the Chesapeake Water Environment Association and the Construction Management Association of America. He serves on committees for WEF and AIAI. He was recently named U.S. sub-chair for WEF’s Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) committee.
“SJWP means a lot to me because I participated in the program and was selected to represent my state, presenting my research when I was a junior in high school,” Shell said. He said SJWP opened his eyes to the possibility of a career in water and led to a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University.
“I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me by WSP and WEF to attend UNLEASH,” Shell added. “I found it valuable to gain an international perspective and learn how to work – and live – together with people from many different cultures.”
He said the experience will have a lasting impact on his career.
“Many of the obstacles that our clients face in approaching projects – risk profiles, access to funding, and the public communication issues surrounding the value of water – are all relevant in both the developing and developed world,” he said.
Advances made in areas as diverse as manufacturing, health care, transportation, and textiles can all be enhanced by technologies and progress in water quality.
“Water is an amazing resource,” he added. “I believe access to clean and safe water is the most important element needed to make progress on the other sustainable development goals.”
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