A Message from the IUVA President
Sitting at LAX airport, having missed my connecting flight home, I was reflecting on two things. Firstly, how far away Australia is. Secondly, how far the IUVA has come as an organization in 20 years. The 2019 World Congress, held in Sydney, Australia, was a resounding success by measures of attendance, breadth of topics covered and general vibrancy of discussion. The UV industry is alive and well.
This increased breadth of topics has been considered by the IUVA board over the past year. As an organization, we will transition away from the broad-based Technical Committee and Manufacturers Council to a more focused and action-based structure of task forces. These task forces will organize around a specific topic and seek to engage members from all areas of the industry. They will have clear scope, goals and deliverables that seek to advance topics aligned with the IUVA mission. A number of these task forces already exist in the areas of healthcare-associated infections, and food and beverage. New ones in areas of LED technology and medium-pressure lamp measurement will now get underway in earnest. Details will be published regularly, and we encourage all those willing to contribute to come forward.
Talking of publishing, it’s exciting that this is our first edition of UV Solutions. You will see this publication become an industry-wide publication, with increased circulation to technology users in addition to developers.
The board of directors has some changes, with succession taking place among some of our larger corporate members: Xylem, Trojan Technologies and Jacobs Engineering. Plus, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Rick Martinello of Yale University and a standing board position for the chair of the new Young Professional Committee, currently held by Nathan Moore.
This year will see my two-year presidency come to an end, and the very capable Professor Ron Hofmann, of University of Toronto, will take over. Professor Hofmann has been a member of IUVA from its inception, and I’m sure you will join me in supporting him as he seeks to build upon the first 20 years.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859.869.4700.Oliver Lawal, IUVA President
President/CEO, AquiSense Technologies