Academy of Distinguished Alumni
Carl E. Adams, Jr.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1969
M.S., Vanderbilt University, 1966
B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1965
After graduating with his Ph.D., Carl Adams undertook the development of a specialized engineering firm. In September 1969, Dr. Adams established Associated Water & Air Resources Engineers, Inc. (The AWARE Corporation), which developed into the largest industrial wastewater management engineering organization in the United States.
Years later, Dr. Adams and a small group of experts from AWARE founded the ADVENT Group, Inc., a firm that offers integrated industrial wastewater management services to industry. Since ADVENT’s inception, Dr. Adams has developed three patents involving advanced industrial wastewater treatment technologies. Forty-four of these patented systems are installed in 13 different countries.
Dr. Adams has also been a consultant/director to more than 900 U.S. and foreign industrial wastewater management projects; author of over 100 technical publications and presentations; co-author and editor of four books and several engineering manuals regarding design and management. Professional activities include technical seminars and courses in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
In addition, he has served as a Visiting Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University for Application of Advanced Wastewater Technology. He has also served as Chairman of three organizations within his community, helping to raise millions of dollars through special funding drives.
Inducted October 21, 2005