Jaime Fernando Melo BAPTISTA | LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Portugal (2015)
Jaime Melo Baptista completed a degree in Civil Engineering in 1975 at the University of Porto, in Portugal, and did the Specialization Course in Sanitary Engineering in 1976/77 at the Nova University of Lisbon.
He began working at the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC) in 1976 and he managed its Sanitary Hydraulics Division between 1984 and 1989 and headed its Hydraulics Department between 1990 and 2000.
He carried out numerous research projects on the economic design and rehabilitation of water distribution systems. He is author or co-author of more than five hundred publications and technical and scientific papers.
He is member of the board of directors of the International Water Association (IWA) since 2012 and was honoured with the IWA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Water Management and Science. Between 2003 and 2015 he has been the chairperson of the Water and Waste Services Regulatory Authority (ERSAR), an independent administrative authority, regulating about 5,000 utilities providing those public services in Portugal.