Member News 6.21.22

Posted By: Andrew Heidtke Member News,

Applied Technologies is pleased to announce that Alan Labisch has joined the firm as a project manager. Read the full press release below:

'Applied Technologies, Inc. (ATI) is excited to announce the hire of a new engineering consultant, Alan Labisch, in its headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin effective April 18, 2022. He is an Engineer in Training (E.I.T) supporting the company’s Water/Wastewater department as a full-time project engineer with a primary focus on wastewater process design.

Labisch graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, where his academic work reinforced his enthusiasm for environmental sciences. Through an undergraduate research fellowship with the National Science Foundation, Labisch assisted professors in researching and tracking the movement of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) compounds to Lake Superior. PCBs in Lake Superior bioaccumulate in the fatty tissues of fish and are often harmful to humans when consumed. He used meteorological data and the EPA’s particle trajectory model to verify that most PCBs were entering the Lake from southern air masses.

For his capstone project, Labisch mathematically modeled the adsorption of per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) onto granular activated carbon. The project identified treatment alternatives for PFAS-contaminated groundwater near Plainfield Township, Michigan and included cost estimates for removing seven of the most common PFAS from municipal drinking water.

In the three years after graduating, Labisch worked for Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. on its water and wastewater team. There he gained experience in the design and construction administration of municipal water and wastewater facilities, as well as general consulting experience.

"These first few months at ATI have amplified my passion for water and wastewater treatment. I am surrounded by knowledgeable and supportive people who are dedicated to solving interesting problems. There are many learning opportunities from various professionals who are all focused on their respective crafts. My long-term goal is to combine the knowledge that I gain from others with my experience to solve the infrastructure issues of tomorrow, and to design efficient and intuitive systems for our clients.”

Alan’s academic work with organic pollutants, his passion for water and environmental science, and his previous consulting experience are proving to be invaluable to ATI’s work and the future of water and wastewater treatment.

Applied Technologies, Inc. is a multi-discipline consulting engineering/architectural firm specializing in water and wastewater management, renewable energy, architectural design, and civil engineering. With offices in Wisconsin and Illinois, ATI serves municipal and industrial clients locally and internationally. For more information, contact Kimberly D’Amato at