Michael L. Wilks
Mike first joined Riordan in March, 2009 as a sophomore in college through the Co-op program at Drexel University. He continued to Co-op with Riordan Materials throughout the rest of his education at Drexel University as part of his engineering curriculum. He graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in June, 2013. During his time at Drexel University, Mike designed a net-zero water footprint building that utilized onsite capture and treatment of stormwater for potable water use and recycled treated blackwater for graywater purposes, such as flushing toilets. Mike also developed and carried out a microbial source tracking project the focused on remote lakes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In order to collect samples to analyze using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), Mike hiked and camped along the remote lakes. After graduation, he joined Riordan Materials full time as a Sales Representative focused in the eastern PA and southern NJ territory. Mike is an active member of the EPWPCOA PA-AWWA, NJ-AWWA, WEF, PWEA, NJWEA, and volunteer for Water for People. Mike is also an Eagle Scout of Troop 3 in Hatboro, PA. Mike’s love for the outdoors fuels his passion for the working in the water and wastewater industry. Some of his favorite outdoor trips have been a 4 day hike along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, Summiting Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in March, and canoeing the Missinaibi River in remote Canada which one of the longest free-flowing and undeveloped rivers in Ontario. Mike also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Christina and their new dog Lily.