2017 Annual Meeting

For the past 70 years, the E.J. Zimmer Technical Seminar has proved to be an educational, progressive endeavor.

This year’s Technical Seminar, held Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10 in San Antonio, will feature three presentations on the topics of infection prevention, water treatment, and backflow prevention. Let’s learn something new together.

Since 1947, the E.J. Zimmer Technical Seminar has enabled attendees to explore and learn about various segments of the plumbing, mechanical, and water quality industries. Those who attend have the opportunity to learn and gain perspective directly from respected and experienced experts. Presentations range from in-depth case studies, to technical explanations of new technologies, to updates on codes, standards, and legislation. While presentations range in format, time and subject, what remains consistent is the fact that everybody leaves the seminar having learned something new.

Admittance to the E.J. Zimmer Techncial Seminar is included with all registration categories for the 2017 ASSE International Annual Meeting. For those only attending the Technical Seminar, a $50 E.J. Zimmer Technical Seminar Admission Pass is available.


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2017 Presentations


Molly Scanlon

Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA
The Power of Infection Prevention During Construction: Leveraging your credentials to gain clients

Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA is an Environmental and Occupational Health Research Scientist, as well as a licensed and certified Healthcare Architect at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona. She has 25+ years of planning and design experience for healthcare settings to create environments benefiting the health, safety, and welfare of patients, nurses, physicians, and staff. Dr. Scanlon’s research involves examining the built and natural environments impact on human health with an emphasis in health care settings. She recently contributed as a content writer for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)’s Legionellosis Prevention and Response Online Training Grant. Additionally, Dr. Scanlon is participating on research teams focusing on reducing hospital-associated infections through analysis of occupational stress risk factors for healthcare personnel.



Bruce Rathburn

Bruce Rathburn
Containment vs. Isolation Programs

Bruce Rathburn retired from San Antonio Water System in June of 2017 after 28 years of service. Rathburn supervised the backflow prevention section for 18 years. During this time, he served as a director and international president of the American Backflow Prevention Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation of safe drinking water. Rathburn has received the Meritorious Service Award from ABPA, which is the highest honor they bestow to an individual. In the state of Texas, he is a licensed water operator, a backflow trainer, proctor, and tester, and licensed to conduct water use surveys and perform customer service inspections. He is a member of the Cross-Connection Control Workgroup for the state of Texas, which provides regulatory support to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Since retirement, Rathburn has started a company – American Backflow H2o, which provides consulting, training, and testing, and is dedicated to preserving our most precious resource, water.



Tom Palkon

Thomas Palkon
ASSE Expands Product Certification to Include Water Treatment Equipment

Thomas Palkon, executive director of ASSE International, is responsible for ensuring that all ASSE International activities are carried out per the ASSE International Board of Director’s vision, mission, and philosophy. Palkon has been part of The IAPMO Group since January 2015. As IAPMO R&T senior vice president of Water Systems, Palkon is responsible for IAPMO R&T product certification of water treatment equipment. His technical expertise, laboratory experience, and product certification knowledge in the water treatment industry has allowed IAPMO R&T to expand and rapidly grow its product certification services for water treatment equipment. Prior to working for The IAPMO Group, Palkon worked for the Water Quality Association from 1997 to 2014.