Philip Benson is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Washington, D.C. with more than 30 years of experience focused on project delivery in the water for power, mining, and manufacturing industries. Philip is a recognized expert in power plant water management.
Phil helps clients by developing and leading high-performance teams; delivering consulting studies and designs; and developing and implementing business and technical strategies at the organization, region, market, client, and program levels. As an industrial wastewater senior technologist and project manager in the power, metals, mining, and general manufacturing industries, Philip has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge concerning toxic discharges from coal-fired power stations and mitigation measures, having performed projects at over 30 power stations. He has led or sponsored many large environmental and industrial water programs, resulting in the integration of client needs, regulatory requirements, and business constraints to deliver successfully projects in diverse geographies, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Phil is a client service leader in the water for mining sector, involved in major projects and proposals including Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, Teck Resources, and a major confidential potash mine development effort. Phil also assists water for general industrial clients, which include the electronics, pharmaceutical, metals, aviation, automotive, and food and beverage industries.
Phil continues to advance the industrial water practice at Geosyntec, focusing on helping power companies respond to water management challenges created by the recently revised Effluent Limitations Guidelines and the Coal Combustion Residuals regulations, and on optimizing water management at mining facilities. He is engaged in a Geosyntec initiative to provide optimized water solutions to data centers and other industries.
Phil received the Black Engineer of the Year Visionary Award in 2013, during the 27th annual BEYA Science Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference held in Washington, D.C. In 2016, he was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) and served on ETTAC until 2019.