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John J. Baum

President, Craft Products Company

John Baum is a second generation water technologist and has been president of Craft Products Company since 1990. 

Craft Products is a regional water treatment and international test kit and reagent supply firm operating in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 1937. Mr. Baum previously held the positions of vice president at Craft Products Company and vice president of sales and marketing for an analytical testing firm. 

Mr. Baum earned his BS in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and holds the Certified Water Technologist designation. He has authored numerous articles on water treatment topics and is an active presenter on technical and business aspects of water treatment. He is a past-president of The Association of Water Technologies and served on its board of directors for seven years.

Dr. Janet E. Stout, PhD

President and Director, Special Pathogens Laboratory

Dr. Janet E. Stout is president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

A clinical and environmental microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for more than 30 years of pioneering research in Legionella. Her expertise includes disinfection and control strategies for the prevention of Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne pathogens.

She is credited as the first to demonstrate the link between Legionnaires’ disease and the presence of Legionella in hospital water systems. Her seminal discovery in 1982, shifted the focus from cooling towers to water distributions systems as the primary source for Legionnaires’ disease. This changed the direction of research and expanded the water treatment industry’s approach to controlling Legionella. Since then, Dr. Stout has evaluated every major Legionella disinfection technology used today.

An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout was instrumental in developing the first U.S. prevention strategy for hospital-acquired Legionnaires’ disease in 1993. Later adopted by the Veteran’s Health Administration and others, the guideline continues to serve as a national model for Legionella prevention.

Dr. Stefano Malada, PhD

Research and Development Manager, Sanipur

After receiving a degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy, and an Erasmus fellowship at the University of Strasbourg, France, Stefano Meleda earned his Ph.D. from the University of Venice, Italy, where he studied H2O2 direct synthesis as part of a European Union research project. He has been working for Sanipur since 2005 as the R&D manager. Within this time, Sanipur developed and patented the Sanikill monochloramine disinfection system. Dr. Melada collaborates with different research institutions in Italy and abroad.