Philadelphia, Sep 16, 2004
A native of Philadelphia, Paramjitinder
Singh Dhillon (PJ) has more than 26 years of engineering experience
in various areas of government, most recently serving as an Engineering
Specialist with the Philadelphia Water Department. In addition
to a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the Institution
of Engineers in Calcutta, India, Dhillon holds several certificates
in the operation of wastewater treatment plants and collection
On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, Environmental
Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty appointed P.J. Dhillon
as a member of the Special Science and Technology Resources Team
in DEPs Office of Water Management in Harrisburg. Dhillon
is the first Sikh hired by the administration.
P.J.s extensive experience in government
civil engineering will help to ensure that Pennsylvania is using
the best technology and sound science available in the evaluation
and issuance of its many water and wastewater permits, Secretary
McGinty said. This special team is key in evaluating the
very technical aspects of DEPs many water and wastewater
permits. P.J. will help us stay up-to-date on the latest research
and innovation in wastewater technology to help us to protect
our waterways and improve our permitting process.
As a member of the Special Science and Technology
Resources Team, Dhillon will work with groups, technology developers
and reviewers to enhance the departments water and wastewater
technology efforts by providing a more consistent process in permit
reviews, policy development and research efforts.
Commissioner PJ Dhillon and his wife, Dhillon
Surinderjit Kaur, have two boys: Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, 25, and
Rupinderjit Singh Dhillon, 23; both are pursuing MDs. The Commissioner
is the fourth of five children, and the son of late retired army
officer Sardar Buta Singh Dhillon.