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Mr. Smith earned bachelor and master's degrees in civil engineering from CSULB. He also earned a Master of Public Administration, Public Works, degree from CSULB. Ben is currently a Principal Engineer at the Orange County Water District. In addition to being a Professional Engineer, he holds certifications as a California Water Treatment and Distribution Operator. At OCWD, he manages design and construction projects, assists the operations department, and administers the non-potable recycled water program. His project experience includes groundwater recharge spreading basins, injection and production wells, pipelines, pump stations, cathodic protection, and water/wastewater treatment. He has participated in the ASCE, EWB, and ESW organizations as an adviser and professional member.