President of FOX Engineering Receives Bedell Award


The Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a Member Association. The award is named for Arthur Sidney Bedell, the second president of the Federation who exemplified its purpose by his long devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, now the New York Water Environment Association. He was Chief of the Bureau of Sewage and Waste Disposal of the New York State Department of Health.

Criteria for the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award:

  1. Must be a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  2. Organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation
  3. Size of the membership dictates the frequency with which Member Associations are eligible to make nominations for the award

Mr. Hobson holds degrees in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University (B.S.) and University of Missouri-Columbia (M.S.). He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Seven of the 11 Iowa BCEEs are associated with FOX Engineering.

With over 39 years of experience as a consultant to municipal and industrial clients, he has been involved in water and wastewater treatment facilities in Los Angeles, Boston, and others, ranging in capacity from 2 MGD to over 400 MGD. He has directed numerous wastewater feasibility and facility plan studies as project manager and served as an innovator to implement new technologies when appropriate. His special expertise extends to evaluation and design of wastewater facilities, biosolids thickening, treatment, dewatering and disposal, and anaerobic treatment technologies.


A Water Environment Federation (WEF) member since 1980, Keith has served on the House of Delegates for two terms and currently serves as Speaker of the House of Delegates, a volunteer body of the WEF, comprised of 105 members from across the globe. The House of Delegates is the advisory board to the WEF Board of Trustees. The House completes its work through five standing committees and three workgroups, which are ultimately overseen by Keith as Speaker of the House. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world.

Keith has also been an active member of the Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) serving on committees and consulting with IDNR on regulatory issues. He has authored many reports and presented technical papers on various topics in environmental engineering.


The team-oriented atmosphere at FOX is perfect. Rather than review employees, he asks what the company can do for them. It’s a model that contributes to the low turnover and high morale necessary for FOX to remain an innovative leader in water resources engineering. He has an open-door policy, and that desire to be accessible to his employees encourages growth and stability. From Keith: “We operate in an environment similar to that of a family: supportive, willing to tackle the hard jobs, and ready to have some fun at the same time.”

  • Although it is not the industry standard for the president to work in the field, Keith is very hands on where project work is concerned. About 35 percent of his time is spent in project management. He and the other FOX principals enjoy the challenges of project work and engaging with clients, helping them stay in better touch with what is important to the client and what’s happening in the industry.


Service to his community is important to Keith. He joined the board of directors for United Way of Story County in March 2015 and is currently serving a second term through 2021. Keith serves on the board of the Nevada Economic Development Corporation and is active in his church, United Methodist of Nevada. As a long-time Rotarian, he has made many trips to Xicotepec, Mexico, to share his expertise and good old-fashioned hard work in providing clean water to those less fortunate.

Last, but certainly not least, the most important people in Keith’s life are his wife, Brenda, their two daughters and sons-in-law and three grandchildren. Keith and Brenda live just outside Nevada, Iowa, where they stay involved in their community and church.

FOX Engineering is an environmental engineering firm based in Ames, Iowa. We specialize in water and wastewater solutions for our diverse municipal and industrial clients. Our work varies in size and scope and can be found throughout the Midwest and beyond.