Appendix A
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

Robert A. Beaudet, Chair, received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1962. From 1961 to 1962, he was a U.S. Army officer and served at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1962 and served continuously in the Department of Chemistry until his retirement in 2005. He also has served on Department of Defense committees addressing both offensive and defensive considerations surrounding chemical warfare agents. He was chair of an Army Science Board committee that addressed chemical detection and trace gas analysis. He also was the chair of an Air Force technical conference on chemical warfare decontamination and protection. He has participated in two National Research Council (NRC) studies on chemical and biological sensor technologies and energetic materials and technologies. Most of his career has been devoted to research in molecular structure and molecular spectroscopy. Dr. Beaudet served as chair of the Committee on the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternative Program. Previously, he served as a member of the NRC Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST), as a member of the NRC Committee on Review of the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Disposal Program, and as a BAST liaison to the Committee on Review and Evaluation of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program (Stockpile Committee).


Richard J. Ayen, now retired, was director of technology for Waste Management Inc. Dr. Ayen also managed all aspects of Waste Management’s Clemson Technical Center, including treatability studies and technology demonstrations for the treatment of hazardous and radioactive waste. His previous experience includes 20 years at Stauffer Chemical Company, where he was manager of the Process Development Department at Stauffer’s Eastern Research Center. Dr. Ayen has published extensively in his fields of interest. He was a member of the NRC Committee on Review and Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical Weapons (I and II) and was also chair of the NRC Committee on Review and Evaluation of International Technologies for the Destruction of Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.


Joan B. Berkowitz is currently managing director of Farkas Berkowitz and Company. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Dr. Berkowitz has extensive experience in the area of environmental and hazardous waste management, a knowledge of the technologies available for the cleanup of contaminated soils and groundwater, and a background in physical and electrochemistry. She has contributed to several Environmental Protection Agency studies, been a consultant on remediation techniques, and assessed various destruction technologies. Dr. Berkowitz is the author of numerous publications on hazardous waste treatment and environmental subjects.


Willard C. Gekler is currently an independent consultant working for his previous employer, ABS Consulting Inc. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with the degree of Petroleum Refining Engineer and pursued graduate study in nuclear engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles. His extensive experience includes membership on the NRC Chemical Materials Agency and Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives committees and on the Mitretek Systems expert panel reviewing the quantitative risk assessments and safety analyses for the Anniston, Umatilla, Pine Bluff, and Aberdeen chemical agent disposal facilities. He also serves on the Technical Oversight Committee provided by the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation for the review of design issues associated with the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant of the Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection. He also participated in the consequence screening assessment for the Newport Chemical Disposal Facility. Previously he was project engineer for various nuclear test facility designs and for development of facility design criteria for the Johnston



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appendix a Biographical sketches of committee members Robert A. Beaudet, Chair, received his Ph.D. in physical chair of the NRC Committee on Review and Evaluation of International Technologies for the Destruction of Non- chemistry from Harvard University in 1962. From 1961 Stockpile Chemical Materiel. He received his Ph.D. in to 1962, he was a U.S. Army officer and served at the Jet chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1962 and Joan B. Berkowitz is currently managing director of Farkas served continuously in the Department of Chemistry until Berkowitz and Company. She graduated from the University his retirement in 2005. He also has served on Department of of Illinois with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Dr. Berkowitz Defense committees addressing both offensive and defensive has extensive experience in the area of environmental and considerations surrounding chemical warfare agents. He was hazardous waste management, a knowledge of the tech- chair of an Army Science Board committee that addressed nologies available for the cleanup of contaminated soils chemical detection and trace gas analysis. He also was the and groundwater, and a background in physical and elec- chair of an Air Force technical conference on chemical war- trochemistry. She has contributed to several Environmental fare decontamination and protection. He has participated in Protection Agency studies, been a consultant on remediation two National Research Council (NRC) studies on chemical techniques, and assessed various destruction technologies. and biological sensor technologies and energetic materials Dr. Berkowitz is the author of numerous publications on and technologies. Most of his career has been devoted to hazardous waste treatment and environmental subjects. research in molecular structure and molecular spectroscopy. Dr. Beaudet served as chair of the Committee on the Assem- Willard C. Gekler is currently an independent consultant bled Chemical Weapons Alternative Program. Previously, he working for his previous employer, ABS Consulting Inc. served as a member of the NRC Board on Army Science and He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with Technology (BAST), as a member of the NRC Committee the degree of Petroleum Refining Engineer and pursued on Review of the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Disposal graduate study in nuclear engineering at the University of Program, and as a BAST liaison to the Committee on Review California in Los Angeles. His extensive experience includes and Evaluation of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal membership on the NRC Chemical Materials Agency and Program (Stockpile Committee). Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives committees and Richard J. Ayen, now retired, was director of technology on the Mitretek Systems expert panel reviewing the quantita- tive risk assessments and safety analyses for the Anniston, for Waste Management Inc. Dr. Ayen also managed all as- Umatilla, Pine Bluff, and Aberdeen chemical agent disposal pects of Waste Management’s Clemson Technical Center, facilities. He also serves on the Technical Oversight Com- including treatability studies and technology demonstrations mittee provided by the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with for the treatment of hazardous and radioactive waste. His Stakeholder Participation for the review of design issues previous experience includes 20 years at Stauffer Chemical associated with the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant of the Company, where he was manager of the Process Develop- Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection. He also ment Department at Stauffer’s Eastern Research Center. participated in the consequence screening assessment for Dr. Ayen has published extensively in his fields of interest. the Newport Chemical Disposal Facility. Previously he was He was a member of the NRC Committee on Review and project engineer for various nuclear test facility designs and Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for Demilitarization for development of facility design criteria for the Johnston of Assembled Chemical Weapons (I and II) and was also 

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 ReView aNd aSSeSSMeNT OF deVelOPMeNTal iSSueS CONCeRNiNg The MeTal PaRTS TReaTeR deSigN Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal system. His expertise is in Anniston, Pueblo, and Aberdeen sites. Ms. Kowbel has more plant design, hazard evaluation, quantitative risk analyses, than 25 years of experience in the environmental field and reliability assessment, and database development for risk and has been the environmental safety and health manager for reliability. Mr. Gekler is a member of the American Institute a 1,500-person workforce. She has also managed a team of of Chemical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society. 80 contractor staff providing environmental and industrial He is the author or coauthor of numerous publications. health services, including environmental compliance and permitting for the Edwards Air Force Base Environmental David A. Hoecke is currently president and CEO of Enercon Department. Ms. Kowbel is a registered professional engi- Systems Inc. He graduated from the Cooper Union with a neer and a board certified environmental engineer. She holds B.S.M.E. His expertise is in the fields of waste combustion, a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky pyrolysis, heat transfer, and gas cleaning. In 1960 he began John E. Morral is a professor and former chair of the working for Midland-Ross Corporation as a project engineer, rising by 1972 to be its chief engineer for incineration. At Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the that time he founded his own company, and he has since Ohio State University and is an emeritus professor from the been responsible for the design and construction of numer- University of Connecticut. At the University of Connecticut ous combustion systems, including solid waste incinerators, he also served as head of the Department of Metallurgy and thermal oxidizers, heat recovery systems, and gas-to-air Materials Engineering. Dr Morral’s major research interest heat exchangers. Mr. Hoecke has considerable expertise is diffusional kinetics with applications to high-temperature in incineration technologies employed by the Army in its coatings, gas-solid reactions, and the heat treatment of al- demilitarization of chemical weapons. loys. He is former chair of the American Society for Metals (ASM) Heat Treating Society R&D Committee and helped John R. Howell (NAE) is the Ernest Cockrell, Jr., Memorial draft ASM’s 1999 R&D Plan. In addition, he is deputy Chair and Baker Hughes Incorporated Centennial Profes- editor of the Journal of Phase equilibria and diffusion and sor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas former chair of the ASM Alloy Phase Diagram Committee, in Austin. He recently served (2003-2007) as the director Atomic Transport Committee, and Thermodynamics and of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Phase Equilibria Committee. With these committees he has Texas. Professor Howell received his Ph.D. in engineering helped organize a dozen national and international confer- (1962), his M.S. in chemical engineering (1958), and his ences, including two international conferences for ASM on B.S. in chemical engineering (1958), all from Case Institute heat treating. Dr. Morral received B.S. and M.S. degrees in of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) and 1964 and 1965 from the Ohio State University and a Ph.D. joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in in 1969 in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of 1978. He has received national and international recognition Technology. for his continuing research in radiative transfer, particularly Derrick K. Rollins serves as a professor of chemical en- for adapting Monte Carlo techniques to radiative transfer analysis. His recent research has centered on inverse analy- gineering at Iowa State University, where he also holds a sis techniques applied to the design and control of thermal half-time appointment in the Departments of Statistics and systems with significant radiation transfer. Professor Howell Chemical & Biological Engineering. His areas of research has served on the NRC Panel on Benchmarking the Research and expertise are in predictive modeling and control of Competitiveness of the U.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He chemical processes, process dynamics and control, and was elected a member of the NAE in 2005. advanced statistical modeling in chemical engineering. Dr. Rollins has received a number of technical and professional Nelline Kowbel is vice president and environmental pro- awards including the National Science Foundation Faculty gram manager at Malcolm Pirnie Inc., a leading private Fellow Award, the Mentor Award of the American Associa- environmental consulting firm. She is experienced in ord- tion for the Advancement of Science, and selection as one of nance explosives and chemical weapons disposal program Iowa State University’s most outstanding faculty members. permitting and operational requirements. Ms. Kowbel has He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the worked directly with regulatory compliance requirements for University of Kansas, M.S. degrees in chemical engineer- waste disposal operations, including chemical weapons dis- ing and statistics from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in posal compliance at the Johnston Atoll, Tooele, Pine Bluff, chemical engineering from Ohio State University.