Appendix C
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

Richard J. Ayen, Chair, now retired, was director of technology for Waste Management, Inc. Dr. Ayen 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 experience includes 20 years at Stauffer Chemical Company, where he was manager of the Process Development Department at Stauffer’s Eastern Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Dr. Ayen has published extensively in his fields of interest. He has extensive experience in the evaluation and development of new technologies for the treatment of hazardous, radioactive, industrial, and municipal waste. Dr. Ayen was a member of the NRC Committees on Review and Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for Demilitarization of Assembled Chemical Weapons (I and II) and several NRC committees dedicated to the U.S. Army’s non-stockpile disposal program initiatives.


Douglas M. Medville, Vice Chair, retired from MITRE as program leader for chemical materiel disposal and remediation. He has led many analyses of risk, process engineering, transportation, and alternative disposal technologies and has briefed the public and senior military officials on the results. Mr. Medville was responsible for evaluating the reliability and performance of the demilitarization machines used by the Army to disassemble stockpile chemical munitions and wrote several test plans and protocols for alternative chemical munition disposal technologies. He also led the evaluation of the operational performance of the Army’s chemical weapon disposal facility on Johnson Atoll and directed an assessment of the risks, public perceptions, environmental aspects, and logistics of transporting recovered non-stockpile chemical warfare materiel to candidate storage and disposal destinations. Before that, he worked at Franklin Institute Research Laboratories and General Electric. In recent years, he participated as a committee member in several NRC studies of the Army’s non-stockpile disposal program. Mr. Medville earned a B.S. in industrial engineering and an M.S. in operations research, both from New York University.


Robin L. Autenrieth, the A.P. & Florence Wiley Professor III in the Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, an M.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson College of Technology, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University. Dr. Autenrieth conducts research that connects engineering principles to the biological responses of environments exposed to damaging chemicals. Her research on biodegradation kinetics of nerve and blister agents, as well as explosives and petroleum products, is being used to develop models to predict risks associated with exposure. She links environmental contamination to impacts on exposed populations through human health risk assessment methods to estimate the potential for an adverse health effect. Dr. Autenrieth has also served on several previous NRC committees examin-



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appendix c Biographical sketches of committee members Richard J. Ayen, Chair, now retired, was director the evaluation of the operational performance of the of technology for Waste Management, Inc. Dr. Ayen Army’s chemical weapon disposal facility on Johnson managed all aspects of Waste Management’s Clemson Atoll and directed an assessment of the risks, public Technical Center, including treatability studies and perceptions, environmental aspects, and logistics of technology demonstrations for the treatment of haz- transporting recovered non-stockpile chemical warfare ardous and radioactive waste. His experience includes materiel to candidate storage and disposal destinations. 20 years at Stauffer Chemical Company, where he was Before that, he worked at Franklin Institute Research manager of the Process Development Department at Laboratories and General Electric. In recent years, he Stauffer’s Eastern Research Center. He received his participated as a committee member in several NRC Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University studies of the Army’s non-stockpile disposal program. of Illinois. Dr. Ayen has published extensively in his Mr. Medville earned a B.S. in industrial engineering fields of interest. He has extensive experience in the and an M.S. in operations research, both from New evaluation and development of new technologies for York University. the treatment of hazardous, radioactive, industrial, and Robin L. Autenrieth, the A.P. & Florence Wiley municipal waste. Dr. Ayen was a member of the NRC Committees on Review and Evaluation of Alternative Professor III in the Department of Civil Engineering Technologies for Demilitarization of Assembled Chem- at Texas A&M University, received a B.S. degree in ical Weapons (I and II) and several NRC committees biological sciences from the University of Maryland, dedicated to the U.S. Army’s non-stockpile disposal an M.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering program initiatives. from Clarkson College of Technology, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson Douglas M. Medville, Vice Chair, retired from University. Dr. Autenrieth conducts research that con- MITRE as program leader for chemical materiel dis- nects engineering principles to the biological responses posal and remediation. He has led many analyses of of environments exposed to damaging chemicals. Her risk, process engineering, transportation, and alterna- research on biodegradation kinetics of nerve and blister tive disposal technologies and has briefed the public agents, as well as explosives and petroleum products, is and senior military officials on the results. Mr. Medville being used to develop models to predict risks associated was responsible for evaluating the reliability and per- with exposure. She links environmental contamination formance of the demilitarization machines used by the to impacts on exposed populations through human Army to disassemble stockpile chemical munitions and health risk assessment methods to estimate the potential wrote several test plans and protocols for alternative for an adverse health effect. Dr. Autenrieth has also chemical munition disposal technologies. He also led served on several previous NRC committees examin- 

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 ASSESSMENT OF EXPLOSIVE DESTRUCTION TECHNOLOGIES ing aspects of the U.S. Army’s chemical demilitariza- chief engineer for incineration by 1972. At that time tion activities. She is the current head of the Environ- he founded his own company, and he has since been mental and Water Resources Division and holds a joint responsible for the design and construction of numer- appointment in the School of Rural Public Health. ous combustion systems, including solid waste incin- erators, thermal oxidizers, heat recovery systems, and Adrienne T. Cooper is an assistant professor in the gas-to-air heat exchangers. Mr. Hoecke has consider- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering able expertise in incineration technologies employed by at Temple University. She has 20 years of experience the Army in its demilitarization of chemical weapons, in chemical and environmental engineering, includ- most recently serving on the NRC’s Committee to ing process engineering, process and waste treat- Review the Design and Modeling of the Metals Parts ment development, and environmental regulation. Treater for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Dr. Cooper conducts research in catalytic processes for Pilot Plant (BGCAPP). environmental treatment and remediation and pollution Paul F. Kavanaugh, U.S. Army retired, is an engi- prevention. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Award for her research on neering management consultant with expertise in the development of photochemical reactors for water military and civil works design and construction. He is treatment and remediation. She has authored numer- a registered professional engineer. Previously, he was ous publications and made presentations in her field. the director of government programs for Rust Interna- Dr. Cooper has served as a member of several non- tional, Inc., and director of strategic planning for Waste stockpile technology evaluation panels since 1999. She Management Environmental Services. A retired Army holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the brigadier general, he served with the Army Corps of University of Florida and a B.S. in chemical engineer- Engineers, the Department of Energy, and the Defense ing from the University of Tennessee. Nuclear Agency. He also managed projects for the U.S. Army Chemical Demilitarization Program at Johnston Martin K. Gollin is an independent process design Atoll. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from and process safety consultant engineer with an ongo- Norwich University and an M.S. in civil engineering ing relationship with Carmagen Engineering, Inc., and from Oklahoma State University. was previously with ARCO Chemical Co. He has over Todd A. Kimmell is principal investigator with the 20 years of experience in process engineering and the management of capital projects, risk assessment, pro- Environmental Sciences Division at the U.S. Depart- cess safety, loss prevention, and product development. ment of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. He is From 1988 to 1999 he served as process design man- an environmental scientist and policy analyst with more ager and principal engineer at ARCO Chemical Co., than 30 years’ experience in solid and hazardous waste where he developed numerous processes and improve- management, permitting and regulatory compliance, ments. He was the EH&S manager for a $1 billion cleanup programs, environmental programs’ policy grassroots project in the Netherlands and was a member development, emergency management, and homeland of the panel that wrote the CCPS book LOPA–Layer of security. He has supported the Army’s chemical and Protection Analysis. He has been a member of several conventional munitions management programs and has National Academy of Sciences committees reviewing contributed to the Army’s ACWA program and the various aspects of the programs to destroy chemical Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. munitions and materiel. He earned B.S. and M.S. Mr. Kimmell also has a strong technical background in degrees in chemical engineering from Loughborough analytical and physical/chemical test method develop- University of Technology in England. ment and analytical quality assurance and control. He has served the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s David A. Hoecke is currently president and CEO of National Homeland Security Research Center on Enercon Systems, Inc. He graduated from the Cooper environmental test methods for chemical, biological, Union with a B.S.M.E. His expertise is in the fields and radiological assessment for emergency response. of waste combustion, pyrolysis, heat transfer, and gas Mr. Kimmell has also supported a number of environ- cleaning. In 1960 he began working for Midland-Ross mental permitting programs at Army chemical weapons Corporation as a project engineer, rising to be its storage sites and at open burning/open detonation sites.

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 APPENDIX C He graduated from George Washington University with Quality and holds an ASQ certification as a Manager an M.S. in environmental science. of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). He has been responsible for management and supervision George W. Parshall (NAS) was a consultant for E.I. of numerous projects related to the investigation and DuPont de Nemours & Company, having retired from remediation of sites contaminated with unexploded there in 1992 after a career at the company spanning ordnance and chemical warfare material. nearly 40 years. After 1979, he served as director of William R. Rhyne is a retired risk and safety analysis chemical science in duPont’s Central Research and Development. Dr. Parshall is a past member of the NRC consultant to the nuclear, chemical, and transportation Board on Chemical Science and Technology and took industries. He has over 30 years’ experience associated part in earlier NRC studies on the chemical demilitar- with nuclear and chemical processing facilities and ization activities of the U.S. Army. He is also familiar with the transportation of hazardous materials. From with the status of chemical demilitarization activities 1984 to 1987, he was the project manager and principal and technologies in other countries. He continues to investigator for a probabilistic analysis of transporting play an active role in NRC activities. He graduated obsolete chemical munitions. From 1997 to 2002, he was from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in organic a member of the NRC Committees for the Review and chemistry. Evaluation of Alternative Technologies for Demilitariza- tion of Assembled Chemical Weapons I and II and, more James P. Pastorick is president of UXO Pro, Inc., an recently, has served on NRC committees examining unexploded ordnance (UXO) consulting firm based in chemical stockpile secondary waste issues. Dr. Rhyne Alexandria, Virginia, that specializes in UXO planning has authored or coauthored numerous publications and and management consulting to state regulators. Since reports on nuclear and chemical safety and risk analysis he retired from the U.S. Navy as an explosives ord- areas and is the author of the book Hazardous Materials nance disposal officer and diver in 1989, he has been Transportation Risk Analysis: Quantitative Approaches working on civilian UXO clearance projects. Prior to for Truck and Train. He is a former member of the NRC starting his present company, he was the senior project Transportation Research Board’s Hazardous Materials manager for UXO projects at UXB International, Inc., Committee, the Society for Risk Analysis, the American and the IT Group. He is a master rated unexploded Nuclear Society, and the American Institute of Chemical ordnance technician with over 20 years of experience Engineers. He received a B.S. in nuclear engineering in explosive ordnance disposal. His expertise includes from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and D.Sc. chemical materiel handling, transport, disassembly degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of and disposal, and workforce protective ensembles. Virginia. Mr. Pastorick is a member of the American Society for

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