neering. Her many assignments have included capital project implementation, strategic safety assessments, manufacturing management, and human resources. In 2007, Ms. Grubbe chaired the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology. She has served as a consultant to the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board and has been appointed to the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Grubbe was a member of the Board of Directors of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and she sat on the Board of Advisors to the Center for Chemical Process Safety. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Safety Council. She serves as a member of the Purdue University College of Engineering Advisory Council and was the first woman and youngest elected member on the State of Delaware Registration Board for Professional Engineers (1985-1989). Ms. Grubbe graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering with highest distinction from Purdue University. She received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to attend Cambridge University in England, where she received a Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Chemical Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. Ms. Grubbe has been a member of several NRC committees related to the demilitarization of chemical weapons, including the committee that produced the 2002 NRC report Closure and Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System.


John R. Howell (NAE) is the Ernest Cockrell, Jr., Memorial Chair and Baker Hughes Incorporated Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Texas. Professor Howell received his Ph.D. in engineering, his M.S. in chemical engineering, and his B.S. in chemical engineering, from the Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University). Professor Howell joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. He has received national and international recognition for his continuing research in radiative transfer, particularly for adapting Monte Carlo techniques to radiative transfer analysis. His recent research has centered on inverse analysis techniques applied to the design and control of thermal systems with significant radiative transfer. Professor Howell served on the NRC Committee to Review and Assess Developmental Issues Concerning the Metal Parts Treater Design for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, as well as the NRC Panel on Benchmarking the Research Competitiveness of the United States in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Todd A. Kimmell is principal investigator with the Environmental Science Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. He is an environmental scientist and policy analyst, with more than 30 years of experience in solid and hazardous waste management, permitting and regulatory compliance, cleanup programs, environmental programs policy development, and emergency management and homeland security. He has supported the Army’s chemical and conventional munitions management programs, and has contributed to the Army’s Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment Program and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. Mr. Kimmell also has a strong technical background in analytical and physical/chemical test method development, and analytical quality assurance and control. He has served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Homeland Security Research Center on environmental test methods for chemical, biological, and radiological assessment for emergency response. Mr. Kimmell has also supported a number of environmental permitting programs at Army chemical weapons storage sites and at open burning/open detonation sites. He graduated from George Washington University with an M.S. in environmental science.


Kalithil E. Philipose is a senior research engineer and project manager with Atomic Energy of Canada at the Chalk River Laboratories Centre. He holds a master’s degree in civil and structural engineering and is a registered professional engineer with the province of Ontario, Canada. He has more than 35 years of experience on various projects involving design and construction of nuclear waste disposal facilities and decommissioning of major facilities contaminated with highly radioactive waste materials. He was responsible for developing a durable concrete with an engineered service life of 500 years for a low-level waste repository. His responsibilities included decommissioning planning of large, buried carbon steel tanks containing heels of high-level waste, and research and development on the storage of cement-grouted fissile high-level liquid waste, development of aging management



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