Biographical Sketches of Workshop Speakers
Bhasker Davé is currently R&D manager of advanced recycle technology (industrial water management) and membrane separations technology at Ondeo Nalco Technical Center located in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Davé has more than 12 years of experience in design and evaluation of water recycle processes in the chemical processing, pulp and paper, and primary metals industries. Dr. Davé has a B.S. in chemical engineering (First Class with Distinction) from the University of Madras (India), a M.S. in thermal and environmental engineering from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Virginia Grebbien was appointed general manager of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in April 2002. With more than 16 years of experience, Ms. Grebbien is well known in the field of water resources management and planning both in Southern California and throughout the state. Ms. Grebbien came to OCWD from Poseidon Resources where she was senior vice president of project development. Her career includes holding several management positions, including principal engineer for Bookman Edmonston Engineering, general manager of Central and West Basin Municipal Water Districts, and manager of local resource development for Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Ms. Grebbien is a professional engineer with a B.S. degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. She is a former board member and past president of the WateReuse Association and founding president of the California WateReuse Research Foundation. Currently, Ms. Grebbien is a member of the WateReuse Federal Legislative Committee and serves on the Department of Water Resources Recycled Water Task Force.
Elias Greenbaum, is a corporate fellow and research group leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and professor of biological physics, University of Tennessee (UT). He received the B.S. degree from Brooklyn College and Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University under the guidance of Professor Chien-Shiung Wu. Dr. Greenbaum’s main area of research is the field of photosynthesis and its application to nanoscale science and technology, biosensor development, and renewable hydrogen production. He was named 2000 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist-of-the-Year and received the 1995 Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Biological and Chemical Technologies Research Program Award and several Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation and UT-Battelle, LLC awards. Dr. Greenbaum is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds 10 patents and is the author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is editor-in-chief of the Springer-AIP Biological and Medical Physics Series and served as associate editor of the Biophysical Journal.
Alan D. Hecht is currently director for sustainable development in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, Dr. Hecht was associate director for sustainable development at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In the White House, he also served as director of international environmental affairs for both the National Security Council and the Council on Environmental Quality (October 2001-May 2002). Dr. Hecht was the White House coordinator for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Spanning a federal career of 26 years, Dr. Hecht previously served as the principal deputy and deputy assistant administrator for international activities at the U.S. EPA (1989-2001). He was the acting assistant administrator for international activities from 1992 to 1994. Dr. Hecht has also served in science and policy positions with the National Oceanographic Administration (1982-1989) and the National Science Foundation (NSF; 1976-1982). He was director of the National Climate Program from 1981 to 1989, and director of the Cli-
mate Dynamics Program at NSF from 1976 to 1981. Dr. Hecht has a B.S. in geology from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in geochemistry and paleoclimatology from Case Western Reserve.
Thomas E. Hinkebein is a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Hinkebein currently manages the Geochemistry Department, which is responsible for a number of fundamental science studies as well as the development of novel arsenic water treatment processes. He also currently manages several labdirected research and development programs that explore novel concepts in water supply enhancement and desalination. Additionally, Dr. Hinkebein is responsible for coordinating the development of a technology roadmap for future research in desalination technology.
Dennis L. Hjeresen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) and as GCI director. He is on partial loan from the Risk Reduction and Environmental Stewardship Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has a long history of creating pollution prevention programs and catalyzing partnerships. Dr. Hjeresen established Los Alamos as the lead DOE laboratory for EPA Green Chemistry Programs. He has lectured and given presentations in this area all over the world and established significant international interest in green chemistry. Dr. Hjeresen serves as a member of the editorial or advisory boards for the Journal of Green Chemistry, the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, and the Journal of Clean Products and Environmental Policy. He serves as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology: Working Group on Research and Development in the Context of Sustainable Chemistry. Dr. Hjeresen received a M.S. in neuroscience in 1982 and a Ph.D. in neuroscience (minor in ecology) in 1984 from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research career has focused on biological effects of environmental pollutants and includes an extensive list of peerreviewed publications and a history of professional service.
Carol Jensen is vice president of global research and development for performance chemicals, the Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Jensen joined the company in 2001 from the 3M Corporation where she was the executive director of the corporate technology and electronics and communications markets. She started her career in 1979 with IBM in San Jose, California, as a group leader in electronic materials. In 1990, Dr. Jensen joined 3M Corporation in Austin, Texas. As technical director for electronic products, she led technology development and platform launches for various electronic connection and microcircuit products. In 1998, Dr. Jensen was named managing director for 3M Denmark A/S, in Copenhagen. She had responsibility for sales, marketing, customer relationships, technical service, and supply chain for the total portfolio of 3M products for Denmark, Iceland, and other Scandinavian countries. Dr. Jensen returned to the United States in 2000, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she had direct responsibility for several corporate R&D laboratories and oversight of the electronic and telecommunications business laboratories engaged in materials, process, and new product development covering much of 3M worldwide sales. Dr. Jensen has authored 7 patents and 25 trade secrets. She received a B.S. in chemistry from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
David Krabbenhoft is a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He has general research interests in geochemistry and hydrogeology of aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Krabbenhoft began working on environmental mercury cycling, transformations, and fluxes in aquatic ecosystems after completing his Ph.D. in 1988, and the topic has consumed him since. His work on mercury started with the Mercury in Temperate Lakes project in 1988, which served as the springboard for other environmental mercury research in the United States and around the world. In 1994, Dr. Krabbenhoft established the USGS Mercury Research Laboratory and has since assembled a team of multidisciplinary mercury investigators in Wisconsin. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art, analytical facility strictly dedicated to the analysis of mercury, with low-level speciation. In 1995, he initiated the multi-agency Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades (ACME) project, and in 1998, he organized and conducted a national synoptic sampling of mercury in sport fish, sediment, and water from 122 sites across the United States for the USGS. More recently, Dr. Krabbenhoft has been a primary investigator on the internationally conducted Mercury Experiment to Assess Atmospheric Loading in Canada and the United States (METAALICUS) project, which is a novel effort to examine the ecosystem-level response to loading an entire watershed with mercury. The Wisconsin Mercury Research Team is currently active in projects from Alaska to Florida, and from California to New England. Since 1990, Dr. Krabbenhoft has authored or coauthored about 50 papers on mercury in the environment. In 2006, he will serve as cohost for the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Madison, Wisconsin.
Richard G. Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. His B.S. in chemical engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering are from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Luthy’s area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality. His research
interests include physicochemical and microbial processes and applied aquatic chemistry with application to waste reduction and treatment, and remediation of contaminated soil and sediment. He is noted for work on phase partitioning and the treatment and fate of hydrophobic organic compounds. Dr. Luthy’s research emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to understand the behavior and availability of organic contaminants and the application of these approaches to bioavialability and environmental quality criteria. His current work includes the in situ control of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) in contaminated sediments, and the environmental fate and behavior of perfluorinated organic compounds and nitromusks in the aquatic environment. Dr. Luthy chairs the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Water Science and Technology Board and was a member of the NRC Committees on Innovative Remediation Technologies and on Intrinsic Remediation. He chaired the recently completed NRC study on the bioavailability of contaminants in soils and sediments. He is a past president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He is a registered professional engineer, a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Bruce A. Macler is national microbial risk assessment expert in the Water Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 9). As national expert for microbial risk assessment for EPA, Dr. Macler provides guidance and assists in developing agency policies and programs in human health and ecosystem risk assessment and risk management. Prior to his current assignment, he served as national drinking water regulations manager from 1993 to 1997. Before joining the EPA in 1989, he was an assistant research botanist and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley (1982-1987) and as assistant research professor in the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1981-1982). Dr. Macler earned his A.B. (1974) and his Ph.D. (1981) in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. His current research interests center on determining the magnitude and causes of waterborne microbial disease. This work has included several studies on the occurrence of fecal pathogens in groundwater, their fate and transport in the subsurface environment, and approaches to assessing public health impacts from these contaminants. Associated research interests include public perceptions on the safety of drinking water and their implications for regulatory water policy. Major current activities involve characterization of vulnerability to bioterrorism attacks on drinking water and development of a risk assessment paradigm for indoor molds. As national drinking water regulation coordinator for EPA Region 9, Dr. Macler participates actively in the development and implementation of all national primary drinking water regulations.
Floyd E. Wicks is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of American States Water Company. Mr. Wicks is also president and CEO of Southern California Water Company (SCWC), the principal operating subsidiary of American States Water Company, and president and CEO of American States Utility Services Company and Chaparral City Water Company in Arizona. A registered professional engineer in California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Wicks’ professional career spans the past 30+ years. He received both his B.S. in civil engineering and his M.S. in water resources engineering from Ohio State University. Mr. Wicks is a member of various professional organizations, including the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) for which he served an 18-month term as president. Mr. Wicks continues to serve on the NAWC Nominating Committee and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Water Works Association Research Foundation. Mr. Wicks is also a past member of the Advisory Committee to the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.