Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
Peter B. Lederman retired as executive director, Hazardous Substance Management Research Center, and Executive Director, Office of Intellectual Property, New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is active as the principal of Peter Lederman & Associates. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Lederman has more than 50 years of broad experience in all facets of environmental management, control, and policy development; considerable experience in hazardous substance treatment and management; process design and development in the petrochemical industry; and more than 18 years of experience as an educator. He has industrial experience as a process designer and has managed the development of new processes through full-scale plant demonstrations. He is well known for his work as a professor in chemical process design. He led his company’s safety program in the early 1980s. He directed the nation’s oil spill R&D effort in the 1970s when he was at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Lederman is a registered professional engineer, registered professional planner, and a diplomate in environmental engineering. Dr. Lederman has also worked at the federal (EPA) and state levels with particular emphasis on environmental policy. He is a national associate of the National Academies. Dr. Lederman has been a chair and a member of several NRC committees related to the demilitarization of chemical weapons, including serving as chair of the “Stockpile” Committee from 1999 to 2003 and chairing the committee that produced the 2002 NRC report Closure and Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System.
Gary S. Groenewold is a staff scientist who has conducted research in surface chemistry, gas-phase chemistry, and secondary ion mass spectrometry at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) since 1991. His research has focused on determining the speciation of absorbed radioactive and toxic metals (U, Np, Pu, Am, Hg, Al, and Cu) and organic compounds (e.g., VX, G agents, HD, organophosphates, amines, and sulfides). Prior to this, Dr. Groenewold served three years in line management at the INL and as the technical leader of an environmental organic analysis group. Before going to the INL, Dr. Groenewold worked in anticancer drug discovery for Bristol-Myers, using mass spectrometry as an identification tool. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Nebraska, where he studied ion-molecule condensation and elimination reactions in the gas phase. He has authored 85 scientific publications on these subjects.
Deborah L. Grubbe is currently the president of Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC. Most recently she was vice-president, Group Safety and Industrial Hygiene, for BP International where she was accountable for providing global safety leadership in all business areas. Prior to that, Ms. Grubbe was employed by DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, where she held corporate director positions in safety, operations, and engi-
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
program guidelines for detection and monitoring of aging related degradation, and mitigation for nuclear generating stations and waste disposal facilities.
Louis T. Phillips is director of engineering for Resource: PM. Most recently he was a senior process design consultant for Sunoco, Inc., Philadelphia. Prior to that, he was a process design engineer for ICI Americas in Wilmington, Delaware. He has more than 33 years of experience in process plant engineering; his assignments have included process design, project engineering, decommissioning, and maintenance, along with safety relief system and hazop studies. At Sunoco he was the project manager for decommissioning of a lubricants storage and blending facility that included removing from service more than 200 storage tanks while complying with Pennsylvania storage tank environmental regulations. Mr. Phillips was responsible for authoring the Sunoco mothballing, decommissioning, and demolition procedures and was program manager for these efforts throughout the Northeast Refining Division. Mr. Phillips has authored a publication on decommissioning of process plants. He received his M.S. in chemical engineering from Villanova University and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Danny D. Reible (NAE) is currently the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering Coordinator for the University of Texas. He received a B.S. from Lamar University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology—all in chemical engineering. Dr. Reible leads both fundamental and applied efforts in the assessment of risks of hazardous substances. Dr. Reible has led the development of in situ sediment capping, and he has evaluated the applicability of capping technology to a wide range of contaminants and settings including PAHs from fuels, manufactured gas plants and creosote manufacturing facilities, PCBs, and metals. He has also advised both industry and regulatory groups on the applicability and design of capping for remediation at a variety of specific sites. His research has focused on the natural attenuation processes of contaminants as a result of a variety of processes in the environment. These processes are biological, chemical, and physical in nature, and thus the research has encouraged the development of interdisciplinary teams focused on understanding and manipulating these processes. He is a professional engineer who has also advised industry and regulatory groups.
W. Leigh Short, with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, retired as a principal and vice president of Woodward-Clyde responsible for the management and business development activities associated with the company’s hazardous waste services in Wayne, New Jersey. Dr. Short has expertise in air pollution, chemical process engineering, hazardous waste services, feasibility studies and site remediation, and project management. He has taught courses in control technologies, both to graduate students and as a part of the EPA’s national training programs. He has served as chairman of the NOx control technology review panel for the EPA. Dr. Short’s considerable project management experience related to remediation and closure of large industrial sites is of direct application to the work of this committee. Dr. Short was a member of the committee that produced the 2002 NRC report Closure and Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System.
Leonard M. Siegel is executive director of the Mountain View, California-based Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO), a project of the Pacific Studies Center that facilitates public participation in the oversight of military environmental programs, federal facilities cleanup, and Brownfields revitalization. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading experts on military facility contamination, community oversight of cleanup, and the vapor intrusion pathway. For his organization, he runs two Internet newsgroups: the Military Environmental Forum and the Brownfields Internet Forum. Mr. Siegel also serves on numerous advisory committees. He is a member of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council’s work team on permeable reactive barriers, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (California) External Advisory Group, and the Moffett Field (former Moffett Naval Air Station) Restoration Advisory Board.
David A. Skiven is currently serving as co-director of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Institute. He is recently retired as the executive director of the General Motors Corporation Worldwide Facilities Group. As GM’s Center of Facilities Expertise, the Worldwide Facilities Group is responsible for providing global leadership in the facilities, utilities, construction, and environmental segments, allowing corporate clients
to focus on their core business, resulting in structural cost savings and improved utilization of assets. After joining GM’s Fisher Body Division in 1970, Mr. Skiven worked in various engineering operations. He was plant engineer at the Fisher Guide-Trenton, New Jersey, plant from 1981 to 1985. Subsequently, he was named manager of Manufacturing Planning, Industrial Engineering, and Facilities at Fisher Guide Division’s General Office. In 1985, he was appointed manager of Facilities and Future Programs Manufacturing Engineering for the Saturn Corporation. In 1992, Mr. Skiven was promoted to director of Plant Environment and the Environmental Energy Staff, and in early 1993, he was appointed executive director of the Worldwide Facilities Group. He has served on the NRC’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Mr. Skiven has been a frequent advisor to a number of federal facilities organizations, including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. He is currently consulting in the facilities-related fields. He is also on the Board of Directors of BioReaction, Inc., a pollution control technology company. He recently received ESD’s Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award, the highest award given by the society. Mr. Skiven has a B.S. from General Motors Institute (GMI) and an M.S. from Wayne State University. He is also a registered professional engineer.
Sheryl A. Telford is director of the DuPont Corporate Remediation Group, managing the company’s global environmental remediation responsibilities. Prior to joining DuPont, she was an environmental policy manager at PSEG in Newark, New Jersey, working on issues related to land use, waste, and site remediation programs for the company’s combined electric and gas businesses. She has 10 years of experience as an environmental regulator in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection developing program and policy initiatives for the Site Remediation and Waste Management programs, including work on the state’s first Brownfield law. She has presented at numerous national forums on matters related to site remediation, redevelopment, and brownfields. She holds a B.A. in chemistry and physics from Wheaton College.
Lawrence J. Washington, retired corporate vice president for Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), worked for the Dow Chemical Company for more than 37 years. Among his many distinctions, Mr. Washington chaired the Corporate Environmental Advisory Council and the EH&S Management Board and Crisis Management Team. He also served as an officer of the company. In his previous role as corporate vice president, EH&S, Human Resources, and Public Affairs, Mr. Washington supported the creation of the Genesis Award Program for Excellence in People Development and initiated several new programs to support employee development. His career included many roles in operations, including leader of Dow’s Western Division and general manager and site leader for Michigan operations. Mr. Washington earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit.