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Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System (2012)

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Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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ATTACHMENT D

BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Robert A. Beaudet, chair, is recently retired from the faculty of the University of Southern California where he has served continuously in the Department of Chemistry since 1962. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1962. From 1961 to 1963, he was a U.S. Army officer in the Chemical Branch and served at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1962 and has served continuously in the Department of Chemistry since that time. Most of his academic career has been devoted to research in molecular structure and molecular spectroscopy. He also has served on Department of Defense committees addressing both offensive and defensive aspects surrounding chemical and biological warfare agents. He was chair of an Army Science Board committee that addressed chemical detection and trace gas analysis. Dr. Beaudet served as a member of the NRC’s 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). He was also the chair of an Air Force technical conference on chemical warfare decontamination and protection. Dr. Beaudet has participated in numerous studies by the National Research Council (NRC) dealing with chemical and biological sensor technologies and properties and detection of energetic materials. Over the past decade, he has chaired or served as a member on numerous NRC committees examining issues on the design of the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program pilot plant facilities in Colorado and Kentucky.

Dibakar Bhattacharyya is the University of Kentucky Alumni Professor of Chemical Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an M.S. from Northwestern University, and a B.S. from Jadavpur University. He is a co-founder of the Center for Membrane Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He is a co-principal investigator of a recently funded National Science Foundation-Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. He has been at the University of Kentucky since 1969. Dr. Bhattacharyya was the Meeting Program Chair (MPC) of the 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and a co-MPC of the 2008 AIChE Centennial Meeting. He has had more than 175 refereed journal articles and 20 book chapters published (mostly in the area of water research), and has recently received four U.S. patents (three involving functionalized membranes, and one on hazardous waste destruction technology). He and his group developed a highly novel platform for the detoxification of organics by membrane-based nanoparticles.

Dr. Bhattacharyya has mentored many graduate and undergraduate students in the area of water research, bioseparations, and membrane separation. He and his graduate students have pioneered the development of functionalized membranes for enzyme catalysis, ultrahigh-capacity metal capture, and nanostructured metal synthesis (including green synthesis) for water and biological applications, with publications in the Journal of Membrane Science, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Langmuir, The Journal

Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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of Physical Chemistry B and The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Chemistry of Materials, and other periodicals. He has worked with several industrial projects dealing with wastewater, material recovery, and membrane separations for water reuse. He has been engaged in recent projects that involved working jointly with three industries (the food and pharmaceutical industries, and a large membrane manufacturer) on the development and use of solvent-resistant membranes for material recovery and separations.

Dr. Bhattacharyya has received a number of awards for his research and educational accomplishments, including the 2010 Epstein Service award from AIChE, the 2009 Gerhold Award on membrane separations technology from AIChE, 2004 Kirwan Prize for Outstanding Research, the Lawrence K. Cecil AIChE Environmental Division Award, the Kentucky Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scientist Award, the Henry M. Lutes Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Educator, AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter Counselor Awards, and the University of Kentucky Great Teacher (1984, 1996, and 2008) Awards. He was the editor (with D. Allen Butterfield as co-editor) of a work entitled New Insights Into Membrane Science and Technology: Polymeric and Biofunctional Membranes (Elsevier, 2003). At the 2007 Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society, Dr. Bhattacharyya was honored for his contributions in the area of membranes and applications. He was also a keynote speaker at the Oxford University research event on membranes and water (September 2010). His recent publications include an article entitled “Reactive Nanostructured Membranes for Water Purification,” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (May 23, 2011).

Eric M.V. Hoek is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Hoek is also a faculty member of the California NanoSystems Institute and the UCLA Water Technology Research Center. His research explores the union of nanomaterials and membrane technologies and their application to water purification, energy production, and environmental protection—all keys to a more sustainable future.

In the past decade, Dr. Hoek and his students published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature Materials, Nano Letters, Environmental Science and Technology, Energy and Environmental Science, Langmuir, Journal of Membrane Science, and Desalination. Dr. Hoek also has 9 patents awarded (or pending), which have led to several startup water technology companies, including NanoH2O, Inc. Dr. Hoek received the 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Walter L. Huber Prize for Achievements in Civil Engineering Research for his pioneering work on thin-film nanocomposite reverse osmosis membranes.

Dr. Hoek received his B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA, and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Yale University.

Kimberly L. Jones is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Howard University. She had served as an associate and an assistant professor in this department from 1996 to 2009. Over the past 5 years, while she has continued to build her environmental engineering capabilities, her research objectives have primarily been interdisciplinary, collaborative research in the emerging research areas of nanotechnology

Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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and nanobiotechnology. Dr. Jones has worked to develop an effective research strategy to investigate innovative technologies involving nanotechnology, environmental engineering, and membrane processes in an effort to solve some of the more pervasive problems facing our world. She has also continued to pursue efforts to attract, retain, and graduate technically competent African-American students in order to increase the number of minority engineers and scientists in academic, industrial, and government-related careers.

Dr. Jones received her B.S. in civil engineering from Howard University, an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ronald Latanision (NAE) is the corporate vice president at Exponent, Inc. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Latanision was the director of the H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and held joint faculty appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is now an emeritus professor at MIT. In addition, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of ASM International, NACE International, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1983 to 1988, Dr. Latanision was the first holder of the Shell Distinguished Chair in Materials Science. He was a founder of Altran Materials Engineering Corporation, established in 1992, and led the Materials Processing Center at MIT as its director from 1985 to 1991.

Dr. Latanision’s research interests are focused largely in the areas of materials processing and in the corrosion of metals and other materials in aqueous (ambient as well as high-temperature and high-pressure) environments. He specializes in corrosion science and engineering with particular emphasis on materials selection for contemporary and advanced engineering systems, and in failure analysis. His expertise extends to electrochemical systems and processing technologies, ranging from fuel cells and batteries to supercritical water power generation and waste destruction. Dr. Latanision’s research interests include stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of metals and alloys, water and ionic permeation through thin polymer films, photoelectrochemistry, and the study of aging phenomena and life prediction in engineering materials and systems. He speaks annually at MIT’s Reactor Technology Conference for Utility Executives. Dr. Latanision is a member of the International Corrosion Council and, with Professor Noam Eliaz of Tel Aviv University serves, as co-editor-in-chief of Corrosion Reviews.

Dr. Latanision has served as a science adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Science and Technology, an executive branch office created to strengthen the Commonwealth’s science and technology infrastructure, with emphasis directed toward future economic growth. Dr. Latanision has served as a member of the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council and now serves as a member of the NRC’s Committee on Undergraduate Science Education. He hosts the annual Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition on the MIT campus. In June 2002, Dr. Latanision was appointed by President George W. Bush to membership on the U.S. Nuclear Waste

Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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Technical Review Board, a position in which he continues to serve in the administration of President Barack Obama.

Robert B. Puyear is currently working as an independent consultant specializing in corrosion prevention and control, failure analysis, and materials selection. Mr. Puyear worked at the Haynes Stellite Division of Union Carbide for 16 years developing high-performance materials for chemical and aerospace applications. He also worked for Monsanto for 21 years as a corrosion specialist; there he managed the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Section. He is an expert in materials engineering and in evaluating materials of construction. Mr. Puyear graduated from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy with a B.S. in chemical engineering, and from Purdue University with an M.S. in industrial administration. He was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Review and Evaluation of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program.

Vernon L. Snoeyink (NAE) is a professor of environmental engineering emeritus who worked in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since 1969. From 1985 to 1999 he served as coordinator of the Environmental Engineering and Science Program. Dr. Snoeyink has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in water chemistry and water quality control, as well as a course in cultural awareness and speech enhancement to advanced doctoral students. He is a coauthor of the volume Water Chemistry (John Wiley, 1980).

Dr. Snoeyink’s research has focused on drinking water quality control. His research program in recent years has centered on the removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water using adsorption systems, especially granular and powdered activated carbon systems that are coupled with membrane systems. Also, he is investigating the mechanisms of formation and means to control water quality problems that develop in drinking water distribution systems as a result of reactions of iron, aluminum, and other inorganic substances.

Dr. Snoeyink is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the International Water Association. He served as president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and currently is on the Editorial Advisory Board of AQUA.

Dr. Snoeyink holds a B.S. in civil engineering (1964), an M.S. in sanitary engineering (1966), and a Ph.D. in water resources engineering (1968), all from the University of Michigan.

Michael K. Stenstrom is a Distinguished Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has a Ph.D. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University (1976) and is a registered professional engineer in California (1982). He has been with UCLA since 1977, in the capacities of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, in addition to carrying out several university administrative assignments. The latter include serving as chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and director of the Institute of the Environment. From 2001 to 2003, he was the associate dean of the

Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water and wastewater treatment, mathematical modeling of environmental systems, and laboratory analysis. He performs research in these areas and has had more than 160 journal papers published, and a similar number of reports and conference papers.

Dr. Stenstrom is a frequent consultant to government agencies at the local, state, and national level and consulting firms working on improving or upgrading wastewater treatment systems. He has been involved in aeration systems upgrades throughout his career, having served on, and now chairing the ASCE-EWRI (Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers) Oxygen Transfer Standards Committee.

Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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Suggested Citation:"ATTACHMENT D BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS." National Research Council. 2012. Letter Report on: The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13372.
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The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) is under construction and will destroy the chemical weapons stockpile currently stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky. The Committee to Review the Water Recovery System at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant was assembled to review the water recovery system (WRS) that will be used to recycle the combined supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) system, cooling tower blowdown, and steam blowdown effluents for reuse as quench water in the SCWO process.

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant's Water Recovery System discusses various aspects of the WRS design and the committee's findings and recommendations. This report specifically reviews the anticipated operability of the current WRS design and the materials of construction selected for the WRS. This report reflects the reservations and recommendations of committee experts and will assist the BGCAPP program staff in operating the plant in as trouble-free a manner as possible.

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