WRP Volunteers and Staff

Waste Reduction Partners is uniquely staffed with retired engineers, scientists, and staff who share their expertise with businesses and communities across North Carolina. As a multidisciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, and chemical engineers, scientists, and architects, they have had distinguished careers in a variety of industries, such as automotive, food, textile, utility, chemical, paper, construction, aerospace, electronics, and government. This remarkable group has more than 2,200 years of cumulative experience.

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Al-Mishwit, Soud

Al-Mishwit, Soud

Work Experience:

34 years

Work History:

Spent over 20 years  as a professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Taught numerous undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses.  Taught for  three years at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, State of Kuwait – teaching undergraduate classes in thermal sciences.  Worked for the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research for five years.  Certified Energy Auditor.

Education:

Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

 

Keywords:

Alternative energy analysis, Energy efficiency, Engineering education, HVAC
Albrecht, Terry

Albrecht, Terry

Work Experience:

23 years

Work History:

Director of the Waste Reduction Partners (WRP), a technical consulting group of the Land of Sky Regional Council, which works in a partnership with NC DENR and the State Energy Program. The innovative team of volunteer and staff engineers provides waste reduction and energy efficiency assistance to businesses and public institutions throughout North Carolina. Since 2000, WRP has provided over 116,000 hours of technical assistance, helping businesses and municipal clients save over $22 million in utility costs - while improving their environmental performance.

Education:

Certified Energy Manager, a Professional Engineer in North Carolina, and holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from NCSU.

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, Pollution prevention, Program development, Water efficiency
Bartholomew. Jeff

Bartholomew. Jeff

Work Experience:

30 years

Work History:

Worked in computer manufacturing - Product / Vendor QA - T.I., Telex. Quality Engineer - Fujitsu Network Switching, Telecom. Sales - commercial / industrial lighting equipment. Business owner / manager for ten years.

Education:

BSEE - Rochester Institute of Technology

Keywords:

Energy efficiency
Bartlett, Paul

Bartlett, Paul

Work Experience:

41 years

Work History:

Mechanical and environmental engineer and Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina (#030361) with experience in manufacturing, process industries, product development, and consulting for engineering and environmental, health and safety (EHS) companies. Has designed, installed, started up, and developed/submitted permits for air pollution control and wastewater pretreatment systems.

Has also managed business development efforts, client projects, and a regional staff of engineers, scientists, and test technicians for an ENR 200 firm. Last position before retiring was the design and administrative review and approval of stormwater permit applications in North Carolina's Express Permitting Program for coastal counties.

Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, N.C. State University; Boston University, courses in M.S. Administration Program.

Keywords:

Air and noise control, Environmental engineering, Environmental permits and compliance, Mechanical engineering, Process efficiencies, Water - wastewater treatment
Bestul, Lynn

Bestul, Lynn

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Lynn Bestul was involved in energy conservation and quality improvement at Florida Power and Light.  He also took part in residential and commercial generation studies, recycling education and program development and special even recycling design at the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Fl.  Managed recycling collection and processing operation, coordinated special waste collection programs and promoted recycling through education and presentations.

Keywords:

Environmental Management, Sustainability
Birdsong, Bill

Birdsong, Bill

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Engineering generalist with extensive experience in manufacturing. Held corporate industrial engineering positions with O'Neal Steel, Pentair Corporation/Lincoln Automotive Division, and O'Sullivan/Gulf Stream Division.

Education:

M.S. Management, Georgia Southwestern State University, B.E.T. Industrial Systems Engineering, University of South Florida

Keywords:

Capital programs, Computerized maintenance, Facilities layout, Manufacturing automation, Material handling _ storage, Metal and plastic processes, Process efficiencies
Black, Tom

Black, Tom

Work Experience:

40 years

Work History:

Worked for a major boiler manufacturer for 29 years. Held positions of Field Engineer, Design Engineer, District Manager for Industrial and District Manager for utility and industrial markets in the Midwest and New England. Experience ranged from small industrial boilers to large utility boilers firing a wide range of fuels. In addition to this experience Tom worked for two engineering firms in project development, specializing in small power and steam plants.

Education:

Bachelor of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

Keywords:

Energy efficiency
Bolick, Arami

Bolick, Arami

Work Experience:

9 years

Work History:

English Teacher for Transylvania County Schools -  9 through 12 grades.

Education:

B.A. in Literature from UNC-Asheville, 9-12 Teaching Certification; Fulbright-Hayes Study Abroad - Australia 200

Keywords:

Food - organics, Hospitality industry, Medical industry, Multi-family residential, Recycling, Solid waste reduction
Boutwell, Adrian

Boutwell, Adrian

Work Experience:

44 years

Work History:

Project /Construction Manager with experience including process and equipment troubleshooting, debottlenecking, and management of projects of various size and types.  Experience in engineering management, budgeting, engineering studies and other functions.  Licensed General Contractor in North Carolina.  Licensed Home Builder in Alabama.

Education:

B.S. Mechanical Engineering - The University of Alabama;  Selected as a University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering Fellow in 1995.

Keywords:

Construction management, Energy efficiency, Paper, Project engineering, Project management, Wood products _ cement

Bowden, Barry

Work Experience:

38 years

Work History:

Worked in the paper industry as a process and product development engineer. Supervised productivity improvement programs, solving quality and process problems, reducing water usage and minimizing solid effluents, training operating personnel in the use of process control computers. Prepared training manuals, test procedures and start-up sheets for ISO 9000 certification.

Education:

Diploma, Machining Technology, Blue Ridge Community College; BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Maine; Certificate, Pulp and Paper Technology, University of Maine

Keywords:

Chemical system modification, Manufacturing processes, Paper product design, Quality
Brown, Robert

Brown, Robert

Work Experience:

35 years

Keywords:

Stormwater
Carter, Robert

Carter, Robert

Work Experience:

56 years

Work History:

Twenty-three years as an Army officer and student; 8 years with Texas and North Carolina state governments;  9 years in industry; 16 years as a contractor for North Carolina and the EPA.

Education:

BS-USMA; BS/MS Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona; MA- Fairleigh Dickinson University, 36 hours post-graduate studies in Environmental Engineering; 60+ months military studies including U.S. and Australian Army Staff Colleges.

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, Pollution prevention, Solid waste reduction, Waste reduction training, Water quality

Chambless, Jerome

Work Experience:

25 years

Work History:

Mechanical design, industrial and agricultural, botanist and microbiologist, chemistry teacher, environmental remediation professional, emergency response and disaster relief worker and entrepreneur.

Education:

B.S. Biological Studies, M. Ed. Science Education

Keywords:

Recycling, Reuse, Solid waste reduction
Chmelik, John

Chmelik, John

Work Experience:

25 years

Work History:

Worked for the U.S. Forest Service which included forecasting timber and waste paper supply and demand.  Conducted secondary wood products manufacturing studies through the University of Montana.  Evaluated sawmill design and production with the Forest Research Institute in New Zealand.

Education:

BS University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, MS University of Washington

Keywords:

Biomass energy production, Energy efficiency, Environmental economics, GIS mapping, Wood recovery and recycling
Courts, Andrew

Courts, Andrew

Work Experience:

25 years

Work History:

Building scientist, he holds the LEED AP, HERS Rater, BPI Buildng Analyst, BPI Envelope Specialsit, NAHB Green Building Professional, NAHB Verifier, RESNET Green Verifier, Green Plumber Certification and BROKER/GRI/EcoBroker designations. He is a frequent writer and speaker on energy efficiency and renewable energy issues.

Education:

BS Economics, Clemson University, Certificate in Non-profit Management, Duke University

Keywords:

Behavior modification, Building envelope, Energy efficiency
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