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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Denny, Dale

Denny, Dale

Work Experience:

30 years

Work History:

Was General Manager for the Environment and Energy Division of Concurrent Technologies Corporation and was Executive Director for the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence. Have over 30 years manufacturing, environmental, and research experience at EPA, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Environmental Research and Technology and as president of my own consulting firm.  Was Director of Product Development for the Ross Division of Abbott Laboratories and also taught chemical engineering for ten years at North Carolina State University as well as teaching OSHA, EPA and DOT training courses for over ten years.

Education:

BS. MS. PhD., Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University

Keywords:

Chemical process technology, Cost analysis, EHS training, Energy efficiency, Environmental technology, Food processing
Dobbins, Chris

Dobbins, Chris

Work Experience:

42 years

Work History:

A diverse background from high school automotive mechanics to aviation mechanic and search & rescue plane captain in the USCG.  Owned/operated an automotive and marine sales service company.  Manufacturing Process Engineer for machinery assembly and plastic injection molding operations, including new facility startups and construction.  City of Asheville Fleet Manager, retired.

Education:

A.A.S., Mechanical Engineering, Asheville-Buncombe Community College, Asheville, North Carolina

Keywords:

Alternative vehicle fuels, Clean Vehicles Coalition, Fleet management
Falkenstein, Dan

Falkenstein, Dan

Work Experience:

42 years

Work History:

Employed by John Deere with roles in Manufacturing Engineering, Operations, Facilities, Project Management, and Quality Engineering. Worked in Combine, Planter, Diesel Engine, and Transaxle business units. Spent the last ten years in various corporate Quality Engineering roles. Lived as an expat in Mexico while working on the construction, startup, and operation of a new diesel engine manufacturing plant. Also part of a team that started a joint venture with two Japanese companies to make transaxles in Rock Hill, SC.

Education:

BS Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University. MBA from St Ambrose University. American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications of Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Auditor, and Quality Manager/Operational Excellence

Keywords:

Lean manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Quality
Fermor, Beverley

Fermor, Beverley

Work Experience:

30 years

Work History:

Assistant Professor with Duke University Medical Center, Division of Orthopaedics; Research Associate with Duke University Medical Center, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bristol University and the Royal Post Surgery Medical School; Author of more than 40 articles; and member of several professional organizations.

Education:

Ph.D. University of Bristol, M.I. Biol. Physiology and Pharmacology, University of West England

Keywords:

Plastics recycling, Research, Solid waste reduction, Technical writing, Zero waste to landfill
Ferrell, Katie Cavert

Ferrell, Katie Cavert

Work Experience:

16 years

Work History:

Environmental Education, Peace Corps volunteer, waste and recycling, teacher, communications, sustainability outreach.

Education:

Katie holds a BS in Geology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN and an MS degree in Appropriate Technology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Keywords:

Education outreach, Sustainability
Ferris, Martin

Ferris, Martin

Work Experience:

41 years

Work History:

Worked 14 years with Olin Corporation in engineering and operations. Spent 27 years with Air Products & Chemicals as Plant / Site Manager, Corporate Safety & Environmental Director, and Manufacturing Director. Currently principal and owner of MW Ferris Group LLC and Sr. VP of The SRI Group.

Education:

B.S., Ch.E. University of Kentucky; Graduate studies University of Louisville Speed Scientific School; P.E.-KY.

Keywords:

Chemical Engineering, Environmental controls, Plant operations _ safety, Process efficiencies
Fling, Mary

Fling, Mary

Work Experience:

25 years

Work History:

Senior scientist in a large pharmaceutical company in the areas of infectious diseases, molecular biology and molecular genetics. Indepth experience with a wide range of molecular biological and molecular genetics techniques and instrumentation that supported research in therapeutic areas such as oncology, viral and bacterial diseases, and asthma.  By leading and participating in international project teams, have developed strong communications and teamwork skills leading to successful outcomes in culturally diverse situations.

Education:

B.S. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nebraska; Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, University of Washington.

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, Microbiology, Molecular biology
Foster, Jan

Foster, Jan

Work Experience:

19 years

Work History:

Has 19 years of experience in recycling and solid waste management programs. Worked with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on recycling program implementation and illegal dump prevention projects. Previously worked in the State of Georgia Purchasing Office where she implemented the state's Environmental Purchasing Program. Also worked as a Promotions Manager and Operations Assistant with the University of Colorado Recycling Services.

Education:

BA in Environmental Concervation, University of Colorado, 1994

Keywords:

Environmental purchasing practices, Food waste composting, Recycling, Solid waste reduction
Gilbreath, Bob

Gilbreath, Bob

Work Experience:

45 years

Work History:

Rust International Corporation, Engineering, Birmingham, AL

Education:

BSME,MSME University of Alabama

Active Associations:  ASME, ASHRAE, NSPE
Registered Engineer: North Carolina, Alabama

Keywords:

Energy audits, eQuest, HVAC, M & V, Renewable energy, Solar, Technical writing, Wind Turbines
Godsey, Betsy

Godsey, Betsy

Work Experience:

40 years

Work History:

Research Chemist at Chevron, Syntex, Elan Pharmaceuticals.  Implemented and managed RCRA, OSHA, Hazmat waste policies; improved working conditions and safety inspections at each of these companies.

Education:

Post doctoral work in Ayurveda from the Ayurveda Institute, NM.  Ph.D, MS, BS in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Holistic Health.  BA Chemistry, graduate work in Advanced Organic Chemistry, Teaching Certificate from San Francisco State University.

Keywords:

Hazmat, Regulatory compliance, Solid waste reduction
Goers, Marshall

Goers, Marshall

Work Experience:

27 years

Work History:

Worked in consulting engineering the majority of career.  Consulted with industries, municipalities and government on variety of projects.  Spent time as an environmental health and safety manager for a small chemical company.  Areas of expertise include pollution prevention, industrial and municipal water and wastewater treatment processes and air pollution control technology.

Education:

Masters of Engineering, University of Louisville Speed Scientific School, 1985,  Bachelor of Science, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Louisville Speed Scientific School, 1982

Keywords:

Air pollution control, Environmental engineering, Pollution prevention, Regulatory compliance, Water - wastewater treatment
Gonzalez, Jose

Gonzalez, Jose

Work Experience:

39 years

Work History:

Served as a process engineer with an oil refining company and as regional sales manager for a water treatment company in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Also served as a management, marketing, and engineering consultant, evaluating operations and processes.

Education:

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico; post-graduate courses in treating boiler and cooling systems.

Keywords:

Boilers, Condensate, Cooling towers, Fuel additives, Pretreatment for manufacturing, Water softening
Hanak, Barry

Hanak, Barry

Work Experience:

40 years

Work History:

Metallurgical engineer, director of quality engineering and technology.  Steel and automotive industries.

Education:

Bachelor of Engineering degree, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

Keywords:

Continuous improvement, Corrective action, Cost reduction, Customer service, Metallurgy, Quality, Root cause analysis
Hewlett, Leslie

Hewlett, Leslie

Work Experience:

20+ years

Work History:

Project Engineer with Progress Energy; Senior Technical Consultant and District Manager with LWG Consulting. Owner of Hewlett Infrared Services

Education:

BS Electrical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Keywords:

Energy efficiency
Jordan, Russ

Jordan, Russ

Work Experience:

28 years

Work History:

25 years energy assessment experience with the South Carolina Energy Office, Waste Reduction Partners, private contract work.

Education:

BS Mechanical Engineering Technology, Clemson University

Keywords:

Energy efficiency
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