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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Our Team

Noor, Jack

Noor, Jack

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Business owner of an industrial container recycling company focused on reconditioning steel and plastic drums as well as intermediate bulk containers (IBC's).  Key element of this business was developing nationwide return programs for industrial container reuse.

Education:

BGS from the University of Michigan, majoring in Business.

Keywords:

Recycling, Reuse, Solid waste reduction
Reeder. John

Reeder. John

Work Experience:

41 years

Work History:

Spent 36 years servicing and selling to industrial water treatment accounts. This involved taking care of  boilers, cooling towers, waste treatment systems, and closed loop cooling systems in industries such as power plants, paper mills, textile plants, food processing plants, and hospitals. Optimized water usage, as well as protect the systems from scale, corrosion, and biological growth.

Education:

B.A., Mathematics; University of North Texas, Denton, Tx

Keywords:

Boilers, Cooling towers, Pretreatment for manufacturing, Water - wastewater treatment, Water chemistry
Rees, John

Rees, John

Work Experience:

42 years

Work History:

John spent ten years at NC State University performing energy surveys with the Energy Solutions Group and renewable energy assessments with the North Carolina Solar Center. Thirty years as an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer in consulting engineering with an emphasis on industrial and utility steam and power generation. Teacher of workshops and classes on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.

Education:

B.S.Degree in Eletrical Engineering from the University of Alabama.

Keywords:

Control System Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Energy Engineer
Riddle, Joe

Riddle, Joe

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Fourteen years in the furniture industry as a facility and environmental engineer and a year in the mining industry as a plant engineer.  Also worked nine years as a plant and process engineer in the converting industry and three years as a project engineer for the textile and nuclear industries.  Worked three years in sales and design to the polymer industry plus worked as a project engineer in the hydraulic hose, rope manufacture and other industries.

Education:

BET in Mechanical Engineering from UNCC, AAS from Central Piedmont Community College in mechanical drafting and design.  Also have Six Sigma Lean Green Belt training.

Keywords:

Boilers, Energy efficiency, Hazmat, Manufacturing processes, Recycling, Solid waste reduction
Rumble, Wayne

Rumble, Wayne

Work Experience:

Six years - US Navy: Engineer Officer and acting Executive Officer aboard LST and Destroyer; 2 years -Ford Motor Company; 33 years - Brunswick Corporation.

Work History:

Six years of shipboard engineering officer experience in U.S. Navy. Thirty-two years in plant, marketing, and general management assignments with a major manufacturer of sporting goods equipment, involving high alloy steel metallurgy, nickel-chrome plating, graphite fiber matrix technology, metal and wood machining, and rubber technology.

Education:

BS Industrial Management - Georgia Institutes of Technology; Brunswick Advanced Management Program for Middle and Upper Management: 6 - 2-week seminar/workshops over a period of 10 years.

Keywords:

Budget planning, Operations management, Organizational development, Strategic planning
Sloane, Dick

Sloane, Dick

Work Experience:

45 years

Work History:

Resource Recovery Specialist, NIEHS; Certified as Master Composter; Co-founder of RTP Recycles; Board of Directors and Board President of the Carolina Recycling Association.  Dick also teaches classes in recycling and composting and develops waste reduction programs.  Active cyclist and promotes single occupancy vehicles.

Education:

MS, Environmental Science, University of Rohester, Rochester, NY

Keywords:

Composting, Solid waste reduction, Vermicomposting
Soderberg, Eric

Soderberg, Eric

Work Experience:

25 years

Work History:

Worked as an Energy Engineer for NCSU Energy Solutions, NC Energy Management Program and the NC Energy Office

Education:

MS - Mechanical Engineering, NC State University

Keywords:

Air pollution control, Energy efficiency, Pollution prevention, Regulatory compliance, Water - wastewater treatment
Swanson, Ernie

Swanson, Ernie

Work Experience:

42 years

Work History:

Worked 37 years in Sales and Marketing at IBM and Cisco focusing on business solutions for worldwide accounts. The last 10 years were spent in Product Management, Enterprise Marketing and Brand Manager for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexers. Activities included creation and implementation of marketing plans, product certification, product training sessions, product presentations at trade shows and education seminars and development of sales briefs and white papers.

Education:

BS Electrical Engineering, Penn State University - Numerous Sales & Marketing classes and Industry Education

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, HVAC, Marketing _ Promotion
Thomson, Judy

Thomson, Judy

Work Experience:

15 years

Work History:

California State Dept. of Transportation; Stanislaus County (Modesto, CA)  Dept. of Public Works; Brunssen Engineering, Durham NC

Education:

BS Civil Engineering, San Diego Sate University Middle School Math Teaching Certificate UNC CH

Keywords:

Composting, Recycling, Solar, Solid waste reduction, Sustainability, Vermiculture
Tregay, George

Tregay, George

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Worked in combustion instrumentation, sensor development, and servovalve development.  Bell Aerospace Textron; made diagnostic measurements in reacting gas flows used for chemical lasers and was program manager on several government projects. Conax Buffalo, sensor development that included three patents for temperature and fiber optic sensors. HSC Contols / Woodward Governor; designed electrohydraulic servovalves for commercial and military applications.  Participated in approximately 100 energy audits with WRP.

Education:

B. S., M.I.T., Physical Chemistry; Ph.D., Boston College, Physical Chemistry

Keywords:

Aerospace engineering, Energy efficiency, Failure analysis, Lighting, NC energy grants, Pressure seals
VanDewoestine, Robert

VanDewoestine, Robert

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Worked in catalyst substrate development for automotive and stationary source pollution control, components for optical fiber communication systems,  instrumentation for label-free analysis of potential pharmaceutical compounds.

Education:

BS, MS, PhD in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics.

Keywords:

Automotive pollution control, Glass and ceramic technology, Optical fiber telecom systems
Webster, Bob

Webster, Bob

Work Experience:

38 years

Work History:

Assistant Professor of Genetics, The Rockefeller University; Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center; Alexander von Humbolt Research Scholar, Germany; Visiting Researcher at Max Plank Instititute Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Education:

B.A. Biology, Amherst College; Ph.D. Microbiology, Duke University

Keywords:

Pollution prevention, Solid waste reduction
Wiggins, Kent

Wiggins, Kent

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Kent has worked for 35 years with the Division of Water Quality.  Positions ranged from  chemical analyst to Environmental Program Supervisor.  Most recently managed a chemical laboratory retrofit for energy efficiency.

Education:

Kent holds a BS in Biology from NC State University.

Keywords:

Energy conservation, Recycling, Water Pollution Control
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