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

Kimmell, Tom

Kimmell, Tom

Work Experience:

35 years

Work History:

Executive Director, Irrigation Association; Vice President Sales and Marketing, Hardie Irrigation Systems (now the Toro Co.);Eastern Regional Manager, Spot Systems. Prior positions in sales of industrial control systems, engineering supplies, and corporate insurance.

Education:

B.S., University of Dayton, Economics and Business Management

 

Keywords:

Irrigation, Water efficiency
Leopold, Robert

Leopold, Robert

Work Experience:

45 years

Work History:

Worked primarily as commercial vehicle engineer, first for Mercedes-Benz of North America, then 30 years with Allison Transmission (part of General Motors for most of my tenure.)

Education:

BS in Engineering Science (Physics) New Jersey Institute of Technology

Keywords:

Commercial Vehicle Engineering, Fuel efficiency and emissions
Lowles, Dave

Lowles, Dave

Work Experience:

40 years

Work History:

20+ years with Parker Hannifin in various engineering, sales, manufacturing and product planning roles; Dover Corp, OPW Fueling Components Division, Vice President. Fifteen years in the semiconductor equipment industry in Silicon Valley, with engineering, marketing and strategic management responsibility.

President, Semi-Gas Systems at the time, the worlds largest supplier of specialty gas delivery equipment to the chip industry; Managing Director, Engineered Solutions, a design/built contractor to the primary chip fabricating OEMs.

Education:

BSME Purdue 1961;MBA Case Western Reserve University

Keywords:

Applications engineering, Energy efficiency, Mechanical engineering, New business startups, Product development, Reuse, Sales and operations, Solid waste reduction, Strategic planning
Manuel, John

Manuel, John

Work Experience:

34 years

Work History:

Project manager with the Energy Division, NC Department of Commerce. Responsible for the NC Residential Energy Conservation Program, NC Solar Energy Bank, and the Governor's Showcase of Solar Homes. Project Manager with the NC Alternative Energy Corporation. Developed programs to assist owners of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings reduce energy consumption.  Wrote technical informational brochures and handbooks on residential energy conservation and solar energy technologies.  Freelance technical writer and editor.

Education:

Master of Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hil, B.A., Anthropology, Yale University

Keywords:

Editor, Energy efficiency, Technical writing
Mark W. Medlin

Mark W. Medlin

Work Experience:

33 1/2 years military

Work History:

Ten years as a trained Main Propulsion Supervisor for the US Navy. Operations and maintenance on both 600 and 1200 psi propulsion plants and all associated equipment on three different US Navy Ships. Two years working with Boiler Masters in Greensboro, NC after leaving the Navy working on low pressure boilers. Retired from the US Army as a professional musician in the Army Bands program after 33 years military service.

Education:

Studied at La Tech University in Ruston, LA. Trained with the US Navy at Great Lakes Service School Command and Norfolk, VA Navy Base in Boiler maintenance and Boiler water Feedwater test and treatment.

Keywords:

Propulsion and Power Plant Engineering
Marten, Elaine

Marten, Elaine

Work Experience:

25 years

Work History:

Industrial chemical research and development  - EI duPont de Nemours; Eastman Kodak

Education:

PhD, University of Rochester

Keywords:

Chemical manufacturing, Chemical research and development, Mineral product applications, Organic _ synthetic chemistry, Polymer development, Quality development, Reuse of industrial byproducts, Silver halide photo systems
McCormack, Niall

McCormack, Niall

Work Experience:

23 years

Work History:

Niall has 23 years of combined experience in Manufacturing, IT and Waste Management industries. He is former Facility Manager of industrial composting facility processing food waste and other biodegradable materials. He has worked within the hospitality sector with waste reduction and recycling programs. Niall has experience working on energy efficiency in the IT industry and also on BIOGAS renewable energy projects.

Education:

BEng Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Staffordshire University, UK. Certified Composting Facilities Manager, Advanced Certificate in Domestic Sustainable Energy, Certified Trainer, Irish Institute Training & Development

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, Food waste composting, Recycling, Solid waste reduction, Vermiculture
McRae, George

McRae, George

Work Experience:

26 years

Work History:

Managerial experience in environmental solutions, energy and electroplating including Director of Environmental Affairs for Moen Incorporated, and Manager of Plating and Pollution Control with Stanadyne Corporation.

Education:

BS Zoology, UNC - Chapel Hill

Keywords:

Air emissions, Energy efficiency, Hazmat, Solid waste reduction, Water - wastewater treatment
Meyer, Conrad

Meyer, Conrad

Work Experience:

33 years

Work History:

Worked in the automotive industry for General Motors and Delphi on various assignments in Engineering and Business Management.  Focused on automotive component products for OEM and aftermarket applications.

Education:

BS, Chemical Engineering - University of Wisconsin; MBA -University of Michigan

Keywords:

Auto emissions, Business management, Business planning, Catalysts, Chemical Engineering, Energy efficiency, Foundry, Lean manufacturing, Plant decommissioning, Plating, Precious metals, Process efficiencies, Product line management, Sales, Solid waste reduction, Water efficiency
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 where he performed energy surveys with the Energy Solutions Group, and renewable energy assessments with the North Carolina Solar Center. He spent thirty years as an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer in consulting engineering with an emphasis on industrial and utility steam and power generation. He teaches 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
Roberts, John

Roberts, John

Work Experience:

42 years

Work History:

John performed many energy audits and energy retrofits for the US DOE Schools and Hospitals programs.  He has worked for many years as a mechanical engineer, designing HVAC systems for schools, universities, and hospitals.  These projects included design of boiler and chiller plants, custom air handling units, and green buildings.  He has also served on the North Carolina Energy Ad Hoc Committee for the NC Code Council.

Education:

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.S. with Major of Mechanical Engineering, 1972; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Master of Science in Public Health, 1975.

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, HVAC
Rudow, Marc

Rudow, Marc

Work Experience:

42 years

Work History:

Marc has been an attorney at Roberts & Stevens, PA, Asheville, NC - 1979 to 2022.

Education:

BA from New College, 1975,

JD from UNC Chapel Hill, 1979

 

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