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

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

 

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
Thomson, Judy

Thomson, Judy

Work Experience:

25 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, 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
Van Niekerk, Kimberly

Van Niekerk, Kimberly

Work Experience:

20 years

Work History:

We wish to extend a warm welcome to Kimberly Van Niekerk as WRP’s new Energy Program Manager.

Kim has a strong energy and international background working in program and project management with Power Africa/USAID in South Africa and the Energy and Environment Partnership.  She has managed hundreds of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across multiple countries.  Most recently, Kim has been working as a senior energy and environment consultant for Green Power Technologies in Virginia and NC on innovative renewable energy development projects. 

Russ will be transitioning his role with Kim over the next couple of weeks.  Ms. Van Niekerk lives in Asheville and will be working half-time from the Land of Sky Regional Council’s offices.  More information to follow for our energy team members.

Please help me welcome Kim to Waste Reduction Partners!

Education:

MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS; BSc, Environmental Management, UNISA School of Agriculture and Natural Resources; BA, International Relations, Brown University (London School of Economics, 1 yr).

Keywords:

Energy efficiency
Waites, John

Waites, John

Work Experience:

40+ years

Work History:

John Waites amassed over 40 years of experience in Environmental Engineering. His career encompasses involvement in Wastewater Treatment for manufacturing and public facilities, providing consultancy as an engineer for small businesses, and serving as an environmental manager for a large global manufacturer, overseeing groundwater and soil remediation projects.

Education:

John holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.

Keywords:

Energy efficiency, Environmental engineering, Solid waste reduction
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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