Listed alphabetically. Bios not available for all presenters.
Lucy Alexander, AIChE
Lucy Alexander is an Engineering Specialist at the Institute for Sustainability (IfS), a Technical Entity of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In her role, Lucy works with IfS and AIChE volunteers and leadership, as well as outside government organizations, NGOs, industry and academia to develop initiatives that foster innovation and collaboration, and serve AIChE and IfS membership, the chemical engineering and sustainability professions, and society. Since beginning her career at AIChE in 2013, Lucy has implemented and supported over 30 conferences, workshops and projects across the AIChE Technical Entities locally and internationally.
Lucy graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining AIChE, she worked as Process Engineer in Spanish-based engineering, procurement and construction contractor Tecnicas Reunidas, S. A. in Madrid, Spain.
Eleanor Allen, Water For People
Eleanor Allen is the CEO of Water For People, a global nonprofit working in nine countries in Africa, Latin America, and India to help develop sustainable water and sanitation services. It is recognized as an innovative leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector through its innovative approach to development, which brings together local entrepreneurs, technology, governments, and communities to create quality, reliable and lasting systems and services.
Prior to Water For People Eleanor was the Global Director of Water at Arcadis and the Latin America Director of Water at CH2M. She is a professional engineer experienced in leading multi-cultural, global teams in delivering rural and urban infrastructure programs and managing regional and global operations. In 2016 Eleanor did a TEDx talk on Why Water Is a Women’s Issue. In 2016 Eleanor also won the Denver Outstanding Women in Business Award in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. She is distinguished alum at the University of California at Berkeley Academy for Civil and Environmental Engineering and is on the advisory board at the University of Colorado Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities. She has lived and worked in many different countries and speaks four languages.
Kekahu Aluli, CSM
Kekahu Aluli is a student studying Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. At Mines, he discovered a passion for Humanitarian Engineering, and since has declared a minor in that area of study. Growing up in Hawai’i has given him first hand experience with development on indigenous land. In a partnership with the Division of Energy and Minerals Development, he is currently working on a Senior Design project that is collaborating with an indigenous tribe seeking to develop a local geothermal resource. Kekahu is also an active member of the Protect Kaho’olawe Ohana, which is a native Hawaiian grass roots organization that is dedicated to the island of Kaho’olawe and practicing the principals of Aloha ‘Āina.
Diran Apelian, WPI
Diran Apelian is the Founding Director of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI. He received his B.S. degree from Drexel University (1968) and his Sc.D. degree from MIT (1972). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA), and is the recipient of many honors and awards. He has over 700 publications to his credit, 12 books and many patents. He was past president of TMS (2008), and is Chairman of ASM Foundation Board (overseeing all material camps for students and teachers). Apelian is also Distinguished Visiting professor at University of California (Irvine) during the winter terms. In 2016 Apelian and three colleagues at WPI received the Gordon Prize in Innovations in Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of TMS, APMI and ASM.
Atalay Atasu, Georgia Tech
Dr. Atalay Atasu's research focus is on sustainable operations management, and his interests include product recovery economics, extended producer responsibility and environmental regulation. His research appeared in Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and California Management Review. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award (winner 2007, runner up 2014), Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award (2012), and Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability (2013). He is senior editor for POMS' Sustainable Operations and Industry Studies and Public Policy Departments.
Emmanuel Atta-Obeng, West Virginia University
Born and raised in Ghana, Emmanuel has been captivated by nature and forest products since college and became focused on Forest Resource Science as a PhD student at West Virginia University. His interests lie in researching alternative uses for biorefinery waste products. He focuses on producing carbonaceous materials from lignin and hemicelluloses using a low temperature, low energy process called hydrothermal treatment. These carbonaceous materials can be exploited several ways including energy storage, soil amelioration, water purification, catalyst supports etc. Emmanuel has a B.S in Natural Resources Management from Ghana and a M.S in Forest Products from Auburn University, Al.
Bob Bassett, Holland and Hart
Robert Bassett is the Mining Team Leader at the law firm Holland & Hart, LLP. Bob provides clients with the practical solutions they need for financing and developing their mining projects. He represents clients in complex transactions involving coal, copper, gold, industrial minerals and uranium mines and companies in the U.S., Latin America and Africa. Bob is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, College of Law in international mining law and policy (since 1997), and has been a lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Linda Battalora, CSM
Dr. Linda Battalora is a Teaching Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Mines, her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Mines. She teaches Reservoir Fluid Properties, Multidisciplinary Petroleum Design, Field Session, Graduate Petroleum Seminar, and Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law. Linda is an active member of the SPE and currently serves as the co-chair of the Sustainable Development Technical Section Steering Committee. She is also a member of multiple professional organizations and bar associations, and is the recipient of multiple industry recognition awards.
Mark Caffarey, Umicore
Mark Caffarey is Executive Vice-President for Umicore USA Inc. He is based in Raleigh, NC. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Brussels University in 1983. After graduation, he joined Umicore in 1984. He served as the department head for Special Materials in Hoboken, Belgium from 1990-1994. Following that, he was the General Manager of Cobalt Products in Maxton, NC from 1994-1998. Currently he is serving as President of Umicore Marketing Services USA in Raleigh, NC (1998-present). He also serves as Executive Vice President for Umicore USA, Autocatalyst and Battery Recycling USA (2008-present).
Jill Cooper, Anadarko
Jill Cooper is a Corporate HSE Manager of Data Advocacy and Reporting for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and works on global health, safety, and environmental matters for the company. She received her MBA in International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management and continued on to receive her JD in Environmental Law at the University of Colorado Law School (1996). She has since then held several positions including the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director on environmental matters, Director of the Sustainability Division and Legal Administrator for the Air Pollution Control Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. She also practiced environmental, natural resource and sustainability law as an Attorney with Faegre & Benson LLP. Ms. Cooper was the Group Lead in the divisional environmental program for Encana Oil & Gas Inc., which included air, water, waste, land, wildlife, and sustainability. She specializes in sustainability, environmental and regulatory legal, management as well as oil and natural gas.
John Craynon, Export Import Bank of the United States
Dr. John R. Craynon, P.E. has been Senior Mining Engineer in the Engineering and Environment Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States since April 2016. In this role he provides technical expertise for risk management of mining and related projects in the Bank’s portfolio. Previously, he was Director of Environmental Programs and Project Director for the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech, from March 2011 until April 2016. In addition, Dr. Craynon is the Principal of CWP, a consulting firm, based in Shawsville,
Virginia. His government career prior to joining academia, which spanned nearly 28 years, focused on mining and the environment and the technical, legal, and public policy issues related to mining. His work related to diverse topics such as coal mining, mine waste management, cleanup of contaminated sites, coal combustion byproducts, underground mine mapping, acid mine drainage, subsidence, hydrology, stream restoration, reforestation, sustainable reclamation and invasive species issues. His research program and consulting interests also include stakeholder involvement, resource and market characterization and the analysis of regulatory and legal frameworks for energy and minerals development.
Dr. Craynon has bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech and has a graduate certificate in Natural Resources and a Professional Certificate in International Sustainability Consulting also from Virginia Tech. He is an active member of a number of professional societies and organizations. Dr. Craynon was a member of the Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering at the National Academies, has served as Chair of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration‘s Sustainable Development committee and has served on various technical and organizing committees for national and international conferences. He has authored and edited numerous scientific and government publications during his career.
Robert Dowling, rePurpose
Robert is an entrepreneur, humanitarian, and academic whose projects aim to have a social impact. His current impact enterprise, rePurpose, is a platform that aims to double the income of those living in dense urban slums by better connecting trash pickers to the recycling companies that demand their product. He also serves on the Wharton – World Bank Ideas for Action Incubator and as a judge and board member for the Power African Youth Entrepreneur Drive, a pitch competition sponsored by the African Union to bring entrepreneurs of the diaspora back to the continent. Robert’s involvement on Penn’s campus include founding the Penn Diplomacy and Policy Council (PennDPC.com), doing robotics research at the GRASP Lab involving applications of quadrocopter drones, and Penn’s Mock Trial Team. He is an award winning and All-American Model United Nations delegate. As a humanitarian, Robert is on the Disaster Action Team with the American Red Cross and an International Disaster Response Operator with Team Rubicon. He is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, a Management and Technology Fellow, and an Andhra Pradesh Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellow who is taking a year off from Penn to build economies and impact oriented organizations around the world. Robert’s background in the conference organization and debate, combined with his training in National Security Policymaking at the Kennedy School of Government and his cyber security and operational security at the Department of Homeland Security makes him knowledgeable in international relations. Robert is training for Commission in the US Marine Corps while studying electrical engineering, finance, and global analysis at the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, a coordinated dual degree program between Penn Engineering and The Wharton School. He hopes to remain at Penn for a fifth year and pursue a Master’s of Science in Engineering in Robotics and a Master’s in Law focused on technology and policy.
Jeff Fergus, Auburn
Jeffrey W. Fergus is a professor of materials engineering and associate dean for program assessment and graduate studies in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He has a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in high temperature and electrochemical application of materials, including batteries, fuel cells, thermoelectric devices and gas turbine engines. He has developed or taught several sustainability related courses or undergraduate students.
Sumedh Gostu, WPI
Sumedh Gostu is a PhD student studying at the Metal Processing Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he applies his educational background in Material Science, Metallurgy and chemical processing to address issues of sustainability and waste management. Sumedh possesses proficiency in Pyrometallurgy, Hydrometallurgy, Mineral processing, Materials Science and is actively involved in the Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, annual society meetings and various conferences.
Sumedh is working to devise a low temperature process mechanism to extract Iron, Aluminum, Titanium and rare earth metals from the Industrial waste 'Red-Mud'. The project’s aim is to address the issues of sustainability, value addition of waste through metallurgical concepts. The research is a part of CR3 (Centre of Resource Recovery and Recycling research)/ IUCRC/ NSF initiative.
Maja Johannessen, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Maja joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2015 where she since has been managing the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Governments and Cities network. Apart from being the point of contact for the members she focuses on supporting public bodies and business support organisations in driving circular economy initiatives. Maja is originally Danish and her previous background is in strategic energy planning.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. The Foundation’s work focuses on five interlinking areas: Education, Business & Government, Insight & Analysis, Systemic Initiatives and Communications.
Dr. Keairns has over 40 years of experience in industry, consulting, teaching and service through professional society initiatives. The last ten years have focused on energy systems analysis and planning activities to guide technology research and development needs for the Nation’s energy future, supporting energy research programs, management responsibility for strategic energy projects, and supporting the development of technology roadmaps for future energy systems. This work was carried out through a support contract to the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and commercial projects. Prior to this, he had 32 years experience with Westinghouse as a senior executive leading the development and commercialization of technology to meet emerging energy and environmental needs. Dr. Keairns holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and M.S. and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
Jeff Keaton, ASCE
Jeffrey R. Keaton has been employed by consulting firms for over 45 years. His education is in engineering and geology, and he is licensed as an engineer and geologist. He is a member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration of AIME and represented SME-AIME on ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission from 2007-2012. He holds the Envision™ Sustainability Professional credential from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of its Committee on Sustainability and chair of its Advocacy & Communications Subcommittee. He also serves on the editorial board of Engineering Sustainability, a journal published in the UK by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Sean Kelly, WPI
Sean Kelly received his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. He received his M.S. in Material Science and Engineering in February 2016 working with Dr. Diran Apelian in the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling. His research focused on automotive scrap characterization to optimize the recycling process as a function of polymeric and metallic composition.
Sean is currently a PhD candidate aiming to project the future material flows of automotive aluminum scrap through the secondary aluminum production industry. He plans on projecting how the increase of aluminum use in the automotive sector will alter the bulk chemical composition of auto-shred scrap mixtures. He will consider the increase of aluminum component dismantling and the capabilities and efficiencies of optoelectronic sorting systems.
Jessica Kogel, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Jessica Kogel is NIOSH Associate Director for Mining. In this role, Dr. Kogel leads the development and implementation of a dynamic research program focused on ensuring the health and safety of mine workers. She also works to ensure the program continues to have the resources needed to carry out its responsibilities of conducting a multi-faceted and impactful research agenda. Dr. Kogel brings with her over 25 years of experience and has held a number of senior positions in the mining industry. Prior to joining NIOSH, she was the Senior Manager for Mining and Geology at Imerys S.A., a French multinational company which specializes in the production and processing of industrial minerals. In addition to serving on the NORA Mining Sector Council, Dr. Kogel serves on the editorial board of the Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Journal. She is the author of numerous articles in minerals research. She holds four patents in the field of minerals geology.
She has been actively involved in professional organizations, serving as president of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in 2013 and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the SME Foundation. She is also the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Dr. Kogel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Science degree in Geology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geology also from Indiana University. (NIOSH)
Florian Kongoli, Flogen
Dr. Florian Kongoli (BSc, MSc, PhD) is CEO of FLOGEN Technologies Inc., in USA and Canada and Chairman of FLOGEN STAR OUTREACH.
He has gained about 20 years of rich scientific and technology experience through numerous invited engagements in all continents. He has worked with more than 47 well-known chemical and metallurgical companies and several well-known universities around the world.
Dr. Kongoli has published 29 books and about 100 scientific articles in the last 5 years and has delivered in numerous countries about 130 plenary, keynote and invited presentations as well as articles, technical reports and research presentations. He has served in many leadership positions in national and international organizations. He is Editorial Board member of several International Journals. He has organized several major successful International Symposiums mainly dedicated to famous scientists.
Joe Lima, Schlumberger
Joe Lima joined Schlumberger in 1989 as a Sand Control Field Engineer working in the Gulf of Mexico, USA. Over the past 26 years, he has held various technical, marketing and management roles across cement, stimulation and other oilfield services with global responsibilities.
In his current role, Lima leads Schlumberger’s environmental sustainability strategy, which includes ongoing technology development and application with a focus on reducing various aspects of wellsite footprint.
Previously, Lima served as the Environmental Solutions Manager for Schlumberger Well Services where he was focused on global implementation of high performance hydraulic fracturing fluids that exceed US drinking water quality standards as well as developing Schlumberger’s global chemical disclosure process.
Lima has served on the Boards of Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Interstate Petroleum Association of Mountain States and California Independent Petroleum Association.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Andrew Mangan, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development
Andrew Mangan is co-founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development. Mr. Mangan holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he attended the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs as an International Fellow. He currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, is a member of the Education Committee for the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tatiane Marin, University of São Paulo
Tatiane Marin is currently Professor of the Post-graduate Mineral Engineering Program at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is a Mining and Safety engineer and holds a PhD in Mineral Engineering based on her research on financial aspects of sustainable small-scale mining. She is a specialist in mine planning, mine design and simulation.
Kimberly Martin, Arizona State University
Kimberly Martin, PE is a graduate researcher at Arizona State University. She spent nine years as a geotechnical engineer at ExxonMobil working on onshore and offshore development projects all over the world. She decided to return to graduate school to pursue her doctorate degree in 2016. Her research interests include investigating sustainable materials and methods for geotechnical engineering, specifically through bio-inspired processes as part of the NSF Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG).
Brajendra Mishra, WPI
Dr. Mishra is the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute [WPI]. Dr. Mishra is the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling – the first National Center of its kind. Brajendra received his Bachelor of Technology  degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and his M.S.  and Ph.D.  in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Prior to joining
WPI, Prof. Mishra was a Professor of Corrosion and Physico-chemical Processing in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines [CSM]. Dr. Mishra served as a Distinguished Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi for six months. Dr. Mishra has authored over 500 technical publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds six patents and has authored/edited 19 books. He is a Fellow of ASM (2001) and TMS (2016). Mishra received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (2010) and the highest award of Honorary Membership form the Indian Institute of Metals (2008). Brajendra served as the 2006 President of The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) of AIME and the 2011 President of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers. Dr. Mishra received the Presidential Citation of AIME in 2015. Brajendra believes that an academic institution is for the education, growth and nurturing of students – both undergraduates and graduates. Student involvement in research activities is the part of education that allows them to be in concert with the state-of-the art in their field of profession.
Sean Monkman, CarbonCure Technologies
Sean Monkman is the Vice President of Technology Development for CarbonCure Technologies. He oversees the company’s research and intellectual property efforts as they develop carbon utilization technologies to bring more sustainable concrete to the built environment. His career has included 26 years of materials science experience, with the last 23 years spent working in concrete materials. Sean holds a Doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University. He is active within the American Concrete Institute on the Materials, Nanotechnology and Sustainability committees. Sean has authored more than a dozen papers on beneficial carbon dioxide utilization in concrete production and is a co-inventor on 30 patents related to the work.
Flora Moon, Expressworks
Flora Moon has had a diversified 25-year consulting career in oil and gas, technology, media and communications. She is the Sustainability Practice Director for Expressworks, a change management consultancy. Flora serves on the Board of Directors of the SPE Sustainable Development Technical Section (SDTS) and co-chairs its Performance Subsection. Her oil and gas clients have included operator, service and chemical companies. Her recent focus has been Sustainability, HSSE and organizational capability. Flora is formerly an award winning filmmaker who has worked with US and international Broadcast and Cable Networks and later worked on startup teams for technology companies including TimeWarner.
Roland Moreau, ExxonMobil (retired)
Roland Moreau is the current Vice President of Finance for the SPE International Board of Directors, as well as President-Elect Designate on the Board of Trustees for the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). Previously, he served as the Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director on the SPEi Board. Roland retired from ExxonMobil in 2014 after 34 years of service, with most of that time focused in the area of HSSE.
Jonathan Motherwell, JTM and Associates, LLC
Jonathan Motherwell is a consulting engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the civil and environmental engineering fields. He has worked on numerous global projects related with the oil and gas, mining, power, and chemical manufacturing industries. Since the mid-1990s, Jonathan has focused on project siting, development and construction in a sustainable manner which integrates engineering, environmental and social issues. This includes satisfying the environmental and social performance standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
His projects / clients range from the Chad-Cameroon oil development (ExxonMobil), the Bolivia to Brazil gas pipeline (Consortium including Petrobras), the Jubilee deepwater development (Tullow Oil Ghana) to currently the Mozambique LNG development (Anadarko).
Jonathan received an MSCE degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSCE degree from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Catherine Mulligan, Concordia
Dr. Catherine N. Mulligan, Eng. obtained her B.Eng and M.Eng. degrees in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in geoenvironmental engineering, all from McGill University. She worked for the Biotechnology Research Institute and then SNC Research Corp of SNC Lavalin before joining Concordia University in 1999. She currently holds a Concordia Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Sustainability (Tier I) and is Full Professor in the Dept. Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has authored more than 95 refereed papers, (co)published 6 books, holds three patents and has supervised to completion more than 55 graduate students. She established and is the Director of the Concordia Institute of Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems. The Institute trains students and performs research into new technologies and solutions for environmental sustainability.
Stephen Northey, Monash University
Stephen Northey is based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where he is currently completing a doctorate focused upon quantifying water consumption and risks in the mining industry. Stephen also acts as an associate for SRK Consulting to provide clients with detailed water footprint assessments of mining operations, as a means to improving understanding of water resource impacts and to provide transparency to social license to operate discussions. Prior to this Stephen worked at CSIRO as part of their process evaluation team, where he performed life cycle assessment and techno-economic evaluations of mining and metal production processes in the copper, gold, nickel and rare earth industries.
Rosalie O’Brien, CSM
Rosalie O’Brien is currently a junior at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Humanitarian Engineering. Her interest in oil and gas started with an internship in the industry, where she worked in both a corporate setting and a field position on environmental monitoring. After over a year of working for a corporation, she transitioned into research for the ConocoPhillips WE2ST Center, where she focuses on the social dimensions of produced water treatment technologies. Through her coursework and participation as a Humanitarian Engineering Shultz Scholar, she continues to develop a passion for corporate social responsibility and the role of community engagement in the oil and gas sector.
Janet Peargin, Chevron
As Manager of the Footprint Program for Chevron’s Tight Rock Unconventional resources, Janet applies Sustainability concepts and Triple Bottom Line-thinking in planning, design, and decisions to reduce cost, improve performance, and add value for the company, the community and the environment.
Janet graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and she possesses 35 years of experience in O&G facilities design, HES management and metrics, strategy & planning, change management, corporate responsibility, and regulatory affairs and policy development. Janet chairs the API Risk Management Task Force and the API Air Toxics Task Force and is a member of the API Pollution Prevention Task Force and Refinery Environmental Control Workgroup while also serving as API Representative, EPA Federal Advisory Committee on Industrial Combustion Coordinated Rulemaking.
Micaela and Michelle Pedrazas Hinojosa, CSM
Micaela Pedrazas is a senior in Geophysical Engineering minoring in Humanitarian Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She presides over the Society of Students Geophysicists and is a Schultz Scholar for the Humanitarian Engineering Department. Micaela is doing research under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Smith on the efficacy of mobile training units as a pathway to cleaner, safer, and more sustainable ASGM-based livelihoods in selected sites in Peru and Bolivia. Micaela travelled to Peru to lead a stakeholder workshop and arrive in shared goals with community members and project partners. She also investigates the relationship between water and non- conventional energy using satellite data for the ConocoPhillips WE2ST Research Center. She is also developing a dust monitor to be used near and at mine sites.
Michelle Pedrazas is a senior in Geophysical Engineering minoring in Humanitarian Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She presides over the International Student Council and is a Schultz Scholar for the Humanitarian Engineering Department. Michelle is doing research under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Smith on the efficacy of mobile training units as a pathway to cleaner, safer, and more sustainable ASGM-based livelihoods in selected sites in Peru and Bolivia. Michelle travelled to Peru to lead a stakeholder workshop and arrive in shared goals with community members and project partners. She is also developing a dust monitor to be used near and at mine sites.
Eric Peterson, Idaho National Laboratory
Eric Peterson leads the Process Science and Technology Business Area at Idaho National Laboratory and is Divisional Laboratory Fellow at the Laboratory, where he has spent the past 27 years performing research on polymeric and related materials. His research has varied from the most fundamental understanding of molecular interactions to construction and proving of pilot facilities using the materials that he has been active in developing. His research emphasis is understanding of inter- and intra- molecular interactions that lead to interesting structure property relationships in polymer and solid state materials. Dr. Peterson received undergraduate education in chemistry and biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, his Ph.D. from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and did postdoctoral training in polymers at University of Missouri-Rolla and solid phase inorganic chemistry at the Ames Laboratory. Eric has authored/coauthored 92 peer reviewed archival articles, 26 peer reviewed DOE reports, 2 book chapters, 4 classified reports, and has authored/coauthored 14 issued US Patents with 5 patents pending.
Carol Russell, EPA (retired)
Carol Cox Russell recently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she focused on environmental effects of resource extraction, mining, and oil and gas. In her thirty-year environmental career she served as the co-chair of EPA’s National Mining Team, Chief of the Water Quality Unit, Community Involvement Team Leader, and Tribal Team Leader. In particular, she provides technical expertise to various EPA programs and international entities regarding resource extraction. Professionally she served as chair of the Sustainability Committee for the Society of Mining Engineers and on the World Federation of Engineers Sustainability Task Force. She has a B.S. in geology from Fort Lewis College, a B.S in biology from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, and post-graduate work at Purdue and Colorado School of Mines. She also taught Sustainable Public Policy as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.
Will Sarni, Water Foundry
Will has been providing consulting services to private and public-sector enterprises for his entire career, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability and water strategies. He has worked with companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and supporting M&A programs.
An internationally recognized thought leader on water strategies, Sarni is a columnist on sustainability and water strategies for GreenBiz and OOSKA News and has authored numerous articles and presented on the value of water, water technology innovation, agriculture and the Internet of Things and the energy water food nexus.
He is the author of: “Corporate Water Strategies” (Earthscan 2011, and in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2013); “Water Tech – A Guide to Investment, Innovation and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector” (Sarni, W. and Pechet, T., Routledge 2013); and “Beyond the Energy – Water – Food Nexus: New Strategies for 21st Century Growth” (Dō Sustainability 2015). He is currently working on the forthcoming books, “Water Stewardship and Business Value: Tapping the Full Value of Water Stewardship” (Sarni, W., Orr, S. and Grant, D., Earthscan 2017) and “Public Policy Innovation at the Energy, Water, Food Nexus: 21st Century Solutions to 19th Century Public Policy and 20th Century Infrastructure” (Sarni, W. and Koch, G., Greenleaf Publishing 2017).
Sarni is a Board Member of The Water Footprint Network and 10.10.10.org and Founder of WetDATA.org. He was a 2016 X-PRIZE Bold Visioneer for the Safe Drinking Water Team and is on the Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week; Executive Council of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security; Water Working Group for the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD; and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience.
Deborah Shields, Colorado State University
Deborah J. Shields, Ph.D., is a Faculty Affiliate in the Dept. of Economics at Colorado State University and a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin, IT, in the Dept. of Land, Environment and Infrastructure Engineering. Her research foci are minerals in sustainable development, mineral policy, and integrated sustainability assessments. She has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She previously worked for the US Government, first with the US Bureau of Mines and later with the U.S. Forest Service, Research and Development Division, where she directed the agency’s mineral policy research program. She holds a M.Sc. in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University.
Jessica Smith, CSM
Jessica M. Smith joined the faculty of Mines in 2012 as the Hennebach Assistant Professor of Energy Policy in Liberal Arts and International Studies. She is an anthropologist with two major research areas: 1) the sociocultural dynamics of extractive and energy industries, with a focus on corporate social responsibility, social justice, labor, and gender and 2) engineering education, with a focus on socioeconomic class and social responsibility. She is the author of Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West (Rutgers University Press, 2014), which was funded by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2016 the National Academy of Engineering recognized her Corporate Social Responsibility course as a national exemplar in teaching engineering ethics. She co-organized the 2016 Energy Ethics: Fragile Lives and Imagined Futures conference at the University of St. Andrews. She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado. Professor Smith holds a PhD in Anthropology and a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and bachelor's degrees in International Studies, Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Macalester College.
Mark Strauss, WPI
Mark Strauss is a PhD student studying at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is passionate about creating extractive metallurgical innovations to advance sustainability, clean energy technology, and materials independence.
His research experience involves the primary and secondary production critical materials using hydrometallurgical techniques. His undergraduate research involved by-product recovery of rare earths from copper leach solutions at University of Arizona. His master’s research in entailed recycling fluorescent lights at Colorado School of Mines. In addition, his current PhD graduate research is continuing to study the separation and purification rare earths from waste fluorescent lights.
Mark is currently researching methods to produce a native and high purity source of europium and yttrium oxide.
Christina Suarez, CSM
Christina Suarez is an aspiring petroleum engineer at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Having been awarded undergraduate research by the school’s petroleum engineering department, she has had the opportunity of working with a distinguished CSM professor to investigate the field of corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the Oil and Gas Industry. Passionate about the world of petroleum and energy, Christina hopes to one day contribute to providing the world with energy more efficiently and safer than ever before.
Sophie Theys, Bureau Veritas
Sophie Theys is Asset Integrity Services Manager at Bureau Veritas, a testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company. Sophie Theys comes with 20 years of experience in the upstream and midstream oil and gas sector with a unique mix of project management, technical and field experience. She has lead efforts in optimising water usage, monitoring CO2 capture & storage, ensuring well integrity and is now providing solutions for assets to live longer without impacting safety or the environment. She has a general engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique Feminine (France) and a master in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University (USA). She is currently part of the technical board of EUROGIA2020 (promoting low-carbon energy technologies) and co-leads the "fit-for decision metrics" workscope of SPE’s Sustainable Development Technical Section. As such, with Flora Moon, she is investigating meaningful indicators to help decision makers create a sustainable future for their business, society and the environment.
Nikhil Trivedi, IDEKIN International
Nikhil Trivedi has 35 years of business experience---in research and development, engineering, operations, administration and general management and consulting. He has served as vice president of research and development and chief technology officer of Pfizer Minerals Inc. and Minerals Technologies, Inc. from 1987 to 2001. Additionally, between 1994 and 2001 he established and built up a powerful technical group in Finland to support the company’s European businesses.
Following his retirement in 2002 from Minerals Technologies Inc., Nikhil established IDEKIN INTERNATIONAL, a firm specializing in developing technology transfer opportunities and providing optimizations for chemical and mineral processes. His clients include corporations in the chemical process industries and mining industry worldwide.
Nik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bombay University and earned a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Nevada. His Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering is from University of Minnesota. University of Nevada awarded him Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995.
Nikhil has been an active member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc (SME), served twice on its Board of Directors and was elected President of SME in 2010. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Industrial Minerals Association of Europe (1991-2001), Calcium Carbonate Association of Europe (1993-2001) United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (2001), and Easton Hospital’s Valley Health Foundation (1999-2002). He is an Honorary member of AIME, Distinguished member of SME and a recipient of AIME’s Hal William Hardinge Award.
Nikhil is 2016 President of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).
Nicole L. Villamizar, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery
Nicole Villamizar joined the U.S. EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery in 2006 as a Presidential Management Fellow. Nicole's primary focus areas at the EPA have included advancing sustainable materials management through the recycling and reuse of non- hazardous industrial secondary materials (such as coal ash, spent foundry sand, and construction and demolition debris), as well as advancing sustainable management of electronics. During her time at the EPA, Nicole has developed and launched a number of voluntary public-private partnerships, including the Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge, a national program encouraging electronics manufacturers and retailers to increase the collection and responsible recycling of e-waste through the use of third-party certified recyclers. Nicole is also currently leading the Sustainable Materials Management program’s efforts to implement its FY 2017 – FY2022 Strategic Plan. Nicole holds an M.P.A. degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Brandeis University.
Rick Wagner, Chevron Phillips
Rick Wagner has over 25 years of experience in the petrochemical industry for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. Currently, he is Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sustainability Manager. Prior roles have been in polyethylene sales, application development, and product development and as a refinery chemist.
Most recently Rick has spoken at conferences examining the business case for Sustainability, stakeholder engagement and “a vision for plastics recovery”.
He serves as the Team Leader for the Plastics Energy Recovery Team and a member of the Value Chain Outreach Committee, Plastics Packaging Team and Flexible Films Recycling group of the American Chemistry Council. He also represents the World Plastic Council in the Trash Free Seas Alliance.
As an Honored Service Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Rick was a founding member of the Flexible Packaging Division and has served as a leader in various International, Divisional and Local roles.
Rick received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from San Diego State University.