(March 6, 2017) The following individuals have been nominated for ITRC's First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners will be announced during the Reception at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA later this month.
Mike Murphy has been involved with ITRC and ECOS for over 9 years, and is a founding member of the Environmental Council of the States - Department of Defense Sustainability Work Group. He served on the ITRC Board of Advisors for 7 years, and was elected to a Co-Chair position in 2012, where he served until his retirement this year. He is currently an emeritus stakeholder member of the Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies team. Mike has spent over 30 years helping advance environmental technology in the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the United States. He served as the Director of Virginia Department of Environmental Qualit's Division of Environmental Enhancement for over 15 years, overseeing coastal zone management and environmental impact reviews. In 2010, Mike became the Director of the Virginia DEQ Piedmont Regional Office, where he oversaw over 90 employees that administered DEQ's air, water, and waste management regulatory responsibilities in 26 counties. Mike has a B.S. in Business Administration from Clarion State College in Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jim Harrington has been a part of ITRC since its inception, and played an integral role in the creation and establishment of ITRC's strategic direction and functions. He has been very active in teams, having led 4 teams and having been a member of one of the very first teams created in 1995. Jim has also been involved with online training teams. He has also contributed to ITRC through his position as the Point of Contact for the State of New York. He is currently the Director of the Remedial Bureau A in the Division of Environmental Remediation at New York Department of Environmental Conservation. In this position, he is responsible for 3 Sections that manage the remediation of contaminated sites in New York State's remedial programs on Long Island and the Eastern Adirondack region, along with 2 Sections that are responsible for DEC's radiation program. As part of the ITRC State Engagement Program, Jim effectively kept New York's (and states' in general) concerns and recommendations at the forefront. He has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology and an Associates in Science in Engineering Science from Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College.
Jeff Heimerman has been involved with ITRC since the 1990's, serving as the EPA Liaison to the ITRC Board of Advisors into the early 2000's, and was very involved with the early formation of ITRC and its transition from the Western Governors' Association to the Environmental Council of the States. He pioneered the development and use of online tools to share ITRC content and encourage teams to use the Internet to facilitate development and review of technical documents. Jeff founded TechDirect in 1997, a communication platform for expanded access to ITRC documents and trainings. He and his staff are also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) website, the Brownfields Technical Support Center, the State Coalition for the Remediation of Drycleaners, the Field Analytical Technologies Encyclopedia (FATE), and TIP's popular Internet Seminar Series. He currently is Senior Advisor, Immediate Office, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. He has a B.S. in Biology from Lawrence University and a Master's in Environmental Science from Duke University.
Tom Schneider has been involved with ITRC since 1998, when he was a member of the Accelerated Site Characterization team, and has served as Team Leader, the Ohio POC, and on the Board of Advisors as At-Large State Representative, and then was elected Co-Chair in 2014. Tom has worked for Ohio EPA since 1990. While with the Office of Federal Facilities Oversight, he managed staff and contractors who implemented Ohio's oversight and environmental monitoring program for the U.S. Department of Energy's Fernald site cleanup. In 2008, Ohio and the DOE finalized the largest ever natural resources damages settlement against the federal government for contamination at Fernald, and Tom acted as the trustee representative for Ohio and was involved in implementing the settlement. This project remains one of DOE's biggest success stories, and under Tom's supervision as Ohio EPA's project manager, was completed in 2006 and is now home to a nature preserve. Tom has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Dayton and an M.S. in Natural Resources from Ohio State University.
Dr. Charles Newell is a Vice President of GSI Environmental Inc. and an Adjunct Professor at Rice University, and has over 20 years of experience with fate, transport, and remediation of soil and groundwater contaminants. He has co-authored five EPA publications, 12 environmental decision support software systems, over 60 technical articles, and two books. His professional expertise includes site characterization, groundwater and surface water quality modeling, risk assessments, bioremediation, and software development. He was served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for a number of Department of Defense SERDP/ESTCP projects since 2003. Dr. Newell has worked with ITRC for over 10 years as a team member on several teams acting as co-author to many technical documents, as well as serving as an instructor for both online and classroom courses. His involvement with ITRC has also helped recruit other leading experts in the environmental science field to participate in ITRC work groups. Dr. Newell has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, all from Rice University.
Dr. David Tsao has been involved with ITRC for 19 years and has participated in 13 technical teams. He currently serves as the Industry Representative on the Board of Advisors. He has volunteered as both an online and classroom training instructor, and has presented at multiple conferences regarding ITRC products. He currently works as the Americas Technology Manager for BP's Remediation Engineering and Technology group, and is responsible for technical specialists coordinating, developing, and implementing cleanup and prevention strategies for a wide range of remediation sites. David has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and textbooks. He has also held many professional positions such as Chair of API's Soil and Groundwater Technical Task Force, Chair of the Science Advisory Committee for USEPA's Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center, Industrial Partner on the DOE's joint program with the Russian Academy of Sciences, and BioChem Strike Team Leader for the Deepwater Horizon response. He has received several Industry Recognition Awards for his participation on various ITRC teams. David has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.