Helping the international community
adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices.
The Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy is pleased to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to the understanding and solution of soil, sediment, and groundwater pollution problems.
Halina Szejnwald Brown is Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University and Associate Fellow at Tellus Institute. She came to the U.S. at age 20 as a refugee from Poland. With a doctoral degree in chemistry, during the 1980s Brown was a chief toxicologist at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, advising the commissioner on the agency’s environmental health policy. Since coming to Clark in1987, Brown’s research and teaching has evolved in several directions. She published and consulted widely on new methods of risk assessment and led a pioneering study of how U.S. multinational corporations managed hazards in their facilities in India and Thailand. She conducted a study of the institutionalization of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a global model for civil regulation based on information disclosure. During the 1990s Brown worked in Poland studying the relationship between air pollution and lung cancer, and the transition of the environmental and occupational regulatory system to market economy and democracy.
Since 2000 the theme of Brown’s work has been the interface between technology, policy and culture in a transition to sustainable and prosperous future. Working in the U.S. and Europe, Brown has studied technological innovations systems and socio-technical transitions. In 2008 she co-founded the knowledge
network Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) and
is its board member. Brown was a visiting professor at University of Utrecht, Delft
University, and Central European University; served on numerous committees of
the National Academy of Sciences; and is a Fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the International Society for
Brown co-chairs Citizens’ Commission on Energy in her home town of Newton, MA. She co-authored four books: Corporate Environmentalism in a
Global Economy; Effective Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Poland’s Experience; Innovations in Sustainable Consumption; and Social Change and the Coming of Post-consumer Society.
Gina McCarthy’s 35-year career in public service has been dedicated to environmental protection and public health. As Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, she was the nation’s leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment, including efforts to address the challenge of climate change and ensure the protection of the country’s water resources. Her leadership led to significant federal, state, and local actions on critical issues related to the environment, economic growth, energy, and transportation. Since leaving Washington, McCarthy has been a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics and the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is currently working as an operating advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors to enhance investment in wellness and sustainability.
Gunner has a B.S.A. from the Ontario Agricultural College and M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba in Soil Microbiology. He was a founding member of Kibbutz Saasa on the Lebanese border of Israel, and became Coordinator of Agricultural and Biological Research at the Research Council of Israel. He completed his doctoral work at Cornell in 1961, then was a research scientist at the Microbiology Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Gunner joined the UMass Amherst in 1963. His research work reflecting his concerns with the environmental impact of pesticides led to the establishment of the Department of Environmental Sciences.
In the early 80’s, he established his own company, EcoScience, to commercialize effective biological agents. Eventually, venture capital infusion, an IPO and listing on NASDAQ were achieved. Professor Gunner has published and lectured widely on biological control and ecosystem balance, and has also sustained an ongoing interest in international development. He participated in establishing and served as Associate Director for Research in the Center for International Agricultural Studies. He has also served as a consultant to the Israel Parliamentary Committee on the Environment and in the development of the Israel EPA, now the Department of the Environment. In 1983, he was invited to Viet Nam to participate in a symposium on The Long Term Effects of Chemicals in Warfare and, while there, pursued an examination of the unintended ecological consequences of chemicals applied to the environment. Presently, Dr. Gunner is continuing his exploration of the interactions between microbes, plants, insects, and plant pathogens to harness these relationships, limiting pest species without stressing the environment, as Chief Scientist of the Performance Nutrition Division of LidoChem, Inc.
(Dick) L. Raymond, Sr. is acknowledged by the US EPA as the “grandfather of in-situ bioremediation” in the United States. During the early 1970’s, while employed by the Sun Oil Company, he developed the microbial and field techniques that are now universally known as the “Raymond Process” for the cleanup of groundwater contaminated with petroleum and petroleum products, a great alternative to the endless and extensive process of “pump and treat.” His 1974 patent for “Reclamation of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater” provided the basis for the development of the groundwater bioremediation industry that is now a worldwide business. His 1984 patent, “Stimulation of Biooxidation Processes in Subterranean Formations,” developed the use of hydrogen peroxide to overcome limitations in the existing methods for mass transfer of oxygen to groundwater.
Countless books and research articles acknowledge Raymond’s seminal contributions as the inventor of process technology for the in-situ bioremediation
of contaminated groundwater. While at Sun Oil Co., Mr. Raymond directed a group
of microbiology specialists, and early research activities greatly expanded the
scope of biological hydrocarbon oxidations.
Mr. Raymond has received
numerous awards for his research over the years including the Society of
Industrial Microbiologists Charles Porter Award. He also served on numerous committees
including the API Groundwater Task Force, peer review panel of the Robert S.
Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory, and the USEPA Valdez Oil Spill Panel.
He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of
Illinois-Champaign in 1947 and 1951, respectively. His college studies were interrupted by World
War II, when he served as a B-17 navigator in the European theater. After graduation, he worked for Socony Mobil
Oil Co. and Sun Oil Co. as a Research Microbiologist. After retiring from Sun Oil Co. in 1982, he founded
the first in-situ bioremediation company (Biosystems, Inc.) in the US. The company was later purchased by the DuPont
Company and became DuPont Environmental Remediation Services (DERS).
Dominic M. Di Toro is the Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in February 2005. His other awards include the Institute of Scientific Information Highly Cited Researcher (2003), The Founders Award of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (1997), and a SETAC Fellow in 2014. Dr. Di Toro has specialized in the development and application of mathematical and statistical models to stream, lake, estuarine and coastal water, and sediment quality problems. He has published over one hundred technical papers, as well as Sediment Flux Modeling, published by J. Wiley & Sons. He has participated as Expert Consultant, Principal Investigator and Project Manager on numerous water quality studies for industry, research foundations, and governmental agencies. His work has focused on the development of water and sediment quality criteria, sediment flux models for nutrients and metals, and integrated hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality models. His latest research area is developing mechanistic models of metal and organic chemical partitioning and toxicity that can make predictions from the molecular structure only. Dr. Di Toro received his B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering with honors from Manhattan College in 1963, his M.A. in Electrical Engineering in 1965 and his Ph.D. in Civil and Geological Engineering in 1967, both from Princeton University. He joined the faculty of Manhattan College and became the Donald J. O’Connor Professor of Environmental Engineering in 1999. In 2003, he joined the faculty at the University of Delaware. Dr. Di Toro also served as a Senior Research Consulting Engineer at Hydroscience, Inc. from 1969-1980 and was a founding partner of the successor firm HydroQual, Inc, a consulting firm that specializes in water quality modeling, where he was Principal Consultant from 1980 to 2004.
Leigh Short graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He worked for California Research Corporation (Chevron) from 1962-1967 as a Senior Process Engineer. During that time he received several patents for a new wastewater treatment process which has since been employed in several refineries. From 1967-1979 he was a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst. During this time, he was appointed to NIH’s air pollution panel and in 1976 to the Science Advisory Board (engineering panel) of EPA. From 1979 to “retirement” in 2000 he was employed in the consulting sector working mostly with commercial clients. He was employed by three companies: Environmental Research and Technology (Vice President Engineering), Radian Corporation (Senior Project Manager) and Woodward Clyde Consultants (Vice President, Principal). After retirement from Woodward Clyde he started a small consulting business focusing on litigation support and expert witness assignments. The Company was asked to assist in about twenty separate cases. His consulting assignments focused on selection of remediation technologies, particularly for manufactured gas plants and PCB contaminated sites. He has also served on many EPA review panels for contracts and centers of excellence and has been a member of the NRC panels focused on destruction of chemical weapons. He has served as a consultant to EPA (fugitive emissions from refineries), Arthur D Little (petroleum refining), and SAIC (destruction of chemical weapons containing mercury). While at UMass he chaired the University Academic Policy Committee and was one of the original Directors of the BDIC program.
Danny D. Reible is the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair at Texas Tech University. Previously he was the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas in Austin. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a Professional Engineer (LA) and in 2005 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for the “development of widely used approaches for the management of contaminated sediments”. In 2012 he helped found and currently chairs the International Society of Water Solutions, a society focused on industrial water management. His research is focused on the fate, transport and management of contaminants in the environment and the sustainable management of water resources. Current interests include the assessment of bioavailability of mercury and hydrophobic organics in sediments and their in-situ remediation as well as water management for hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil. He has also evaluated the impacts of coastal flooding, e.g. during hurricanes, on contaminant mobility and availability. He has authored or edited six books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. Research support as a principal investigator has totaled more than $30 million.>/p>
John Teal’s professional career began in the early 1950’s with his Harvard Ph.D. thesis on the trophic relationships in a tiny cold spring in Massachusetts. He then studied salt marshes at University of Georgia Marine Institute at Sapelo Island. After four years, he went to Dalhousie University in Halifax at the new oceanography establishment in eastern Canada. Dr.Teal joined Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1961 and has been Scientist Emeritus since 1995. In addition to research on coastal wetlands he has worked on physiology of large, warm blooded fishes, bird migration over the oceans, oil pollution, and wastewater treatment by wetlands. He has been involved since 1993 in a salt marsh restoration project in Delaware Bay that encompasses 32 square miles. He served on the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) scientific advisory committee for the Mississippi delta. Dr. Teal has served on National Academy committees, Federal advisory committees, editorial boards of scientific journals, published in both the scientific and popular literature, and served on local committees. Always interested in the willingness and/or unwillingness of professional scientists to take part in public policy decisions, Dr. Teal has served on the board of the Conservation Law Foundation of New England since 1978 and is now Trustee Emeritus. He was president of the Society of Wetland Scientists in 1998-9.>/p>
David F. Ludwig is a scientist, teacher, writer and naturalist with expertise in various disciplines of environmental science, and the study and management of ecosystems. Dr. Ludwig is a systems ecologist by training, with particular
interest in marine/estuarine ecosystems, invertebrate biology,
urban ecology, and risk/impact assessment. He obtained his Ph.D in Ecology from the
University of Georgia in 1985, an M.A. degree in Marine Ecology from the
Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, College of William and Mary in 1982, and
a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey in
1976. Dr. Ludwig has worked in both
government and the private sector and has been an environmental consultant for
the past 27 years. He currently works
for ARCADIS, a large interdisciplinary sciences and engineering firm providing
consulting services throughout the world.
In this role, he has traveled and consulted extensively on a wide range
of environmental projects/issues in North America, Europe, the Middle East and
the Far East. Dr. Ludwig also serves as
the Director of AEHS’s Online Professional Education Forum where he designs and
teaches a variety of courses in ecological impact assessment and environmental
management, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Foundation’s
journals. He also teaches a course in
Ecological Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland, and various courses
on environmental management at scientific conferences and symposiums. Throughout his career, Dr. Ludwig has
published extensively on a wide range of environmental and global sustainability
issues, including many editorial pieces for AEHS, as well as articles for peer
review journals, books and book chapters.
He co-authored books on topics as diverse as the biology, ecology and toxicology of
and the historical ecology of urban ecosystems—the latter chronicling the
environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities to the lower Passaic River in
northern New Jersey, a river that Dr. Ludwig lived near and fished in while
growing up. David is, above all, a true
family man. He lives in Columbia,
Maryland with Cathy, his wife of 31 years.
He has 3 children, Molly (age 25), Jesse (age 23) and Colin (age 20),
all of whom share Dave’s passion for travel, literature, ecology, music and
cooking. Dave fittingly works in a small
office in a marina in downtown Annapolis, looking out over a harbor. In his role with ARCADIS, he continues to
mentor and teach staff, both young and old, and he helps develop and foster
initiatives in biodiversity and sustainable global environmental solutions.