Helping the international community 

adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices

2019 Recipients
2018 Recipients
He managed SERDP and ESTCP’s $140M per year investment in environmental and energy science and technology and served as the principal advisor at the Office of the Secretary of Defense on environment and energy technology issues that impact DoD installations. He established the DoD’s environmental research and technology strategic direction and created a new DoD-wide ESTCP. During his tenure he oversaw the execution of over 1,500 environmental research and demonstration projects in academic, industrial, and federal laboratories; led the DoD’s participation on state and federal environmental committees; served as peer reviewer for multiple National Academy studies related to environmental issues; and served on scientific advisory boards for EPA and DOE environmental research programs. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for demonstrating visionary leadership in transforming the Department’s environmental strategies. 
Before joining DoD, he worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Stanford University, the University of California, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physical Chemistry. 
At DoD he served as the Executive Director of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) where he led the Department’s science and technology investments in energy and environment. 
Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee is the Chief Scientist at Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization. He has over 20 years of government leadership in research, technology development, and policy aimed at making the Department of Defense (DoD) a more sustainable and effective organization.
Bob is now a senior scientist at PAES, which is an environmental laboratory specializing in analyses which provide data to elucidate in-situ remediation, environmental, and petroleum forensics investigations. Bob lives in the Pittsburgh, PA area, and is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry and of The University of Western Ontario with a Ph.D. in Chemistry.  
Dr. Robert J. Pirkle has focused his formal training in chemistry in the area of the geochemistry of subsurface sediments and groundwater, particularly as applied to the in-situ bioremediation and forensic investigations of petroleum, chlorinated solvents, and other contaminants in groundwater and near surface sediments. After working for Gulf Research and Development Company as Director of Geochemistry, Bob founded an environmental services company, Microseeps, Inc., which developed the capability to plan and design monitoring and remediation programs, provide in-situ remedial and forensic investigations, provide a full suite of environmental analytical data, and provide data interpretation and reporting. Microseeps was acquired by Pace Analytical Energy Services (PAES) in 2013.  
Dr. George DeVaull is a Principal Engineer at Shell Global Solutions US Inc. in Houston, Texas and a member of the American Petroleum Institute [API] Groundwater Task Force. His work has included development of the API BioVapor model for predictive estimates of indoor vapor intrusion, including authorship and publication of the model basis; participation in development of the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council [ITRC] and USEPA guides for petroleum vapor intrusion; and presentations, workshops, and seminars on better quantifying the potential for indoor vapor exposure from subsurface petroleum releases. His other work has included methods, development, and technical support in evaluating human health and ecological risks, chemical fate and transport, and remediation of impacted sites. George has a Ph.D. from University of Illinois.  
TIFO works in these communities to build local and national capacity to addresses these challenges. The environmental health interventions are adapted to meet local cultural and socio-economic conditions and are developed and implemented in partnership with local leadership, government, industry, NGOs, and universities. TIFO’s projects are interdisciplinary, collaborative efforts; projects include sites in Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Senegal, China, Nigeria, and Kyrgyzstan. TIFO was awarded the Green Star Award by the United Nations in 2011 for their collaborative work with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in villages impacted by a severe lead poisoning outbreak in Northern Nigeria.  
TerraGraphics International Foundation’s (TIFO) mission is to take lessons learned from decades of experience at US hazardous waste sites and apply them to environmental health crises in low and middleincome countries, where extractive industries have relocated in favor of inadequate or poorly enforced environmental and public health regulations. This ‘path of least resistance’ results in more pollution and disease in the world’s most impoverished countries, where poverty, climate change, and public health crises further exacerbate adverse health outcomes.  
2017 Recipients
Matthew C. Small, Ph.D., PG, is the Regional Science Liaison (RSL) for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) in EPA Region 9 (R9), San Francisco, California. As RSL, Matt works to facilitate communication, collaboration, and technical support between ORD and R9. He is one of the Region’s hydrogeology experts, and led the effort to create national EPA OSWER directives and ASTM standards for remediation by natural attenuation and risk-based corrective action.
Matt is also well versed in contaminant fate and transport evaluation, contaminated site remediation, long-term management of residual contamination, and evaluating cleanup goals/options. Matt spent five years in private geological consulting prior to joining EPA. Matt has a B.S. in Geology from CSU Hayward and a M. Eng. in Mineral Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. He is also a Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of California.
In June 1984, he joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma. He is the recipient of several awards, including Best Paper of 1974-1975 Award presented by the Organic Geochemistry Section of the Geochemical Society, Regents Award for Outstanding Research at the University of Oklahoma (1989), and Global Excellence Award in the Petroleum Sector from the Energy and Environment Foundation in India (2016). He has presented papers at numerous international meetings and has taught petroleum and environmental geochemistry courses in several countries. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, European Association of Organic Geochemists, and Association of Latin American Geochemists. Recently, a large amount of his research has been concerned with environmental studies, particularly investigating the use of stable carbon isotopes as a means of monitoring and tracking pollutants in the environment. He became a Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma in January 2015 but continues to have an active research program in petroleum and environmental geochemistry in the School of Geology and Geophysics.
R. Paul Philp received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Sydney (Australia) in 1972 and a D.Sc. Degree from the same University in 1998. He spent one-and-a-half years as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor G. Eglinton at the University of Bristol (England) undertaking research in various aspects of organic geochemistry and the application of analytical techniques, such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, to this area of research. Following this, he spent four years at the University of California, Berkeley as a research associate, directing the organic geochemistry research group of Professor Melvin Calvin. He returned to Sydney in 1977 to join the CSIRO Fuel Geoscience Unit, now part of the Division of Fossil Fuels, where he was a principal research scientist studying various aspects of petroleum geochemistry. 
2016 Recipients
Dr. Ioana G. Petrisor is a biochemist with over 20 years of experience specializing in environmental forensics/litigation support. She has applied a large variety of fingerprinting techniques to track the source and age-date contaminants. Dr. Petrisor has served as an expert witness in California courts to testify on fate and transport, as well as sources and age of environmental contamination. Dr. Petrisor is the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Forensics Journal and the author of the recently published book Environmental Forensics Fundamentals – A Practical Guide. She has extensive publication experience including 1 invention patent, 6 book chapters, over 70 research articles, 12 editorials, and 3 technical guidelines. 
Dr. Petrisor serves as an Instructor with AEHS Foundation and EOS Alliance teaching both on-line and in-class courses. She has managed and conducted innovative research for U.S. DOE, U.S. DOD, and European Community on innovative remedial techniques including a variety of bioremediation remedies for soil, sediments, and water. Dr. Petrisor has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Romanian Academy of Sciences and a Bachelor in Chemistry from the Bucharest University, Romania.
G. Todd Ririe is an environmental technical specialist with BP’s Remediation Technology Group in La Palma, CA. Todd has worked at BP since 2006 and prior to this worked at Unocal. He provides environmental technical support to operations primarily on the West Coast and as needed throughout various business units. He has a B.A. in Geology from Cornell College, and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Iowa. He is a registered professional geologist in California. Todd has over 25 years of experience in applied geology, geologic instruction, and environmental applications of geology. Since 1990, his primary focus has been on environmental projects related to petroleum hydrocarbon site assessment, vapor intrusion, and application of effective remedial approaches to reach closure.
2015 Recipients
Currently the Chief of the UST and Site Cleanup Section at the California State Water Resources Control Board, Kevin Graves has over 20 years of experience with groundwater investigation and remediation. He received a Bachelors degree from UC Santa Barbara in mechanical engineering and a Masters degree from California State University Sacramento in civil engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in both civil and mechanical engineering. Mr. Graves received a superior accomplishment award from the State Water Resources Control Board in 2013 for his work in the preparation of the “Low-Threat UST Case Closure Policy” that was adopted in 2012. In addition to his work in the UST program, he is currently focusing on sources of chlorinated solvent contamination in public water supply wells.
Henry Schuver holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Environmental Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Master of Science in Geology from Arizona State University. He has been an Environmental Scientist with the USEPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR), Cleanup Programs Branch since 1997. In 1999, to help meet the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993, he authored the national RCRA Corrective Action Environmental Indicator (EI) guidance for both Groundwater Migration and for Human Exposures. The Human Exposures EI guidance-forms required a review of all plausible exposure pathways from subsurface contamination including impacts to indoor air.
He subsequently led the development of the 2001 Supplemental Guidance for Vapor Intrusion (VI) for RCRA EI Determinations (at all High-Priority RCRA sites) which raised the awareness of VI exposures nationally and led to the development of the 2002 OSWER draft VI guidance. Since 1999 has been leading annual national workshops with national and international experts in VI to improve the scientific understanding of vapor intrusion and VI risk-management decision making. He is currently leading the development of a technical document on ‘Radon Lessons’ based on the scientific observations from decades of Radon intrusion studies. His life goal is to find cost-effective responses to VI risks/potential that benefit all stakeholders including public health and welfare, such as ‘Soil-Gas Safe Communities.’ Prior to coming to USEPA headquarters in Washington, he worked in the USEPA Regional office in NY (1995-1997), as a environmental consultant in PA (1989-1995), and in the State of NJ (DEP) (1985-1989).
2014 Recipients
Lee Shull has worked his entire 38-year career in the environmental field, mostly as an environmental toxicologist. After completing MS and PhD degrees in nutrition and toxicology at Oregon State University, he began his career at Michigan State University helping the State of Michigan work through major environmental pollution issues that plagued the state at that time, notably the accidental poisoning of food animals with polybrominated and polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorinated dioxins and furans. The polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) episode is still considered the largest agricultural contamination episode in U.S. history. He relocated to the University of California at Davis in 1981 where as a professor in the Environmental Toxicology Department for 8 yrs. He has authored and co-authored numerous research publications, textbook chapters, and a toxicology textbook on natural toxins. In 1989, he resigned from UC-Davis and began a 25-yr consulting career. 
As an environmental consultant, Lee has served both public and private sector clients providing strategic environmental planning, performing scientific evaluations and assessments on a wide range of environmental settings and toxic substances, advising large corporations on environmental issues, providing expert testimony in numerous environmental and toxic tort litigation cases and public hearings, providing risk communication to non-technical audiences, providing expert peer review to scientific publications and government agencies and guiding numerous private sector clients in complying with state and federal environmental laws and regulations. He has worked in several Asian and European countries, has been an invited speaker at numerous symposia and conferences on a wide range of environmental topics, has been active in several national and international professional societies, has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and has served on several national advisory boards. Over the years, he founded and/or co-founded three environmentally focused companies. In the past 5 years, he has expanded his environmental horizons to include renewable energy…primarily waste to energy…and to participating in the development of water treatment technologies.
Bob Wilkenfeld is General Manager of the Marketing Business Unit for the Chevron Environmental Management Company (CEMC). His organization is responsible for remediating environmental impacts associated with the global marketing of motor and aviation fuels, lubricants and asphalt products. He also serves as Chairman of Resource Environmental LLC, a joint venture formed by Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marathon and Shell to respond to releases of motor fuels in the U.S. that could threaten drinking water supplies or the public health. Bob’s technical expertise encompasses inhalation and male reproductive toxicology, human health risk assessment and risk communication. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and a full member of the Society for Toxicology.
Throughout his career, Bob has been active in promoting our understanding of the toxicity and environmental fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons. In the early 1990s, Bob led numerous industry toxicology efforts. He was a founding member of, and served on the Executive Committee for, the Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon Criteria Working Group. Since 2007, Bob has served as the management sponsor for Chevron’s extensive remediation R&D program. This multidisciplinary program focuses on improving our understanding of contaminant fate and transport and identifying breakthrough methods to investigate and remediate hydrocarbon-, metal- and brine-impacted sites. Ongoing research involves collaboration with over 20 universities and research institutes in 5 countries.
2013 Recipients
Paul W. Hadley is a Senior Hazardous Substances Engineer in the Sacramento office of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. In his over 30 years of professional experience he has published numerous articles and guidance documents on topics related to risk assessment and remediation at waste sites. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), and has expanded his professional interests and activities to include sustainable remediation.
He is currently serving as Deputy Program Manager for AGVIQ Environmental Services’ $100M Small Business Remedial Action Contract awarded by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. He retired from a civil service position with the Navy in 2007 where he was responsible for the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program at NAVFAC Atlantic since the program’s creation in 1978. In his years with the Navy, he lead a team of engineers and scientists which conducted investigations and remedial actions relative to past hazardous waste and munitions sites, and he has worked the full range of environmental compliance projects in addition to waste site cleanup, including: Providing technical consulting services to Navy/Marine Corps installations, overseeing the technical designs and implementation of management strategies, assisting in developing and implementing the Navy's first On-Scene Coordinator training course for oil and hazardous substance incident response, managing environmental response, safety, health, and waste disposal, implementing remedial actions at major POL contaminated sites, and implementing an innovative steam heating remedial action. In the final 5 years of his Navy career, he managed more than $180M in waste site restoration cleanup projects including $40M for UXO/munitions cleanup and overall program management for some 600 waste sites at 16 Navy and Marine Corps installations. Starting in 2004, he provided oversight, financial management, and business process implementation for Navy cleanup programs across the continental US. Paul served as the Navy’s technical advisor to a U.S. Special Negotiator for environmental cleanup issues at former Navy installations in Canada and for similar cleanup negotiations with the governments of Bermuda & Iceland. Mr. Rakowski has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Newark College of Engineering, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Engineering Honor Society -Tau Beta Pi and the Civil Engineering Honor Society - Chi Epsilon. He has been listed in “Who’s Who” in Environmental Engineering, as well as Marquis "Who's Who in the South & Southwest" and "Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America”.
2012 Recipients
Dr. Dragun and his associates have solved environmental issues for major companies and governments in six continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America). Dr. Dragun has been a full Professor at the University of Massachusetts and at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He has authored two college textbooks and co-authored/edited eight technical books. Also, Dr. Dragun has been the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination for over 17 years. His accomplishments are listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering (world compilation), and Who's Who in America. Dr. Dragun has received several honors and awards for his professional achievements and contributions to the community.
Gary Foote is a Principal Geologist with AMEC Earth & Infrastructure in Oakland, California. He has an M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Illinois and he has more than 25 years of professional experience. His practice spans many aspects of site characterization and remediation, with specialized expertise in petroleum hydrocarbons. He has authored and presented many technical papers and workshops, and he has served on the Editorial Review Board for Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation published by the National Ground Water Association. He was President of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the California Groundwater Resources Association in 2002 and 2003 and has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the AEHS West Coast Conference since 1997.
James Dragun, Ph.D. is a soil chemist with extensive experience dealing with soil investigations and remediation. He has addressed the extent, danger, and/or cleanup of chemicals at sites of national and international concern such as the oil lakes caused by the 1991 Persian Gulf War (Kuwait), VX chemical warfare agent for the U.N. Weapons Inspection Program (Iraq), malfunction of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant USA), and dioxin in Missouri (USA). Twenty-four nations including Japan, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands have utilized his expertise. He founded and built an environmental engineering-science consulting company. For over 20 years, he has led a team of specialists in chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, plant engineering, environmental science, geology, hydrogeology, chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, and biology. 
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. It’s more than 400 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators, and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry. The API oil/Groundwater Technical Group has sponsored more than two hundred projects over the last 30 years, and its work is frequently presented at AEHS conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. It has been a leading contributor on such key topics as monitored natural attenuation, risk-based corrective action, soil vapor transport, and residual NAPL management.
Paul Rakowski, P.E. is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) (American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists) with more than 38 years of professional engineering experience in program, project management, and technical support supporting including the development of environmental policies, guidance documents, predominately to Navy and Marine Corps installations and environmental programs. 
2011 Recipients
Stephen Eikenberry has been an environmental professional for nearly 40 years with work ranging from evaluating acid mine drainage to advocating research and development programs. He was the head of the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center Environmental Department where he was responsible for oversight of the Navy’s environmental research and development efforts such as the Department of Defense’s National Test Site, pollution prevention, and site cleanup programs. He also developed the Navy’s site remediation and the chemical quality assurance programs. Steve has been active with AEHS since 1993 and serves on Science Advisory Board for the San Diego Conference. He is a Registered Geologist in California and a Licensed Professional Geologist in Indiana. Steve lives in Ventura, California, with his wife and two daughters.
Susan Henry enjoys a 30-year career in the environmental field that has included teaching, research, and consulting. Her early focus was environmental microbiology and bioremediation of xenobiotics, particularly chlorinated solvents, which expanded to include natural attenuation. The focus of more recent efforts has been assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, and she teaches an RI/FS remediation class through UCI Extension. Susan obtained a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She has published and presented extensively, edited books, organized and chaired symposia, and is author of the famed “Bioreclamation Rap” which topped the charts in 1991.
He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed SCCAEPA Online Journal. Dr. Rong is the author or co-author for about 30 peer-reviewed publications, and the editor of the book entitled “Practical Environmental Statistics and Data Analysis.” He was the recipient of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board Outstanding Achievement Award and Supervisory Performance Award. Dr. Yue Rong has his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Wisconsin.
Anna came to ITRC from Comprehensive Environmental Utility Services, LLC (CEUS), where she was a Senior Vice President and Partner. Prior to CEUS, she was a Senior Engineer, concentrating in remediation engineering and project management, with Haley & Aldrich, Inc., a national environmental engineering firm. Earlier in her career, Anna was responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of pilot- and full-scale in-situ remediation projects as a Research and Development Manager for Regenesis, a specialty chemical company that serves the remediation industry. Over the course of her career, Anna has evaluated a wide-range of contaminated sites to determine technical and cost effective remedial strategies for specific site conditions. She has contributed to over 60 presentations and publications on remediation, has presented at a wide range of national and international conferences She holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in biological engineering from Cornell University.
2010 Recipients
Dr. Yue Rong (a.k.a. “Y.R.”) is currently the Environmental Program Manager for the Underground Storage Tank Program at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Office. He has more than 20 years’ experience with the Agency in dealing with groundwater contamination problems in the Los Angeles area of California, U.S.A. He is an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Forensics. Dr. Rong was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 as the president on the board of directors for the Southern California Chinese American Environmental Protection Association (SCCAEPA), serving the local minority community.
Anna Willett is the Director of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC). ITRC is a public-private coalition working to eliminate barriers to the use of innovative environmental technologies and approaches, so that compliance costs are reduced and clean up efficacy is maximized. ITRC produces documents and training that broaden and deepen technical knowledge and expedite quality regulatory decision-making, while protecting human health and the environment. With private and public sector members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ITRC truly provides a national perspective. Anna has been involved with ITRC since 2003 in a variety of roles, including serving on the ITRC Board of Advisors from 2005-2007 and on the Bioremediation of DNAPLs and In Situ Bioremediation ITRC Teams from 2003-2005. 
John Hills is the Director of Water Quality and Regulatory Compliance for the Irvine Ranch Water District. At IRWD, he is responsible for monitoring the quality of the District’s waste water, potable water, recycled water and urban runoff systems and ensuring that the District operates in full compliance with all regulatory requirements. Prior to joining IRWD, John was the Environmental Services Manager for the City of Anaheim. At Anaheim, he was responsible for ensuring the City’s facilities and water and electric utility operations complied with all environmental regulatory requirements. John obtained his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the California State University at Long Beach and an MBA from Chapman University in Orange.


In 2010, the Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air presented the first AEHS Foundation Achievement Awards. This award is presented to individuals or organizations that have shown significant contributions to the field as well as outstanding environmental stewardship. We are proud to announce the recipients of this award below.