Environmental Engineering Advisory Board

John Durant, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine in the Tufts University School of Medicine. His research uses water quality and air quality measurements and modeling to inform decision-making on water and air pollution problems, exposure mitigation and environmental engineering design. He has published many journal articles and two book chapters on these subjects. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he developed methods to identify and quantify genotoxic chemicals in surface water, soil, and sediments. Prior to his current appointment, he was a post-doctoral scholar with the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences where he worked on the development of bioassay-directed fractionation methods to analyze complex environmental mixtures. Previously, he was an environmental scientist at Camp Dresser and McKee in Boston, a visiting researcher with the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and he worked as a foreign fisheries biologist on Japanese and Korean fishing boats in the Bering Sea for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He is a licensed professional environmental engineering in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2014, he was the director of the environmental engineering undergraduate degree program at Tufts, and he is currently co-director of the Water: Systems, Science and Society graduate certificate program, which is also at Tufts.

Toby Fedder, P.E. (Vice Chair) is a Project Manager with the environmental consulting firm Woodard & Curran in their Andover, MA office. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and has over eighteen years of experience in the consulting engineering and financial management industries, including six years with Morgan Stanley. Mr. Fedder is a licensed professional engineer in the states of New Hampshire and Maine and sits on the Financial Management committee of the New England Water Works Association. Although he currently leads Woodard & Curran’s utility financial management consulting practice, his primary area of experience within the environmental engineering fields is in municipal water treatment and distribution. He has overseen the completion of water system plant piloting, design, and construction of new plants and plant upgrades in multiple municipalities throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Alvin C. Firmin, P.E., BCEE is a retired Senior Vice President and Wastewater Practice Leader with CDM. He currently serves as a wastewater consultant to CDM. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. in Sanitary Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. For over 36 years at CDM he specialized in project management, engineering analysis and design/operation of wastewater treatment systems and sludge management facilities. He has extensive experience in nutrient removal, sludge handling facilities, and schedule/budget management of large, complex projects. Over the course of his career with CDM he participated in the planning, design, and
evaluation of wastewater treatment and sludge disposal facilities for more than 75 treatment facilities throughout the United States. These facilities ranged in size from less than 1 to 1,200 million gallons per day. He is a registered professional engineer in six states, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and New England Water Environment Association. He provided real-life projects annually for over 25 years to the undergraduate wastewater design course at the University of New Hampshire.

Kerry Meyer, P.E. (Chair) is a project technologist with CH2M HILL’s Water Business Group in Denver, CO. Ms. Meyer has more than ten years of experience on water and wastewater treatment piloting, design, operation, and master planning projects. Ms. Meyer recently co-authored the Water Research Foundation report “Biological and Ion Exchange Nitrate Removal Evaluation”, the AWWA Algae Manual, as well as the inaugural Biological Drinking Water Treatment Chapter of the American Water Works “Water Treatment Plant Design” publication. In 2008, Ms. Meyer initiated and chaired the first Biological Drinking Water Treatment Committee for the American Water Works Association and has been an active member of the committee since its inception. As a project technologist at CH2M HILL, Ms. Meyer provides guidance for projects throughout the United States and abroad involving a wide range of water and wastewater treatment technologies involving physical, chemical, or biologically-based treatment processes. Ms. Meyer received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2000, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Dr. James R. Mihelcic , PhD, BCEEM, is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar at the University of South Florida (Tampa).  Dr. Mihelcic is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board.  He is a past board member and president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member, and a current Board Trustee with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES).   At the University of South Florida, Dr. Mihelcic directs the Peace Corps Master's International Program in Civil & Environmental Engineering (http://cee.eng.usf.edu/peacecorps) which allows students to combine their graduate studies with service and research in the Peace Corps as water/sanitation engineers (in developing world settings). He is also director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supported National Research Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management.  His teaching and research interests are centered around engineering and sustainability, specifically understanding how global stressors such as climate, land use, and urbanization influence water resources, water quality, water reuse, and selection and provision of water supply and sanitation technologies. Dr. Mihelcic is also an international expert in provision of water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing world communities.   He is the lead author of 4 engineering textbooks, has authored close to 100 peer reviewed journal articles, and currently directs over $7 million of federal research funding.

Lynne Santos, P.E. is currently the owner and President of Air Quality Associates (AQA), a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise. AQA assists industrial clients as well as other consulting firms with air quality and compliance issues. She is about to celebrate her 10th anniversary of being in business for herself. Ms. Santos specializes in air quality consulting: air permitting, air emission estimates, air dispersion modeling, control technology reviews, and regulatory compliance audits. Prior to setting up her own business, she worked as an Air Quality Engineer at ENSR, AECOM's global environmental management business where she conducted Best Available Control Technology (BACT) analyses, prepared air emission estimates, performed air dispersion modeling and air quality audits. As a Senior Engineer at Titan Corporation, Ms. Santos extended a Lagrangian puff dispersion model to include gas and aqueous phase chemistry and aerosol thermodynamics, incorporated the model as a plume-in-grid in MODEL S3 and MAQSIP photochemical modeling systems, and validated it using ozone measurements from the Cumberland power plant in Nashville, TN. As an Associate at ENVIRON, she performed air dispersion modeling for air permit applications, health risk assessments, and accidental releases. Ms. Santos received her BS in Chemical Engineering from UNH in 1992 and a MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky in 1994.

Laura Thompson, Ph.D., is the Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development at Sappi Fine Paper North America. In her role at Sappi, Dr. Thompson is responsible for working with the company’s leadership to set strategy, establish long term goals and drive key initiatives that have enabled Sappi to be recognized as a leader in sustainability. She also serves as the thought leader behind Sappi’s eQ brand; a multi-dimensional communication platform featuring videos, white papers, the eQ Journal (also available in print) and a blog - The Environmental Quotient. At the core of the eQ brand, Sappi aims to deliver “proof without empty promises” on a wide range of subjects. Whether it is eco-labeling, life cycle analysis, sustainable forestry or greenhouse gas emissions, Dr. Thompson presents information grounded in facts and science; in a voice that is unparalleled in the print communications industry. Dr. Thompson received her BS in Chemical Engineering from UNH in 1988 and an MS and PhD in Paper Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in 1995. Since 1995, she has held a variety of positions within the paper industry including R&D, mill environmental, product development, and most recently marketing and sustainable development. Dr. Thompson proudly serves the industry through numerous collaborative efforts including the TwoSides US Sustainability Committee, GreenBlue’s Forest Products Working Group and AF&PA’s task force on extended producer responsibility (EPR).