Keynote SPEAKERS

CleanUp Conference

Dr Dan Bryant

Director of Practices, Environmental Remediation Services
Woodard & Curran, USA

Dan is the Director of Practices, Environmental Remediation Services, for Woodard & Curran in East Windsor, New Jersey, USA. Dan brings nearly 25 years of experience in environmental geochemistry, hydrogeology, site characterization, design and implementation of a wide range of biotic and abiotic remedial technologies, targeting organic and inorganic compounds in soil and groundwater including fractured rock aquifers. Dan holds three patents for biological and chemical in-situ treatment technologies for organic and inorganic contaminants in soil and groundwater. Dan earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and a Ph.D. in geology from Columbia University in New York City, New York, in 1995.

Dr Dora Taggart

President, Microbial Insights, USA

Dora Taggart is the President of Microbial Insights. Since joining Microbial Insights in 2001, the array of MBTs developed and validated at Microbial Insights has been greatly expanded from the first commercial qPCR analysis (Dehalococcoides) through the development of the QuantArray® and commercialization of stable isotope probing (SIP) to the Microbial Insights Database. Dora personally analyzed the first commercial Dehalococcoides qPCR samples and continues to propel MI forward by collaborating with leading researchers in academia and federal agencies to ensure that MI remains on the cutting edge. As President, Dora has become a global ambassador for MBTs, regularly presenting as an invited speaker at environmental and corrosion conferences, leading hundreds of technical workshops worldwide, and co-authoring guidance documents with groups like the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) EMD team and ER Wiki (Remediapedia) to support appropriate use and interpretation of MBTs. In 2011, Dora was named the most valuable team member for the ITRC EMD team. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Bottle Rocket Productions, Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau, Environmental Workshops, LLC as well as the Board of Visitors for the University of Tennessee Department of Microbiology. Dora received her degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Dr Jason Conder

Senior Scientist, Geosyntec, USA

Dr. Jason Conder is a senior scientist at Geosyntec Consultants in Huntington Beach, California. He has more than 15 years of experience in environmental toxicology, ecological and human health risk assessment, bioaccumulation and bioavailability of environmental contaminants, environmental chemistry, environmental monitoring technology, and statistics. Dr. Conder has provided technical expertise in ecological risk assessment and environmental toxicology to multinational clients addressing environmental liability and risk issues associated with contaminated sites. A key part of his focus during the last 14 years has included PFASs, including several product- and site-specific fate and risk assessments and authoring two key review articles on PFAS use, fate, terminology, and bioaccumulation. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, presented technical work at numerous international scientific conferences, and has served on and co-chaired several technical workshops.

Dr Hans F Stroo

Consultant, Stroo Consulting, USA

Dr. Stroo is a consultant with over 30 years of experience in site remediation. He received a BS from Oregon State University, an MS from West Virginia University, and a PhD from Cornell University. He has served as a technical advisor to the Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) programs for over 20 years. For SERDP/ESTCP, he reviews funding proposals and progress on funded projects, as well as leading workshops to identify research needs and promising advancements. In addition to several journal articles and technology status updates on remediation advances, he has edited four books on in situ remediation.

Dr Kurt Pennell

250th Anniversary Professor of Engineering, Brown University, USA

Dr. Kurt Pennell joined Brown University in January 2018 as the 250th Anniversary Professor of Engineering. Previously, Dr. Pennell was Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University, and the Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Environmental Engineering. Prior to moving to Tufts, Dr. Pennell was a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and held an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pennell’s research addresses three main topics; soil and groundwater remediation, engineered nanomaterials, and environmental toxicology. His current research focuses on the remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), environmental exposure metabolomics, and the use of engineered nanomaterials for subsurface characterization. Dr. Pennell has published over 150 referred journal articles and book chapters, is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). His work has received numerous awards, including the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Project of the Year in Environmental Restoration (2006, 2012).

Mr Naji Akladiss

ITRC Board of Advisors, USA

Naji Akladiss, P.E. is a Project Manager with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP), Bureau of Remediation in Augusta Maine. He has worked for the Department since 1989 (as an Analytical Chemist in MEDEP Laboratory; as a Project Manager for federal facilities since 1991). He has experience in environmental technologies and Superfund remediation. Naji is the Project Manager for the clean-up of two Superfund sites in the State of Maine. He currently serves on the ITRC Board of Advisors and is the former Co-Leader of the Characterization & Fractured Rock teams. He also served as the ITRC State Point of Contact from Maine. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) by the American Society for Quality.

Dr Heather Rectanus

Senior Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., USA

Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., P.E., a Senior Engineer in our Columbia, Maryland office, has more than 12 years of experience leading or working on a broad range of environmental research, development, and implementation projects.  She specializes in bioremediation and monitored natural attenuation (MNA) remedial strategies for CERCLA and Underground Storage Tank (UST) sites.  Her interests reside in technology transfer to integrate the state of the science with field applications, and she has worked on projects encompassing biosparging designs, biobarrier installation, MNA assessment, and Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) management strategies.  Dr. Rectanus has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, an M.S. in Civil Engineering, a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, and a B.A. in German.

Dr Larry M. Deschaine

Hydrogeologic, Inc., USA

Larry M. Deschaine, PhD PEng, is a Complex Adaptive Systems and Optimization expert with 35 years’ commercial experience. He is a recognized expert in Cloud-based high-performance computing for environmental systems analysis and optimization. He developed a self-adaptive universal modeling and optimization algorithm which formally integrates human expertise, real world observations, physics, engineering and social models which earned the Grand Prize Award in the Research Category from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He received the United States of America Vice-Presidential Hammer Award, is the Lead Developer of the Physics-based Management Optimization (PBMOTM) system, and has authored over 100 publications.

Professor Ming-Hung Wong

Research Chair, The Education University of Hong Kong

Professor Wong is currently Advisor/Research Chair Professor of Environmental Science, The Education University of Hong Kong; Distinguished Visiting Professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology; Emeritus Chair Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Springer).

Professor Wong served as the Coordinator of Central and North-East Asia of the project “Regionally based assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances”, and as a Panel Member (of three experts) of another project “Chemicals Management Issues of developing countries and countries with economies in transition”, both sponsored by UNEP/GEF, during 2001-2003, and 2010-2012, respectively.

Dr Charles J. Newell

Vice President, GSI Environmental Inc, USA

Dr. Charles Newell is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a NGWA Certified Ground Water Professional, and an Adjunct Professor at Rice University. He has co-authored five EPA publications, 12 environmental decision support software systems, numerous technical articles, and two books, including Natural Attenuation of Fuels and Chlorinated Solvents. His professional expertise includes site characterization, groundwater and surface water quality modeling, risk assessments, natural attenuation, LNAPL/DNAPL problems, bioremediation, non-point source studies, software development, and long-term monitoring projects. He has served as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for numerous environmental research and development projects for the Dept. of Energy, American Petroleum Institute, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense and industrial clients. Dr. Newell has been awarded the Hanson Excellence of Presentation Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Outstanding Presentation Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2001 Wesley W. Horner Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers; the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award from Rice University; Strategic Research and Development Program (SERDP) 2014 Project of the Year as a Co-PI, and the ITRC Environmental Excellence Award in 2016.

Ms Ona Papageorgiou

Environmental Engineer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, USA

Ona Papageorgiou, P.E. is a professional engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She was a co-Team Lead for the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council Team which developed the guidance document for Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies. Ms. Papageorgiou is the Agency lead for methane regulation supporting the ambitious goals for methane reduction in New York State. She brings 10 years of private industry and 13 years of public experience to her role. Ona received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University and her M.S. in environmental engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Mr Richard Spiese

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Richard Spiese has a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Geological Sciences. He has been with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division since 1987. He has taken numerous Master’s level environmental engineering course at the University of Vermont. His job duties include overseeing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites in the Sites Management Section, responding to spills on the Waste Management Division’s Spill Team, and responding to hazardous materials emergencies as part of the Public Safety Division’s Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team. He has been in the EPA Region I Regional Response Team as the governor’s designee since 1992 and on the State Emergency Response Commission since 1994. He has been on the ASTSWMO Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Task Force 1994 to 2008, and was the co-chair from 1996-2010. He rejoined this Task Force in 2014 and just recently stepped down from this position. He joined the Interstate Technology Regulatory Commission Board in 2016 as the State At Large Member. In 2017, he was asked to become the Team Leader Liaison to the Board, which he accepted. He is also the writing section lead for aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) for the ITRC per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Technical Document Team. In February of 2016 he began investigation into PFAS contamination in Bennington Vermont, which continues today.