Professor and Associate Dean
Research Assistant Professor
ENE Advisory Board
Amoret L. Bunn, Ph.D. is an environmental engineer at
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute,
and is currently on assignment with the U.S. Department of Energy’s
Office of Environmental Management, Office of Groundwater and Soil Remediation.
Her experiences range from remediation activities for contaminated soil
and groundwater, to development of ecological risk assessment software,
to working with groups of people with various technical training and cultural
backgrounds on environmental impact assessments. In addition, she has extensive
experience in preparing and leading field surveys for hazard assessments
of metal and organic contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
Dr. Bunn has reviewed and prepared environmental compliance documentation
for CERCLA, RCRA and NEPA, and participated in all phases of CERCLA RI/FS
process. Her research areas of interest include pharmacokinetic studies
of aquatic organisms, health assessments for nanomaterials, and ecological
risk assessments of xenobiotic chemicals. Many of these assessments have
focused on fate and transport in hyporheic systems using large-scale mesocosms.
Before arriving in the Pacific Northwest, she received a B.S. from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University (1986), and a M.S. (1989) and
Ph.D. (1992) from the University of New Hampshire.
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.
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.
Richard D. Siegel, Ph.D., is an environmental, health, safety and security consultant with 44 years of experience focused on risk management for a wide variety of chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and government clients. He is President of R & B Consulting Services. Dr. Siegel began his career as a specialist in air quality related matters; for example, he obtained one of the first Prevention of Significant Deterioration and emission offset approvals in Delaware for the expansion of the then Getty Oil refinery to include a new methanol plant. Dr. Siegel was also project director for one of the first air toxics studies in the country; a project to characterize the emissions and their impact on air quality levels in the Hennepin County, MN, airshed for a waste to energy facility. The project included a comprehensive ambient air toxics monitoring program. Dr. Siegel was Chair of AIChE’s Government Relations Committee at the time of the Bhopal disaster. Through his leadership, the Committtee created the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) to provide technical tools for industry to deal with process safety related issues. He currently serves as a member on that committee, is a Director of AIChE’s Management Division and is a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Program Committee for AIChE’s Environmental Division. He is past chair of both committees. Dr. Siegel has directed services and programs focused on business risk and sustainability, built around the fundamental tenet that the pathway to sustainability begins with compliance and must pass through public trust to be achievable and meaningful. Recent projects have involved risk communication and risk management, including development of guidance manuals for the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers, guidance materials for the American Chemistry Council and training programs for member companies of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. He has also been responsible for assisting a number of clients in manufacturing and aviation in successfully conducting insurance recovery projects associated with their environmental liabilities. Dr. Siegel received a B.S. (1964) and M.S. (1966) in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University (1969).
Frederick R. Symmes, P.E. is a Senior Technical Director with Weston Solutions, Inc. in Concord, NH. His expertise includes a wide range of technologies for remediation of soil and groundwater. He has designed, constructed, and operated remediation systems at numerous contaminated sites throughout the United States, as well as overseas. In the New England region, Mr. Symmes has implemented cleanups at many high-profile Superfund sites including Kearsarge Metallurgical, Savage Well, Ottati and Goss, and Pease Air Force Base Superfund sites in New Hampshire. Internationally, he has designed several major remediation systems, including one of the world’s largest air sparging/soil vapor extraction systems at the former Kai Tak International Airport in Hong Kong. As a Senior Technical Director at Weston, Mr. Symmes provides guidance for projects involving a wide range of remedial technologies involving physical, chemical, thermal, and biological processes. He is currently implementing sustainable remediation practices, including alternative energy, at contaminated sites in order to minimize the environmental impact of remediation projects. Mr. Symmes received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1991 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Hampshire.
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).