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Expert in Environmental Chemistry: Analytical, Fate and Transport, Statistics, Validation, Data Management

Expert ID: 721947 Maryland, USA

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Fundamental to almost every decision made in the environmental sciences are chemical analytical data describing the nature and extent of contamination or monitoring and environmental process or condition. It is rare, however, to find individuals who understand chemical analytical data to be statistical quantities that must be employed within the context of the quality control measures of precision and accuracy, and with an eye toward rigorous application of statistical principles. Further, in order to assess risks associated with environmental contamination it is necessary to have detailed knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biochemical properties of the contaminants. Expert can provide unique insights into planning for environmental data gathering activities, field and laboratory methods of sampling and analysis, and the transformation of data into information in understandable graphic forms.

Gas chromatography is one of numerous routinely applied methods of analyzing environmental samples. Expert has more than 15 years of experience in the review of chemical analytical data from a wide variety of laboratories, instruments, and methods. He has provided expert witness and other forms of litigation support in this area. He is a nationally recognized resource providing insight into the quality and meaning of various forms of environmental data.

Expert provides assessment of data quality not only in terms of the compliance of analysis with standard methods, but also in relation to the precision and accuracy of the data and its fitness to be used for various applications. This requires detailed knowledge of program objectives, sampling strategies, and statistical data analysis. Expert has more than 15 years of experience in these matters and is considered a national resource and expert in this regard.

Expert has repeatedly been called upon to examine chemical degradation pathways as well as chemical exposure pathways in the analysis of environmental risk. In instances where the responsibility for environmental contamination must be assigned, in instances where engineering design decisions are based on natural and/or enhanced degradation of contaminants, and in defining both human health and ecological exposure pathways, Expert has provided expert assistance to offices and companies world-wide.

Expert is a leader in developing innovative technologies for reducing the cost of environmental investigations and environmental monitoring activities. Expert advocates a "Value Engineering" approach to review the manner in which resources are allocated to these efforts and can identify various management, engineering, and statistical tools that can dramatically reduce the long-term costs. Immunoassay and other forms of test kits are one such approach. However, there are also other means such as the use of chemical sensors, field portable instrumentation, and geo-statistical techniques that can offer significant cost reductions.

Long term environmental monitoring will be one of the biggest cost items for government and non-government entities for years to come. The application of innovative technologies and statistical techniques to this process can result in enormous cost reductions. In one study for the US Air Force, Expert demonstrated a projected savings of 75%.

Expert has expert knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of virtually all hazardous waste constituents regulated by the US government. This knowledge is useful in planning for data gathering activities, in the design of treatment systems, and in presenting site data to management, regulators, and the public in an understandable, non-threatening manner.

He maintained quality control for an incinerator compliance test and trial burn at Petro-processors superfund site.He did a feld analytical chemistry support, UMDA, Hermiston, OR. Expert performed an ecological risk assessment, Wortsmith AFB.Design/Construction QA/QC - Bldg. 103/503 Landfill, APG, MD

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Wilmington, Delaware - Vineland, New Jersey - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: BS Subject: Environmental Science Institution: SUNY Albany

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1989 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate & Manager Department: Analytical Quality Assurance Services Responsibilities: He is a QA/QC Officer for the Government Services Division. He plans and coordinates the activities of field and office personnel in support of Environmental Chemistry, Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) related activities. This includes facilitating the development of appropriate Data Quality Objectives, reviewing in-house and subcontracted work plans and work products; validating and interpreting analytical data submitted by contracted laboratories, developing field and laboratory SOPs and other Project Controlling Documents, auditing URS and contractor activities for CERCLA, RCRA, NPDES, and Health & Safety applications, performing management consulting in Total Quality Management and general QA management, field analytical activities and mobile laboratories, and data management. He develops and implements in-house QA programs, and manages client liaison. He provides environmental chemistry and QA/QC guidance to project managers and field teams. He provides consultation regarding issues of environmental transformation, degradation, fate, transport, and effects of environmental contaminants. Finally, he engages in consulting and auditing in support of quality and environmental management system registrations.Control (QA/QC) related activities including facilitating the development of appropriate Data
Quality Objectives, reviewing in-house and subcontracted work plans and work products;
validating and interpreting analytical data submitted by contracted laboratories, developing field
and laboratory SOPs and other Project Controlling Documents, auditing URS and contractor
activities for CERCLA, RCRA, NPDES, and Health & Safety applications, performing
management consulting in Total Quality Management and general QA management, field
analytical activities and mobile laboratories, and data management. Develop and implement
in-house QA programs, and manage client liaison. Provide Environmental Chemistry and
QA/QC guidance to project managers and field teams. Provide consultation regarding issues
of environmental transformation, degradation, fate, transport, and effects of environmental
contaminants. Consulting and auditing in support of quality and environmental management
system registrations.
Years: 1989 to 1989 Employer: Biospherics Title: Manager Department: N/A Responsibilities: Business development
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: CompuChem Laboratories, Inc. Title: Project Chemist Department: N/A Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1992 to Present Agency: DOE/Hazwrap Role: QA Officer Description: All aspects of QA/QC for environmental operations
Years: 1992 to Present Agency: DOD/USACE Role: QA Officer Description: All aspects of QA/QC for environmental operations
Years: 1996 to Present Agency: DOD/AFCEE Role: QA Officer Description: All aspects of QA/QC for environmental operations

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: UK Summary: Auditing, Laboratory Management,Data Validation
Years: to Present Country / Region: Venezuala Summary: Laboratory Management, Data Validation
Years: to Present Country / Region: Austrailia Summary: Assist with development of groundwater flow model
Years: to Present Country / Region: UK Summary: Consult regarding analytical methods and QC requirements

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is involved with the following professional affiliations: American Chemical Society (Environmental and Agricultural Chemistry Sections); American Society for Quality (Auditing, Energy and Environment, and QA Management Sections); Environmental Methods Committee, Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC); International; Review Committee; Atomic Spectroscopy Data Format Specifications; Laboratory Automation Standards Foundation; Environmental Remediation Committee; ASQ Energy & Environment Division.He is a Tutor and Community Leader at the Academic Assistance Center. He is an America-on-Line Technical Referee and the AOAC Peer Verified Methods Program. Expert is a member of the Peer Review Committee, USEPA QA/G-8 as well as a peer for the Environmental Data Verification and Validation. He is a Reviewer of the Journal of the AOAC International; Selection of Measurement Intervals for the Quantification of PAHs by Second-derivitive Spectrofluorimetry Considering Error Propagation in the Analytical Result.
Licenses / Certifications
Expert has the following licenses and or certifications: USEPA Data Validation, 1990; Region III Certificate, Hazardous Materials Site Worker (40 Hour), 1991 (Status - Current); OSHA Supervisory Course in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120, 1992; Quality Tools & Problem Solving, American Institute for Professionals Development, 1992; Facilitator Training, Total Quality Management, FMI, 1993; Portable Gas Chromatograph Operation and Maintenance, 1995; Registrations Notary Public, Montgomery County, Maryland; American Society for Quality; ISO 9000 Certified Quality Systems Provisional Auditor No. Q06859; Course work in progress toward ASQ Certified Quality Manager.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 4 publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He was an expert witness in the matter of Rivere vs. NPC Services, Inc., et. al., 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 13, 1996.
Training / Seminars
He gives numerous seminars in data validation, environmental chemistry, and statistics.
Vendor Selection
Vendor selection is an integral part of Expert' job function. He routinely performs vendor selection for various types of subcontractors including those who are developing specifications, managing RFP processes, reviewing submitals, auditing, etc.
Marketing Experience
Expert has and continues to bring new products to market including inovative sampling, analytical and data analysis tools.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Frenck Conversational, not technical
Japanese Conversational, not technical

Fields of Expertise

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