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Dr. Andrew J. Whelton
Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Alabama
Dr. Andrew J. Whelton is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Alabama. He has 13 years of experience in the infrastructure and environmental industries. Andrew has conducted basic and applied research in these industries as well as evaluated and helped design physiochemical water treatment processes, water distribution systems, and studied contaminant fate in infrastructure and the environment. His previous employment included the National Research Council at the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (now US Army Public Health Command), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Virginia Tech, and several engineering consulting firms.
Andrew has extensive experience applying risk management principles to drinking water facilities across the USA and in Europe. He has provided guidance to Army garrison and deployed units regarding infrastructure decontamination measures following accidental and deliberate contamination incidents. While working for the US Army, he was also Team Leader for multiple garrison drinking water system vulnerability assessments to define risks posed by man-made and natural disasters to facility assets and their operations. Andrew also developed the US Army Medical Service Corps Technical Guide 297 water system emergency response planning (ERP) protocol. With a science and engineering team, he carried-out drinking water system contamination response tabletop exercises for several water utilities.
Dr. Whelton has been called upon as an expert on water infrastructure aging and contamination issues. He has served on USEPA, Centers for Disease Control, and National Sanitation Foundation International working groups. He has also served and continues to serve on several National expert committees to include the National AWWA Emergency Preparedness and Security Committee and Nuclear Energy Standards Coordinating Council Polymer Pipe Task Group. Through those capacities he has assisted military and public water systems with planning for natural and man-made disasters and understanding how water infrastructure materials age and can fail. Additional activities included chairing an international pipeline repair and replacement technology workshop for water utilities and engineering consulting firms that design, repair, and replace pipelines. Andrew’s work has been presented to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and Virginia Department of Transportation among other organizations.
Dr. Whelton’s current research projects focus on pipeline infrastructure deterioration and studies to examine contaminant fate in the environment. Specifically, his research includes studies to develop a more biocompatible dispersant for crude oil spill response, identify water and energy infrastructure pipeline degradation and failure mechanisms, and obtain data necessary to predict contaminant fate and transport in the environment. Andrew earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering, M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
President of Corona Environmental Consulting
Jeffrey S. Rosen is the President of Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC. He is a Senior Scientist and Statistician with over thirty years of experience in conducting environmental research. He has advanced degrees in Oceanography (MS) and in Statistics (MS). His career has focused on processing data into useful information to support effective environmental management. He is experienced in the design, implementation and maintenance of large environmental information systems. He has been the senior systems analyst on a number of regional and national environmental systems for marine research water monitoring programs. Mr. Rosen has expertise in the design of complex environmental monitoring programs for complete ecological systems including both biological and chemical processes. He has led large teams in the implementation of monitoring programs and in the analysis and interpretation of environmental data. He has led teams in the development of information systems and the analysis and interpretation of the resulting data for the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the American Water Works Association and the Water Research Foundation. Mr. Rosen has used these skills in supporting legal teams in complex environmental litigation. He has experience in both marine and freshwater systems.
Mr. Rosen has been supporting the drinking water community for over 25 years. He has worked on a wide range of topics including regulation development, on-line monitoring, homeland security and information system development. He has led multi-disciplinary teams in the design, implementation and application of information systems to capture, quality control and analyze both historical and new data related to water quality in complex water collection and distribution systems. He has designed and performed complex statistical analyses of these data to identify and rectify water quality issues for both chemical and biological contaminants.
Mr. Rosen has supported a number of projects that have involved the processing and analysis of historic data. These projects have required the mining of existing data from both electronic and paper sources. Mr. Rosen led a team that studied ten years of total coliform data from states, utilities, laboratories and federal sources. A detailed requirements analysis focused on the specific questions that needed to be addressed so that the data could be captured and integrated into a common data base to meet those requirements. All captured data were quality assured and then detailed analyses were performed. All analyses were directed at supporting the revisions to the EPA’s Total Coliform Rule. Mr. Rosen also led a team that studied data related to chemical contamination of a large water system. For this project roughly 100,000 paper records were scanned and loaded into a database for in depth analysis that included geospatial mapping and analysis of patterns both spatially and temporally.
Dr. Jennifer Clancy
Chief Scientist, Corona Environmental Consulting
Dr. Jennifer Clancy is a senior microbiologist and environmental litigation expert, serving CEC as Chief Scientist. She has over 30 years of experience in microbiology, water treatment, and water utility operations. For 20 years she led a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers renowned for their capabilities of testing and validating the efficacy of water treatment technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in monitoring, testing and inactivation of pathogens in drinking water. She developed USEPA Methods 1622 and 1623 and they remain international standards for testing for Giardia and Cryptosporidium in water. Dr. Clancy led the team that in 1997 discovered the efficacy of ultraviolet light (UV) for Cryptosporidium inactivation, and has been a leader in the continued effort to study and promote the use of UV for drinking water disinfection worldwide. In June 2012 Dr. Clancy was the first recipient of the Water Research Foundation’s award for Research Innovation for her work on UV. Dr. Clancy holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology (McGill University), M.S. in Microbiology and Biochemistry (U. of Vermont), B.S. in Microbiology (Cornell U.), and M.S. in Environmental Law (Vermont Law School).
Dr. Clancy’s current focus is providing expert witness and litigation support on water quality and environmental issues to attorneys, state and federal agencies, municipalities, and private companies. Her blend of hands-on science, utility operations, and legal training gives her unique insight in understanding client’s needs in cases involving environmental regulations and policy. She has been involved in numerous waterborne disease outbreak investigations involving E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia in the US and Canada and provided expert legal advice from the initial investigation to trial. As an expert in premise plumbing and the microbiology of the built environment, she has been involved in litigation support in waterborne disease outbreaks involving Legionnaires’ disease and Naegleria fowleri.