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1/27/2016 12:54:35 AM
  Guest Speaker Shalene Thomas to speak at February 17th Monthly Luncheon
By mobile@same.org

Shalene Thomas is the Emerging Contaminants Program Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler. She has more than 17 years of experience in environmental consulting and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She has supported clients for more than 7 years with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) evaluations including leading the development of an information clearinghouse on the emerging contaminant class. She currently serves as the Technical Lead for a perfluorchemical (PFC) research and site investigations conducted at nearly forty former Air Force bases that used Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF).  To date, she has supported PFAS projects in 20 different states in 9 of the 10 USEPA regions.

Title: Overview of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; Managing Risks Associated with the Emerging Contaminant Class


Per- and polyfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) were used in a wide range of industrial applications from water proofing and protective coatings for textiles, preservatives, food packaging, hydraulic oils, cosmetics, floor wax, polish, paint, and lacquer as well as fire-fighting foams (aqueous film-forming foam [AFFF]).  They can be found ubiquitously in the environment, from soil and sediment to groundwater and air worldwide, as well as in nearly 98% of the general human population. The threat to public health and the environment is of increasing concern and the toxicology and regulatory framework is unfolding.


The presentation will discuss this emerging contaminant class, review the developing nomenclature and how the more commonly known PFCs fit into the class, discuss the progress and challenges in the disciplines of analytical chemistry, fate and transport, remediation, regulatory policy, and toxicology over recent history and looking forward. It will look at what is unique about this contaminant class, how the disciplines interact, and  provide a framework for cost-effective solutions for the evaluation of liability and management and mitigation of risks to human health and the environment.


10/21/2015 2:14:57 PM
  Guest Speaker Bob Larkin at the January 20th Post Luncheon
By sameadmin

Our guest speaker will be Bob Larkin of Academy Leadership, who will lead an interactive session on the development of Leadership Philosophies.


During a 28 (+) year career at Procter & Gamble, Bob was a well respected technical process engineer, line manager, and organizational effectiveness manager. He co-led the development and deployment of new work systems for all P&G plants around the world, based on the concepts of High Performance Organizations (HPO) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). Bob owned the leadership pillar for that effort: he led the development of the training materials and traveled extensively around the world instructing plant leadership teams in the concepts. Bob spent the last 4 years of his career as the HR director for the $16+ billion global laundry business where he led the efforts to optimize the contributions of 15,000 people in that business.

He is a well respected executive coach and has been recognized for his leadership, collaboration, leveraging of functional mastery, growing organizational capability and for being in-touch with employees and customers.

He presently teaches leadership with Academy Leadership and in the graduate school at the University of West Florida. Bob holds a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S. in Organization Development from the University of Southern California. He has been very active with a variety of non-profit organizations. He now lives in West Florida with his wife of 35 years and the three youngest of their five children.

10/21/2015 1:44:54 PM
  Mobile Post’s Rick Beirne inducted into the SAME Academy of Fellows
By sameadmin

Since 1972, SAME has bestowed the designation of Fellow on SAME members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to SAME and to military engineering.  Mobile Post member and Elected Director Rick Beirne, PE was inducted into the SAME Academy of Fellows on March 12, 2015.  Congratulations Rick! 



10/21/2015 1:44:54 PM
  Mobile Post’s Joe Ruffer celebrates 50 Years in SAME
By sameadmin

Joe W. Ruffer, PE, Mobile County Engineer and Public Works Director, is celebrating 50 years of membership in SAME. Joe is a graduate of Auburn University, completing his B.S. Civil Engineering in 1964 and M.S. Civil Engineering in 1965. His first professional assignment was as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1966-1968, where he served first as the Assistant Post Engineer at Camp Pickett, Virginia, then as 1st Lt. in Vietnam as the Engineering Officer in charge of Logistic Support. He received the U.S. Army Bronze Star Commendation Medal and Reserve Component Achievement Medal.  Mr. Ruffer joined Palmer & Baker Engineers in 1969, where he designed and supervised construction of the I-10 Mobile River Tunnel. He joined Harbert International 1971-74 as the Construction Engineering Manager in charge of Utility Construction in the State of Louisiana.  In 1974, he joined Mobile County Public Works, where he serves today as the County Engineer and Public Works Director.  Joe is a Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama and a member of the Chi Epsilon national civil engineering honor society. He lives in Wilmer, Alabama, and has a son, Jay, who lives in Montgomery, and a daughter, Lea, who lives in Semmes. Joe is an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing and all manner of bird hunting.  Our thanks go out to Joe for his 50 years of service to SAME and our congratulations for his lifetime of accomplishments!

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