University: University of Miami
Professor: Helena Solo-Gabriele

During 1997-1999 while I was completing my Master of Science degree at University of Miami I worked on two projects commissioned by the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management: “Disposal Forecast for CCA-Treated Wood Products” and “Solvent Extraction for CCA-Treated Wood Ash”.

As part of Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele’s research team I tested several chemicals including distilled water, magnesium chloride, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxylamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, citric acid, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, etc., to identify the best solvent to extract metals from CCA-treated wood ash. The results of this comprehensive analysis were the main focus of my MS thesis.
In July 1999, I joined CH2M HILL in Gainesville, FL and during the first year I worked on the design of several water and wastewater treatment plants. From November 2000 until September 2001 I temporarily moved to the Corvallis office of CH2M HILL to help with the design of Changi Water Reclamation Facility for the Republic of Singapore, a truly unique 650 MGD plant.
Starting with November 2001 I switched to the Project Field Engineer position and spent few months on sites at Bonita Springs WTP and WWTP and almost a year at F. Wayne Hill WRF, Gwinnett County, GA, a state-of-the-art 60 MGD plant.

In January 2003 I relocated to Coral Springs, FL and I was involved on the design, hydraulic modeling, field engineering and project management of few local water and wastewater treatment plants. Main projects included membrane bioreactor, RO membranes, ion exchange systems, solids handling, clarifiers, raw water and deep injections wells, etc.

What I’m Doing Now

On August 1st, 2005 I started a new journey by joining CDM in Fort Lauderdale, FL and I’m looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges.

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