thabetI first learned about the Hinkley Center through an advertisement in the Alligator, University of Florida student’s newspaper, asking for applicants to help with a study that was being conducted by the Hinkley Center.  I worked at the Center while finishing my master’s thesis.  I was first exposed to solid waste research while working on the litter study at the Hinkley Center.  I was so interested in solid waste research that I became a Ph.D. student with Dr. Townsend, at the University of Florida, in that same area.  Throughout my Ph.D. carrier, my research was largely funded by the Hinkley Center.  As a Ph.D. student, I worked on many projects with Dr. Townsend including construction and demolition debris, chromate copper arsenate, and bioreactor landfills.  I observed firsthand how the good research funded by the Hinkley center had national implication.  I graduated with a Ph.D. in 2003.

Currently, I am working at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development.  Often I serve as the USEPA’s expert in the area of solid waste management.  I currently lead the USEPA workgroup on the evaluation of the performance of bioreactor landfills in the United States.  I also have started an evaluation of the application of nanomaterials.  I still work with the Hinkley Center on a few projects that the USEPA has funded the Center to carry-out.  If it was not for the Hinkley Center funding my research at the University of Florida, I would not have been able to be where I am today.


Thabet Tolaymat, Ph.D.
Research Scientist National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
26 West Martin Luther King Drive 
Cincinnati, OH 45268

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