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September 1st, 2015
Volume 1: Issue 1

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

1:00 PM, Commission Hearing Room, MDEQ 
515 E. Amite St., Jackson, MS

"PM2.5 emissions and PM10 emissions shall include gaseous emissions from a source or activity which condense to form particulate matter at ambient temperatures..."  What does this mean for you?  Join us for this webinar and questions afterwards...

Good for what 'ales' you

Friday, September 25th, 6:00 PM 
located at
1710 N. Mill St.
Jackson, MS 39202

Tour costs $10 and includes food provided by the chapter and a signature glass for sampling six 6-oz. beers brewed in downtown Jackson!  RSVP at before September 23rd.

Meet the NEW
Young Professional Chair: 




Where do you work? What is your position? How long have you been in this position? I work at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi as Environmental Engineer. Ingalls Shipbuilding builds advanced, highly capable warships for the United States Navy and Coast Guard. My position includes compliance and permitting of Title V and Industrial NPDES permits for facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana, educating a workforce of 11,000 on environmental issues, and providing support to the Environmental Panel of the National Shipbuilding Research Program. I have been in my current role since 2012. Prior to joining Ingalls Shipbuilding, I worked for a consultant on a Gulf of Mexico oil spill response project, which brought me to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where I met my wife.

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?  What did you study? I grew up near Saint Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla) where I majored in Environmental Engineering. The rigorous program provided me with classroom and experiential learning on a broad range of environmental engineering topics that have been vital to my success as a professional.

How did you get into the environmental field? I earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, and one of the requirements to earn the rank is the Environmental Science merit badge. I became interested while completing the merit badge and decided to explore a career in the environmental field by interning with a consultant. I have been in the field ever since.

What is rewarding about your job?  My job is rewarding because I protect people and the environment from air and water pollution.  The work is dynamic, challenging and requires me to learn new things every day.

Any special hobbies or interests? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  
I enjoy home brewing beer. I have an "advanced" system that includes PLC process automation controls that I tweak to improve the brewing process (and beer taste).  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and young daughter.

What is the toughest job you've had? Why?
 I had to collect samples under court order from reluctant participants of a litigation over poultry waste.  The project involved collecting samples from rural waste application sites in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  It was stinky, it was hot, and I had to wear Tykek for long hours, and an upset farmer shot his gun off overhead as I took samples.  Through that "tough" job, I saw firsthand how a pollutant in poultry waste was transported through a watershed and caused eutrophication of a downstream lake.

How did you get involved with A&WMA?  When I joined Ingalls Shipbuilding, I was told on the first day, "We are A&WMA members here, fill out this application and you will be too."  I was happy to join.  A&WMA is the premier environmental professional organization that provides both opportunities for professional development and an opportunity for academia, industry, consultants, citizens and regulators to come together in a neutral forum to exchange ideas and information.

What goals and plans do you have for the Young Professionals of the Mississippi Chapter of A&WMA?  I will be the recruitment ambassador to A&WMA for young professionals (YPs), that may not be members yet.  I hope to help them see the value of membership in the organization, and twist their arm into joining.  I will advocate for programming relevant to YPs, and make sure they have the opportunity to network with the diverse membership of A&WMA.  Ingalls Shipbuilding has agreed to host a plant tour for A&WMA members this fall that I hope will be a catalyst for attracting new young professional members. 

Coming soon!  Tuesday, October 27th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Ingalls Shipbuilding has invited the Chapter to tour it's facilities in Pascagoula, MS!  It is free and lunch will be provided.  All attendees must be a U.S. citizen and have photo I.D.  The deadline to RSVP to this event is October 13th by emailing awma.mississippi@gmail.  

The 2016 Air & Waste Management Association Board of Directors is currently having elections!  Keep an eye out for the ballot via email.  For more information, follow the link.


It's Mississippi's turn to host the Southern Section Annual Meeting & Technical Conference...
We look forward to seeing you September 20th - 23rd, 2016, at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS!

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 scholarship recipients, Benneta Robinson of Jackson State University and Edith Martinez from Mississippi State University!  Robinson is a doctoral candidate in Urban and Regional Planning, and Martinez is working on her doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  We wish you the best of luck and hope the scholarships aid in achieving your aspirations!

Inquire within...

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In an effort to better serve our membership, the Mississippi Chapter is asking for questions about current and upcoming regulatory issues. Questions may be submitted anonymously.

Calling all volunteers...

Would you like to speak at a future event? Or write for a future newsletter?  

Maybe you're just interested in listening to another Mississippi environmental professional discuss a new regulation on the horizon?  Or you've already written an article detailing common issues on the topic?  Either way, we are calling on friends and members of our chapter to submit their work or requests for future articles, brown bag presentations, meet-and-greets, etc. Follow the button below for more details.  We want to hear from you!
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