Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
Rhodes R. Trussell (NAE), Chair, is the founder of Trussell Technologies, Inc. Previously he was the lead drinking water technologist at Montgomery Watson Harza, Inc. He is recognized worldwide as an authority in methods and criteria for water quality and the development of advanced processes for treating water or wastewater to achieve the highest standards. He has worked on the process design for dozens of treatment plants, ranging from less than 1 to more than 900 MGD in capacity and has experience with virtually every physiochemical process and most biological processes as well. He has a special interest in emerging water quality problems and reuse. Dr. Trussell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served for more than 10 years on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Science Advisory Board. He also served as chair of the Water Science and Technology Board and has been a member of numerous National Research Council (NRC) committees, including the Committee on the Evaluation of the Viability of Augmenting Potable Water Supplies with Reclaimed Water and the Committee on Indicators for Waterborne Pathogens. Dr. Trussell has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Henry A. Anderson is chief medical officer and state epidemiologist for occupational and environmental health in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and adjunct professor of population health at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Dr. Anderson’s expertise includes public health; preventive, environmental, and occupational medicine; respiratory diseases; epidemiology; human health risk assessment; and risk communication. His research interests include disease surveillance, risk assessment, health hazards of Great Lakes sport-fish consumption, arsenic in drinking water, asbestos disease, and occupational fatalities and injuries. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine with a subspecialty in occupational and environmental medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Anderson is chair of the Board of Scientific Councilors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and serves on the EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. He has served on several NRC committees, including the Division on Earth and Life Studies Committee, the Committee on Toxicity Testing and Assessment of Environmental Agents, and the Committee on Enhancing Environmental Health Content in Nursing Practice. Dr. Anderson received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Edmund G. Archuleta is the manager of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board, a role he has served in for nearly 20 years. He is responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, reclaimed water service, and stormwater to the greater El Paso metropolitan area. Mr. Archuleta is a past chairman of the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, and current Trustee of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. He serves as chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition and, in 2006, was appointed by
President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He is a registered professional engineer. Mr. Archuleta earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master’s of Management degree from the University of New Mexico.
James Crook is an independent consultant on water and environmental issues. He is an environmental engineer with 40 years of experience in state government and consulting engineering arenas, serving public and private sectors in the United States and abroad. He has authored more than 100 publications and is an internationally recognized expert in water reclamation and reuse. Previously, he spent 15 years directing the California Department of Health Services’ water reuse program and developed California’s first comprehensive water reuse criteria. He was the principal author of the Guidelines for Water Reuse, published by the EPA and the U.S. Agency for International Development. His honors include selection as the American Academy of Environmental Engineers’ 2002 Kappe Lecturer. He served as chair of the Committee on the Evaluation of the Viability of Augmenting Potable Water Supplies with Reclaimed Water. Dr. Crook received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Jörg E. Drewes is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Research for the NSF Engineering Research Center “Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).” He also serves as associate director of the Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC) at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Drewes also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Visiting Professor appointment at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Drewes has been actively involved in research in the area of water treatment and non-potable and potable water reuse for more than nineteen years. Dr. Drewes’ research interests include water treatment and potable reuse, design and operation of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) system, monitoring strategies for bulk organic carbon and emerging trace organic chemicals in natural and engineered systems, performance modeling and optimized operation of energy-efficient membranes, and beneficial reuse of produced water during natural gas exploration. Dr. Drewes received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
Denise D. Fort is a member of the faculty at the University of New Mexico’s School of Law. She has 25 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. She served as chair of the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission, a presidential commission that prepared a report on western water policy concerns. In earlier positions, she served as director of New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Division, as a staff representative to the National Governors Association, as an environmental attorney, and in other capacities concerned with environmental and natural resource matters. She has served on the Water Science and Technology Board and numerous NRC committees, including the Committee on Sustainable Underground Storage of Recoverable Water. She received her B.A. from St. John’s College and her J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s School of Law.
Charles N. Haas is the Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. His areas of research involve microbial and chemical risk assessment, industrial wastewater treatment, waste recovery, and modeling wastewater disinfection and chemical fate and transport. He was one of the first scientists to examine dose-response datasets for microbial agents spread through environmental means and to implement a quantitative risk framework. Dr. Haas is also the codirector of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, funded by the Department of Homeland Security and EPA. Dr. Haas has been a member of several NRC committees, including a committee to define “how clean is safe” following cleanup from a bioterrorist event and the Committee on the Evaluation of the Viability of Augmenting Potable Water Supplies with Reclaimed Water. He is also a member of the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Haas received his B.S. in biology and M.S. in environmental engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and
his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois.
Brent M. Haddad is the founder and director of the Center for Integrated Water Research and a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on freshwater policy and management, including urban water management strategies, utility-stakeholder communications (including risk communication and public perception), and long-range planning, and he has published research analyzing public responses to water reuse projects. Dr. Haddad serves as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the WateReuse Foundation, on the Editorial Board of Environmental Management, and as a consultant for numerous public- and private-sector clients. He received a B.A from Stanford University, an M.A in international relations from Georgetown University, an M.B.A in business and public policy, and a Ph.D. in energy and resources from University of California, Berkeley.
Duane B. Huggett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Texas. Previously, Dr. Huggett worked as a research scientist with Pfizer Global Research and Development. Dr. Hugget’s research interests include environmental toxicology, bioconcentration and bioaccumulation of contaminants, and ecopharmacology and physiology. Recent research has focused on the bioconcentration and toxicology of select pharmaceuticals in fish. Dr. Huggett received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and Pharmacology and Toxicology, respectively, from the University of Mississippi.
Sunny Jiang is associate professor at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on water quality microbiology, microbial ecology, and epidemiology of exposure to recreational waters, and she specializes in the application of biotechnology tools for assessment and detection of microbial pathogens in the aquatic environment. She has served on the American Water Works Association Research Foundation Project Advisory Committee and the World Health Organization Desalination Guideline Development Committee. Dr. Jiang received her B.S. in biochemistry from Nankai University in China, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in marine science at the University of South Florida.
David L. Sedlak is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he is also the co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). His areas of research interest include analytical methods for measuring organic compounds in water, fate of chemical contaminants in water recycling systems,environmental photochemistry, and ecological engineering. He has received several notable awards including the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 2003, Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Water Quality Engineering in 2003 and the NSF CAREER Award in 1997. Dr. Sedlak received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. degree in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Shane A. Snyder is a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. He is also the codirector of the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants. Dr. Snyder’s research focuses on the identification, fate, and health relevance of emerging water pollutants. Prior to this appointment, he was Research and Development Project Manager at the Southern Nevada Water Authority in Las Vegas. Dr. Snyder has served on EPA advisory committees on the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and the Third Contaminant Candidate List. He has also served on two California Chemicals of Emerging Concern Expert Panels. Dr. Snyder is a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore where he leads research on water reuse technologies and implications for public health. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Thiel College in Pennsylvania and a dual Ph.D. in environmental toxicology and zoology from Michigan State University.
Margaret H. Whittaker is the chief toxicologist and president of ToxServices, where she serves as the project manager and technical lead of ToxServices projects. In
addition to her extensive program management experience, Dr. Whittaker has extensive technical experience in hazard identification and noncancer and cancer dose-response assessment, including quantitative risk assessment (e.g., benchmark dose modeling for both carcinogens and noncarcinogens). She has worked at two of the country’s leading toxicology and risk assessment consulting firms (the ENVIRON Corporation and the Weinberg Group). Dr. Whittaker has over a decade of experience evaluating health hazards and quantitating human health risks for low-level contaminants in drinking water, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and food additives. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.). Dr. Whittaker earned a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an M.P.H. in environmental health from the University of Michigan.
Dale Whittington is professor of environmental sciences and engineering, city and regional planning, and public policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 1986, he has worked for the World Bank and other international agencies on the development and application of techniques for estimating the economic value of environmental resources in developing countries, with a particular focus on water and sanitation and vaccine policy issues. Dr. Whittington has published extensively on cost-benefit analysis, environmental economics, and water resources planning and policy in developing countries. His current research interests include the development of planning approaches and methods for the design of improved water and sanitation systems for the rapidly growing cities of Asia. Dr. Whittington received his A.B. at Brown University, his M.P.A. at the University of Texas, his M.Sc. at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his Ph.D. at the University of Texas.
Stephanie E. Johnson, study director, is a senior program officer with the Water Science and Technology Board. Since joining the NRC in 2002, she has served as study director for twelve studies on topics such as desalination, water security, Chesapeake Bay nutrient management, and Everglades restoration progress. She has also worked on NRC studies on contaminant source remediation, the disposal of coal combustion wastes, and coalbed methane production. Dr. Johnson received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in chemistry and geology and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.
Sarah E. Brennan is a senior program assistant with the Water Science and Technology Board. Since joining the NRC in 2010, she has worked on five projects including Everglades restoration progress, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ water resources, and water and environmental management in the California Bay Delta. Before joining WSTB, Ms. Brennan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. She received her B.S. in International Development from Susquehanna University.