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Overview of Waste Management Research and Capabilities at California Polytechnic State University. Jim Hanson, Ph.D., PE Nazli Yesiller, Ph.D. CIWMB Permitting & ComplianceCommittee Meeting September 8, 2008. California Polytechnic State University.

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overview of waste management research and capabilities at california polytechnic state university

Overview of Waste Management Research and Capabilities at California Polytechnic State University

Jim Hanson, Ph.D., PE

Nazli Yesiller, Ph.D.

CIWMB

Permitting & ComplianceCommittee Meeting

September 8, 2008

california polytechnic state university
California Polytechnic State University
  • #1 Primarily Undergraduate Public University in the West Every Year since 1992.
  • #1 Engineering Program in the Nation for Undergraduate Public Universities

Statistics from U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for 2009

california polytechnic state university3
California Polytechnic State University
  • Primarily Undergraduate University
  • 20,000 Students
  • $22 Million in Research Support in 2007
  • College of Engineering: 5,000 Students
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: 900 Students
research capabilities and infrastructure
Research Capabilities and Infrastructure
  • Strong Record of Practical and Applied Research Projects
  • College of Engineering Has more than 80 Laboratories with over 160,000 ft2 of Space
  • Funding obtained from Federal, State, Municipal, and Private Entities
  • Well Established Research Partnerships with Industry
  • Testing Capabilities from Nano- to Meso-Scale for Material Properties to System Response
slide11

Global Waste

Research Institute

Transforming Waste

into Opportunities

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo

Institute will advance sustainable management, recycling, and beneficial utilization of residual wastes and byproducts

In formation as a collaboration between academia and industry

Multidisciplinary: 5 contributing colleges at Cal Poly

Research, education, policy making

National and international cooperation with universities, industry, government

slide12

GWRI Mission Statement

Advance state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in development of sustainable technologies and policies for management of existing, new, and emerging wastes and byproducts through complementary research, development, and education.

Operates at the forefront of engineering and science to develop products, processes, practices, and policies both by conducting innovative research and by educating stakeholders.

slide13

Thematic Research Areas

  • generation, recovery, recycling, and disposal of existing, new, and emerging wastes and byproducts
  • specialized waste streams: e-wastes, scrap tires, agricultural, military, and high moisture content
  • wastes and byproducts associated with emerging industries: biotechnology, nanotechnology, and alternative energy
  • manufacturing and processing strategies to minimize waste production and emissions
  • life-cycle assessments of products with regard to environmental impact and resource utilization
  • energy recovery and conversion technologies and waste containment systems
slide14

Thematic Education Areas

  • multidisciplinary M.S. degree
  • course programs and teaching modules
  • project based learning for students with industry partnerships
  • workshops, seminars, training courses at various levels of technical competency for practitioners, regulators, and policy makers
  • outreach materials for the general public
  • reports, manuscripts, theses, guidelines, standards, databases, and web materials for technology transfer
  • teaching aids for K-12 educators and university professors
slide15

Study on Other States Regulatory Oversight of Waste and Material Handling Activities Relative to Recycling Centers, Transfer Stations, and Green Material Contamination Project Team

Dr. Jim Hanson

Dr. Nazli Yesiller

Dr. Sam Vigil

flowchart for project

Internet search of state

agencies

Flowchart for Project

Focused Approach

Data from a Host of Agencies and Organizations

Data across Economic and Geographic Spectra

Establish list of

Identify industry counterparts

participating states and

for state agencies

organizations

Identify personal contact for

Identify personal contact

each industrial organization

for each agency

Preliminary contact (phone)

Additional

-

Distribute and collect survey (web-based)

contacts

Follow

-

up (phone)

Compile data from

surveys and direct

contacts

Identify problems and

Establish California

successes

state-of-the-practice:

phone, site visits

Analyze, rank, and establish

comparison matrix

Identify p

roblems and

successes

Establish best management

Establish best management

practices (BMPs) from other

practices (BMPs) for

state agencies an

d locations

California

Compare and analyze

Provide recommended BMPs

jim hanson
Jim Hanson
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
  • Previously Associate Professor at Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (CA, WI)
  • Chair of International Workshops on Soft Ground Technology, Geotechnical Research and Education, and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Thermal Aspects of Landfills, Characterization of Geomaterials (including MSW), Sustainable Infrastructure
nazli yesiller
Nazli Yesiller
  • Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Interim Director, Upcoming Global Waste Research Institute
  • Previously Associate Professor at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • Member and Co-Author of Report, National Research Council Committee on Assessment of Long-Term Barrier Performance
  • Chair, ASTM D18.04 (Hydrologic Properties and Hydraulic Barriers) and Chair, Task Force D18.14 (Waste Tires)
  • Research Interests: Performance of Landfills and Barrier Systems, Nondestructive Testing, Image Analysis, Re-use of Industrial Byproducts
sam vigil
Sam Vigil
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
  • Registered Professional Engineer (CA) and Registered LEED AP
  • Research Interests: Solid Waste Management, Compost Applications, Sustainable Design

Integrated Solid Waste ManagementMcGraw-Hill, 1993Leading Textbook co-authored with G.Tchobanoglous, and H. Theisen

summary
Summary
  • Research team at Cal Poly, including the Principal Investigators and selected students, is well qualified to complete the project
  • Research team brings depth and breadth of waste management experience to the project
  • Applicable guidelines will be provided to CIWMB for their regulatory oversight including decision trees and a comparative matrix