(Fairfax, VA – June 6, 2011) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Rice has joined the firm as Consultant I. A 2011 graduate of Columbia University with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, she first joined GBB as a 2010 summer intern/research assistant where she gained experience in researching recycling and collection programs and Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technologies. As part of her senior design project at Columbia University, Ms. Rice was part of a team that performed a detailed WTE facility analysis and feasibility study in Brooklyn, NY. Her coursework included: Hydrosystems Engineering; Alternative Energy Resources; Energy, Mineral, and Material Systems; Modeling of Climate Dynamics; GIS for Resource, Environmental, and Infrastructure Management; Environmental Control and Pollution Reduction Systems; and Economics.
"We got to know Elizabeth during her 2010 internship, and she is definitely passionate about the environment and has a bright professional future," said Harvey W. Gershman, GBB President, "Her work ethic, passion, and ability to integrate herself with the GBB team were driving factors in offering her a permanent position with the firm."
“I’ve learned a lot under the guidance of Professors Nickolas Themelis and Marco Castaldi at the Columbia University Department of Environmental Engineering, and I look forward to use that as a building block in advancing my professional career with GBB” said Elizabeth Rice, GBB Consultant I.
In her last year at Columbia University, Ms. Rice worked on a WTE Site Analysis research group of seven undergraduate and graduate students under the guidance of Professors Themelis and Castaldi to perform a detailed site analysis and feasibility study of a potential WTE facility in Brooklyn, NY. As part of the team, she performed waste stream composition and potential heating value analysis, as well as investigation into waste transportation and diversion options through the use of GIS. She also researched facility permitting requirements.
While an Intern/Research Assistant at GBB, she assisted in the revision and preparation of waste collection and hauling services procurement documents for the City of Fort Wayne, IN. For the City of Huntsville, AL, she assisted in the review and analysis of recycling collection services and collection truck routing. She also updated and prepared for publication two case studies of drywall recycling facilities through communication with facility managers.
During her GBB internship, Ms. Rice was tasked with obtaining information to build databases regarding U.S. residential refuse and recycling collection services, as well as locations of construction and demolition recycling facilities. She also tracked and provided periodic reports regarding changes in EPA greenhouse gas monitoring regulations, legislation, industry response, definition of MACT, and Department of Energy public/private partnership funding opportunities for client technologies.
Ms. Rice’s honors and memberships include a New York State Association of Solid Waste Management scholarship (2007-2009); Emerging Scholars Program (2009): Women in Computer Science Outreach Program; member of the Society of Women Engineers – Columbia Chapter (2007-2010); Student member on Maine Adventures in Creativity board of directors (2004-2007): and Columbia Varsity Show Design Team (2008-2010).
GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm founded in 1980 that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit www.gbbinc.com or call 703-573-5800.