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Oct 29 2010

Dr.Ronald Lavigne – CEO – New England Wastewater Systems

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CV – Dr.Ronald Lavigne – President of New England Wastewater Systems

PATENTS
Lavigne, R.L. 2009. Top Loading Vertical Flow Submerged Bed Wastewater Treatment System.
US Patent 7,510,649, Date of Issue, March 31.

Lavigne, R.L. 1991. Treatment System for Landfill Leachate. US Patent 4,995,969. Date of Issue, February 26.

Lavigne, R.L. 1987. Treatment System for Landfill Leachate. US Patent 4,678,582. Date of Issue, July 7.

Lavigne, R.L. and L.P. Martone. 1983. Effluent Treatment System. US Patent 4,368,120. Date of Issue, January 11.

Lavigne, R.L. and L.P. Martone. 1981. Effluent Treatment Systems. US Patent 4,276,164. Date of Issue, June 30.

EDUCATION
1989 Ph.D., Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1989 M.P.H., Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. MA
1977 M.S., Environmental Engineering, (Minor Concentration Public Health,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1973 M.S., Science Education, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
1971 NSF Summer Institute – Physics, 6 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1968 – 1970 In-Service Institute, Physics – Biology – Biochemistry, 15 hours credit, Holy
Cross College, Worcester, MA
1969 NSF Summer Institute – Biology, 6 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1968 NSF Summer Institute – Biology, 6 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1963 – 1967 M.S. Program – 21 hours credit – Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
1959 – 1963 B.S., Science Education, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
Registered Sanitarian – Massachusetts # 753 (1976-1986)
Teaching Certificate – Massachusetts # 46955
Teaching Certificate – Connecticut # 017-30-6326
Certified Environmental Inspector CEI (Reg. # 8485)
Approved Soil Evaluator (ASE)
Licenced Septic System Inspector (LSSI)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1988 – Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Soil and Water Resource Technology
Conduct basic research utilizing Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment.
Teaching honors and graduate level courses in Groundwater, Solid Waste
Management, Pollution Control Technology, and Constructed Wetland Design.

1983 – 1985 Soil Physics Laboratory (graduate level course)
1977 – 1978 University of Massachusetts, Freshman Engineering Module Introduction to Environmental Engineering
1977 University of Massachusetts, Teaching Assistant
Environmental Engineering Analysis II
(Basic Wastewater Microbiology Course)
1972 – 1973 Mt. Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
Evening Division: Physical Science, General Biology
1967 – 1973 Murdock Jr.- Sr. High School, Winchendon, MA
Science Department Chairman – Environmental Science and Biology Teacher
1963 – 1967 Granby Public Schools, Granby, CT Elementary Science / Math – Grades 5 and 6

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
1980 – Present: New England Waste Systems, Inc. – Environmental Engineer / President

  • New England Waste Systems, Inc. is a company which designs, constructs, plants, supervises start-up and maintains Artificial Wetland Treatment Systems for domestic wastewater, landfill leachate, food processing and Industrial wastewaters, sludges, organic spills, and stormwater runoff.

1988 – Present: Norwich Laboratories, Inc. – Environmental Engineer / Treasurer

  • Norwich Laboratories Inc. is a state certified analytical laboratory, providing technical oversight for asbestos removal projects. In addition to being part owner, I provide financial and technical supervisory services.

1988 – Present: Howard Laboratories / Howard Laboratories of New England, Inc. President / Treasurer

  • Howard Laboratories is an analytical laboratory providing services in the areas of hazardous waste, groundwater and soils testing. As CEO and majority stockholder, I direct most of the firms technical and financial activities.

1974 – Present: Environmental Sanitation and Engineering Associates, Inc. / Environmental Field Services, Inc. – President

  • Environmental Sanitation and Engineering Associates, Inc and Environmental Field Services are family owned corporations providing consulting services in the Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Science area. I serve as a consultant and financial advisor to the firms.

1994 – Present: Town of Middlefield – Agent to the Board of Health

  • As agent for the Middlefield Board of Health, I provide services normally associated with those of a sanitarian. This included enforcement of regulations promulgated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering, and the Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control.

1983 – 1987 Town of Huntington – Board of Health Chairman

  • As Chairman of the Huntington Board of Health, I provided services normally associated with those of a sanitarian. This included enforcement of regulations promulgated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering, and the Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control.

1983 – 1985 Research Associate, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Supervised research related to the treatment of landfill leachate utilizing peat soils and forages. Responsibilities included proposal writing, laboratory analyses and field supervision.

1980 – 1983 Assistant to the Director, Minority Engineering Program, School of Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Duties included proposal writing, recruitment, financial and academic counseling, and general supervision of program finances. Additional responsibilities included organization of an annual two-week Engineering Career Orientation program for Jr. and Sr. High School students. This resident program is offered each summer by the School of Engineering.

1978 – 1980 Martone Trucking, Inc. – Vice President

  • Martone Trucking, Inc. is a privately owned refuse collection and landfill operations firm. My principal responsibilities as Vice President included management of finances, personnel and collection routing schedules.

1978 – 1980 Standard Methods, Inc. – President/Director

  • Standard Methods, Inc. is a state-approved water quality testing laboratory involved in leachate analysis and groundwater monitoring. It also provides public health services to area Boards of Health. My responsibilities as President/Director and part-owner included the management of finances, personnel and marketing. I was also responsible for all professional opinions and analyses rendered.

1978 – 1980 Resource Control, Inc. – President/Director

  • Resource Control, Inc. is a firm involved in marketing the “living filter” treatment system for landfill leachate. It currently operates several municipal landfills in Massachusetts. As President I was personally responsible for drafting, negotiating, and securing contracts, other responsibilities included management of finances, personnel and marketing.

1975 – 1979 Town of Barre – Public Health Officer

  • As agent of the Barre Board of Health, I provided services normally associated with those of a Sanitarian. This included enforcement of regulations promulgated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering, and the Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control.

1974 – 1977 Research Associate, Environmental Engineering Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Coordinated research that resulted in the utilization of a “constructed wetland environment” to treat pollutants from sanitary landfills (leachate). Also chaired a three-day leachate symposium that was attended by more than 100 participants from the eastern United States.

1967 – 1973 Science Department Chairman, Murdock Jr.-Sr. High School

  • Coordinated reorganization of the Science curriculum in grades 7-12. The new curriculum incorporated several courses in outdoor education and recreation, as well as extensive indoor laboratory experiences. I wrote four NDEA grant proposals and all were funded ($100,000 total).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
1986-1988 University of Massachusetts, School of Public Health

  • M.P.H. project to identify mutagenic agents associated with sanitary landfill leachate.

1984-1988 University of Massachusetts, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

  • Ph.D Project – Development of a design model for the treatment of landfill Leachate with a microbially enriched soil and reed Canarygrass.

1978-1980 University of Massachusetts, Environmental Engineering Program and Pinchot

  • Institute Consortium Special project to evaluate the impact of landfill leachate on groundwater quality in New England forests.

1975-1980 University of Massachusetts, Environmental Engineering Program and Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control

  • Special project to catch and treat landfill leachate using clay liners and autotrophic algae lagoons.

1976 University of Massachusetts, Public Health Department

  • Special project to isolate pathogenic organisms in landfill leachates.

1975 University of Massachusetts, Ocean Engineering Program

  • Special project to evaluate problems associated with bio-fouling on heat exchange units exposed to a marine environment.

1973-1975 University of Massachusetts Environmental Engineering Program and Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control

  • Special project to evaluate surface and groundwater pollution from landfill leachates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

PUBLICATIONS
Lavigne, R.L. 1989. A Design Model for the Treatment of Landfill Leachate with a Microbially
Enriched Soil and Reed Canarygrass, Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lavigne, R.L. 1980. Pollution from Sanitary Landfills. In Major Health Problems in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston, MA. p.41.

Lavigne, R.L. 1980. How the Living Filter System Works at Barre Landfill – Leachate Control and Treatment. American City and County.

Lavigne, R.L. 1979. The Treatment of Landfill Leachate Utilizing a Living Filter. Proceedings of the Anti-Mosquito Association 50th Meeting. April 22-25.

Lavigne, R.L. 1979. Water Polluting Leachate from Landfills Caught and Treated in New System. New England Construction. May

Lavigne, R.L. 1979. Martone Lagoons get First Application at Lowell, Massachusetts. New England Construction. May.

Lavigne, R.L. 1979. The Treatment of Landfill Leachate Utilizing a Living Filter. Compost Science/Land Utilization, May-June. Vol 20 – 3.

Lavigne, R.L. 1979. Living Filters Treat Landfill Leachate. Land and Water. Aug/Sept.

Lavigne, R.L. 1977. The Production, Characterization, and Movement of Landfill Leachates in the New England Environment. M.S. Thesis. Environmental Engineering Program. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

PRESENTATIONS
Lavigne, R.L. 2000. Artificial Wetland Treatment Technology and it’s use in The Amazon Rain
Forests of Ecuador. Water Environment Federation, New York, NY

Lavigne, R.L. 2000. Artificial Wetland Treatment Technology and it’s use in The Amazon Rain
Forests of Ecuador. New York State Association of Towns Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Lavigne, R.L.1999. Introduction to Artificial Wetland Treatment Systems (AWTS). Artificial
Wetlands: An Alternative Technology for Wastewater Treatment. SUNY Delphi, Delphi, NY.

Lavigne, R.L.1999. Global AWTS: Case Studies in New York, Massachusetts, and Ecuador.
Artificial Wetlands: An Alternative Technology for Wastewater Treatment. SUNY Delphi, Delphi, NY.

Lavigne, R.L. 1998. A Design Model for the Treatment of Landfill Leachate Using a Submerged
Bed System and Reed Canary Grass. Society of Wetland Scientists 19th Annual Meeting,
Anchorage, Alaska.

Lavigne, R.L. 1997. A Design Model for the Treatment of Landfill Leachate Using a Submerged
Bed System and Reed Canary Grass. 1st International Symposium Wetlands for Treatment of
Landfill Leachates. Romulus (Detroit), MI.

Lavigne, R.L. 1980. Leachate Control and Landfill Management. 10th Annual Composting Waste Recycling Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Lavigne, R.L. 1978. The Treatment of Landfill Leachate Utilizing a Living Filter. 106th
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. October 15-19.

Lavigne, R.L. 1977. Leachate Production in the New England Environment. Sanitary Landfill

Leachate Collection and Treatment Symposium. Environmental Engineering Program.
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. December 8-9.

HONORS
Sigma Xi Research Award Recipient (1983)
Outstanding Teacher of the Year Nominee, Massachusetts Teachers Association (1970)
Physics Award – Westfield State College (1963)
25 Year Service Award – Boy Scouts of America
Leadership Award – Boy Scouts of America

EDUCATION
1989 Ph.D., Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1989 M.P.H., Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. MA
1977 M.S., Environmental Engineering, (Minor Concentration Public Health), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1973 M.S., Science Education, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
1971 NSF Summer Institute – Physics, 6 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1968 – 1970 In-Service Institute, Physics – Biology – Biochemistry, 15 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1969 NSF Summer Institute – Biology, 6 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1968 NSF Summer Institute – Biology, 6 hours credit, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
1963 – 1967 M.S. Program – 21 hours credit – Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
1959 – 1963 B.S., Science Education, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA

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