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Battelle Strengthens Environmental Leadership in Global Sediment Management by Hiring of Eric Stern

Posted on Dec 9, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH., 9 December, 2011—Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, furthered its environmental leadership by hiring Eric Stern as Research Leader of its Sediment Management practice.

Stern will work in the Environmental Solutions Product Line, leading the development and implementation of Battelle’s sediment management growth strategy, with a focus on sustainable innovative cross-business line program applications.  

Prior to joining Battelle’s Energy, Environment and Material Sciences Global Business, Stern spent 24 years in the United States government, both with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Stern was an Environmental Scientist/Oceanographer with EPA, Region 2 New York, Division of Environmental Protection and Planning – Dredging, Sediments and Ocean’s Team.  His specialization is in contaminated sediments and dredged material assessment/management, integrated sediment decontamination innovative technology development, beneficial use of sediments, and Regional (urban) Sediment Management.

“Eric’s experience expands Battelle’s global sediment expertise in important ways,” said Mark Curran, Manager of EEMS Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Section. “Our ability to offer our public and commercial clients innovative approaches to complex environmental/sediment management challenges by providing an understanding of integrated sediment management approaches has been enhanced greatly.”

From 1986-1990, Stern was an Oceanographer with USACE New York District Operations Division. He was the project manager for ocean monitoring, environmental assessment and management of the NY/NJ Dredged Material Ocean Disposal Site located in the coastal New York Bight (Atlantic Ocean). His oversight and fieldwork activities included geophysical, biological, and chemical survey work and assessment, as well as design and implementation of technical studies related to the designation of a new ocean dredged material disposal site in the NY Bight. While at the USACE, Stern was involved in dredged material evaluations and all aspects of contaminated sediment environmental management for the Port of NY/NJ as well as other USACE Districts and laboratories.

From 1993, he has served as the Regional Contaminated Sediment Program Manager for EPA Region 2, where he directed the NY/NJ Harbor Sediment Decontamination Program. The program was charged to demonstrate the environmental and economic feasibility of decontaminating dredged materials / contaminated sediments from the Port of NY/NJ with beneficial use end products on a commercial-scale level of at least 285,000 cubic meters per year. The program seeded technical transfer to other ports/regions globally with contaminated sediment challenges. Stern continues to be a keynote and invited speaker on a global venue in the subject area of sediment treatment/sustainability and integrated sediment management.    

Stern has a faculty appointment at Montclair State University, Montclair, N J. as a Research Associate Professor in the Graduate Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, and the Doctoral Program in Environmental Management.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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