Willard J. Smith, P.E., BCEE, QEP
Environmental Engineering Consultant
Will J Smith is an environmental professional with over 40 years of experience primarily in the fields of air quality monitoring and air pollution control. Mr. Smith is currently owner and principal engineer of a consulting firm, W.J.S. Contracting Services, LLC (www.wjscontracting.com; www.willjsmith.com; www.wjsengineering.com) that provides environmental engineering expertise to international & domestic industrial clients and governmental agencies.
Education & Qualifications
Over 40 years of professional experience in environmental engineering (air quality monitoring networks /air pollution control analyses / air dispersion modeling).
Registered Professional Engineer in New York State, License #053453, since 1976
Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), Air Pollution Control Specialty, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), Certification #96-20001.
AAEE Middle East Certification Coordinator
Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), Institute of Practicing Environmental Professionals (IPEP), Certification #01960011.
IPEP Middle East Certification Coordinator
Member, Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), #026147, since 1978
B.Sc., Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering, 1970, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA
U.S. EPA training courses on air quality systems, air pollution control technologies, environmental statistics, dispersion modeling, ambient toxics monitoring techniques, network design requirements, etc.
Professional Positions Held
Owner / Principal Engineer, WJS Contracting Services, LLC, Schenectady, New York, since mid- 2009 to present
Environmental Consultant, Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 5 years
Supervisor, Air Pollution Control Program, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1 year.
Air Quality/ Air Pollution Control Engineering Specialist, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, over 10 years.
Engineering Manager and Principal Engineer, Northeast U.S. Region, McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering Corporation, 2 years.
Air Quality Engineering Consultant & Engineering Manager, Dakkak Group, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2 years.
Principal Environmental Engineer, NUS Corporation, 3 years.
Senior Environmental Engineer, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Division of Air Resources, 15 years.
Detailed Professional Experience
Owner/Principal Engineer, W.J.S. Contracting Services, LLC, Environmental Engineering Consultancy for International & US-based clients, Schenectaday, NY, USA
Current projects include:
Engineering Specialist (General Environmental), Saudi Aramco Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2003 – December 2008
· Guidance, development, and implementation of the Company’s environmental awareness & management training programs
· Technical coordinator for the Company’s Corporate Environmental Balanced Scorecard program and related Environmental Management System issues.
· Budgeting and resource-planning support for the environmental awareness & training program directives.
· Technical training of staff & mentoring plan development for technical staff
· General environmental engineering consulting services to the Company
· Regional Coordinator for IPEP (QEP) and AAEE (BCEE) professional certification programs.
Supervisor, Air Pollution Control Program, Saudi Aramco Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2001 - 2002
· Supervision of 25 professional staff working in the air quality / air pollution control program of Saudi Aramco
· Technical and managerial direction of all air quality / air pollution control activities for the Company that include ambient air quality monitoring, special studies, environmental impact assessment review of projects, air pollution control analyses, and integration of new technologies for environmental control of air emissions for Company facilities.
· Development and administration of multi-million dollar budgets for capital expenditures and contractual services to support the air pollution control program, and responsible for the long-term planning of air quality / air pollution control program resources and capabilities.
· Most senior engineering specialist within the Company for air quality / air pollution control issues, and frequently consulted or selected to represent the Company on air emission related technical and/or regulatory issues.
Engineering Specialist (Air Quality), Saudi Aramco Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1992 - 2001
· Technical guidance and direction to other company organizations regarding air pollution/air quality matters that may affect facility operations. Example: Responsible for the replacement of Saudi Aramco’s medical waste incinerators with state-of-the art rotary autoclaves that converted medical wastes into sterile, unrecognizable material that could be disposed in landfills. Air pollution impacts and higher costs of operating & maintaining the incinerators were thus eliminated.
· Company representative for all matters dealing with air pollution/air quality issues with the government and other organizations.
· Budgeting and resource-planning support for new program directives.
· Development and implementation of new air monitoring technologies such as Optical Remote Sensing (ORS) techniques that show promise in providing more useful information at more cost-effective levels for the company.
· Air dispersion modeling capability for use in assessing air quality impacts from new projects and determining the most cost-effective emission control alternative(s) to incorporate into the project design.
· Analysis and reporting of ambient air quality monitoring data from the company's real-time monitoring network for use in generating facility compliance status reports. Preparation of the annual environmental monitoring data report is also included.
· Development and implementation of new monitoring programs (i.e., stack testing and leak detection and repair program (LDAR) for the control of fugitive emissions at the refineries and gas processing plants).
· Technical support and direction for the proper utilization and expansion of the company's real-time ambient air monitoring network.
· Development of Saudi Aramco's engineering design standards that must incorporate ambient air quality and source emission environmental regulations and be followed by all company Operations and Project Management teams.
· Technical expertise to company management for other air-related issues on a case-by-case basis.
Engineering Manager and Principal Engineer, Northeast U.S. Regional Office, McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering Corporation, Albany, NY, 1991-1992
· Technical and managerial direction of all environmental engineering projects for this office. Projects included hazardous waste site characterizations and remedial design; hazardous and non-hazardous landfill design and construction management; Best Management Practices (BMP) plans; air permitting and emissions inventories; ambient air toxics monitoring studies; environmental assessments; and industrial compliance audits.
· Marketing of environmental engineering services and managing of clients' projects.
· Long-term planning of the company's environmental engineering resources and capabilities.
Most senior Project
Engineer for a comprehensive ambient air toxics monitoring study at a
Air Quality Engineering Consultant Engineering Manager, Dakkak Group, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1988-1990
Responsibilities as the Air Quality Engineering Consultant included:
· Engineering and managerial support to the Saudi Arabian Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA) for air quality and air pollution control studies.
· Technical guidance in the development and operation of MEPA's real-time ambient air quality monitoring network.
· Technical guidance in the development and implementation of MEPA's environmental protection standards and regulatory compliance efforts.
· Air dispersion modeling and special monitoring capability for evaluating major emission source air quality impacts.
· Technical support of MEPA's regulatory permitting program.
Responsibilities as Engineering Manager included:
· Managing the company's environmental projects and consulting services. Example: Design and implementation of a real-time ambient air monitoring network for a large industrial facility in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
· Assisting in the company's efforts to develop a hazardous waste management services program by providing engineering expertise for a planned hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility.
Marketing and developing
bid proposals for air quality and air pollution control services within the
Senior Air Quality Engineer, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Division of Air Resources, 1987-1988
· Development and implementation of a real-time ambient air toxics monitoring program.
Technical supervision of
engineering staff operating
· Project Engineer for a joint USEPA/NYSDEC ambient air toxics monitoring study in the NY City area to determine the effectiveness of new sampling methodologies and assess the background concentration levels of various toxic pollutants.
Principal Environmental Engineer, NUS Corporation, 1984-1986
· Managerial and technical expertise to the Saudi Arabian Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA) for its air quality monitoring and air pollution control programs.
service support for other NUS environmental engineering projects in
Technical staff assigned
to oversee the operation & maintenance of
· Development & implementation of a formal Quality Assurance (QA) program for the above network in accordance with USEPA requirements.
· Technical training of instrumentation operation and related QA procedures.
Technical development of
· Project Engineer for a joint USEPA/NYSDEC air monitoring study conducted in the metropolitan NY City area to determine the extent of ozone transport and photochemical formation.
· Technical guidance for establishing new monitoring sites required under CAA attainment provisions.
· Performing systems and performance audits.
· Integrating new instrumentation into the program and establishing performance, data continuity, and data validity guidelines for the new equipment.
Publications & Presentations
"Benefits of Using UV-DOAS Open-Path Technology in Ambient Air Quality Monitoring," presented at the "Air Quality Management at Urban, Regional, and Global Scale 4th International Symposium" and IUAPPA Regional Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2012
“Advantages & Benefits of Using Open-Path Differential Optical Adsorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) in Ambient Air & Source Emission Monitoring Programs,” presented at the EnviroArabia 2010 Conference, Manama, Bahrain, April 2010.
"Evaluation of Optical Remote Sensing (ORS) systems for Ambient Air Monitoring," presented to Saudi Aramco Executive Management Committee, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, November 2000.
"Using Optical Remote Sensing (ORS) Air Monitoring Technology at Saudi Aramco," presented at Saudi Aramco Corporate Headquarters, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, January 2000.
- A Design Tool for the Development of a Grassroots Gas Processing
Facility," with Nand, K., Parsons
"Air Dispersion Modeling for Air Quality Impact Analysis of One of the World's Largest Oil and Gas Producing Projects," with Nand, K., Parsons Engineering Science, Pasadena, CA., presented at the Second Specialty Conference on Environmental Progress in the Petroleum & Petrochemical Industries, Manama, Bahrain, November 1997.
"Alternate Fuels Study - Air Dispersion Modeling of SWCC Desalination Plant," presented at SWCC Corporate Facility, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 1996.
Determination & Reduction Techniques in the Petroleum Industry," with Conner, W. G., Saudi Aramco, presented at the 1996 Petrotech
"The Role of Real-Time Air Quality and Meteorological Monitoring at Saudi Aramco," with Williams, R. O., Saudi Aramco, presented at the First Specialty Conference on Environmental Issues in the Petroleum & Petrochemical Industries, Manama, Bahrain, December 1995.
"Using Air Dispersion Modeling as a Cost-Effective Tool in Assessing Air Pollution Control Alternatives at Saudi Aramco Facilities," with Schulze, R. H., Trinity Consultants, Dallas, Texas, presented at the First Specialty Conference on Environmental Issues in the Petroleum & Petrochemical Industries, Manama, Bahrain, December 1995.
"Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Fugitive Emissions," presented at the Saudi Aramco Abqaiq Gas Processing Facility, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, 1995.
"Ambient Air Toxics Study at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Naval Base," presented to the Naval Facility Management, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1991.
Assurance Document for the Air Quality Monitoring Program of the Saudi Arabian Meteorology
and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA)," MEPA,
"The Jeddah Air Quality Report," with Zerbonia, R., and Al-Fawaz, Abdullah, Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA), Jeddah, K. S. A., 1986.
"Lead Levels in Air
and Children's Blood in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia," with Zeitoun, I. H., and Bakarman, M., presented at the First
Symposium on Environmental Protection and Management in the
"Guidelines for Siting Criteria, Methodology, Instrumentation, and Quality Assurance for the Saudi Arabian Meteorology & Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA)," Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 1984.
"New York State's Views on Ambient Air Monitoring Requirements," presented at the NESCAUM Ambient Air Monitoring Seminar on Criteria Pollutants, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1983.
Corridor Regional Modeling Project (NECRMP) Air Monitoring Data Report," with Twaddell, R., New York State Department of Environmental
"A Performance Test for the Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cutter Used in Pulsed Fluorescent Sulfur Dioxide Analyzers," with Buckman, F., Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (formerly the Air Pollution Control Association), Vol. 31, No.10, October 1981.
"The Use of 90-Volt Step-Down Transformers for High Volume Air Samplers Used by New York State," BAQS-45, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, N.Y., 1973.
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