Recipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Robert Adamski as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Robert will be honored on Wednesday, February 6th at the Westbury Manor for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
Please help support Robert in his goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.
Proceeds support the Science Museum of Long Island's programs and services for the children and families of the region!
A summary of Robert Adamski's impressive list of accomplishments:
B.E., Civil Engineering, City College of New York, 1971
10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety and Health Training, 360training.com, Inc., 2010
Incident Command System (ICS 100) for Public Works, Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2010
P.E.: New York - No. 050864 (1974)
New Jersey - No. 24GE03180800 (1986)
Grade 4A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator: New York - No. 7534 (1994)
Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE): American Academy of Environmental Engineers - No. 06-20003 (2006)
Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects (2001-2011):
Vice President of Municipal Infrastructure Programs responsible for providing consulting assistance to municipal water and wastewater system owners in the areas of facility operations and maintenance and utility management. Also represents the firm in highly visible national and regional organizations, such as the New York Section of The American Water Works Association, The Society of American Military Engineers New York City Post, and The National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant Upgrades, Brooklyn, NY, New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Project Reviewer responsible for providing quality assurance/quality control for a phase of construction management services for the multibillion-dollar upgrade of New York City's largest wastewater treatment plant.
Independent Environmental Monitoring Services at Ferry Point Park, Bronx, NY, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Technical Advisor responsible for providing independent environmental monitoring services at Ferry Point Park for filling over a former landfill to convert it into a 222-acre golf course and recreational facility. The environmental oversight was mandated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Expert Panel, Boston, MA, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Expert Witness serving on a panel to review alternatives and provide input and experience for the analysis of the tunnels supplying water to Boston.
Capital Improvement Program, Pima County, AZ, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. Technical Advisor assisting the project manager in providing expertise in large, urban water and wastewater systems to a consultant team to review the Department's capital improvement program and recommend organizational changes. Provided organizational and program analysis input and facilitated workshops that helped the consultant team obtain informed consent for improvements to the County's program.
Valuation of Sewer Infrastructure, Glen Cove, NY, City of Glen Cove. Technical Advisor responsible for performing a valuation of the City’s sewer utility infrastructure.
Kensico-City Tunnel Facility Plan, Westchester County, NY, New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Project Director responsible for coordinating a facility plan for the construction of a water tunnel and appurtenances from Kensico Reservoir in Valhalla to Hillview Reservoir just north of New York City in Yonkers. Services involved conceptual engineering, surveys, geotechnical investigations, environmental assessments and investigations, public outreach, public education, and public participation efforts.
State University of New York Improvements, Stony Brook, NY, Suffolk County Department of Public Works. Technical Advisor responsible for performing a study and conducting outreach to interested parties on the possible reuse of plant effluent to minimize discharge to surface and subsurface waters. Prepared report that recommended additional outreach and research on the makeup of the water to be reused and its effect.
Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan (CPIP), New York, NY, CPIP Consortium. Project Liaison responsible for providing consultation and coordination to the consortium's principal agencies in evaluating and recommending transportation improvements to the Port of New York to create an economically sound, environmentally safe, and publicly sanctioned 21st-Century port complex. Also facilitated analysis and communication between the sponsors and stakeholders, such as community and environmental groups. As a major part of the CPIP team, our firm performed services including transportation planning, project management oversight, strategy development for public involvement, funding strategies, and environmental services for "green port" studies. The consortium of project sponsors included the Empire State Development Corporation, New Jersey Department of Transportation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Highway Administration.
Water Services Department Security Master Plan, Phoenix, AZ, City of Phoenix Water Services Department. Project Manager responsible for providing expertise in large, urban water and wastewater systems to the consultant team to prepare a security master plan to protect vital infrastructure from contamination and the disruption of services. Provided information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on actions taken by them to develop New York City's security and emergency response plan.
Capital Improvement Program Study, Phoenix, AZ, City of Phoenix Water Services Department. Technical Advisor assisting the project manager in providing expertise in large, urban water and wastewater systems to a consultant team to review the Department's capital improvement program and recommend organizational changes. Provided organizational and program analysis input that helped the consultant team facilitate workshops to obtain informed consent for improvements to Phoenix's program.
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), New York, NY (1992-2001)
Deputy Commissioner of Wastewater Operations responsible for providing leadership and policy direction for operating and maintaining 14 water pollution control plants; 90 pumping stations; and auxiliary facilities, including vehicles and vessels. Tasks involved supervising a staff of more than 1,800 and being responsible for an annual budget of more than $300 million. Activities involved engineering, budgeting, staffing, strategic planning, and the allocation of resources. Worked closely with the commissioner and other senior staff members to develop short- and long-term projects for NYCDEP. Directed and tracked the budget and expenditures, developed alternatives and solutions to provide wastewater treatment services to customers, and represented NYCDEP at public meetings where facility and service issues were addressed. Also established policies and procedures and evaluated management personnel. Directed the preparation of statistical and narrative reports, including the annual New York Harbor Water Quality Survey and numerous discharge monitoring reports, for submission to city and state officials.
Director of Facilities Design responsible for managing an in-house staff of 220 and the design of large complex projects through consultant contracts, which totaled more than $3 million and had a construction value of more than $4 billion. Project tasks included preparing construction plans, specifications, and detailed estimates (PS&E), as well as approving equipment and shop drawings for a new city water tunnel, sewage treatment plants from 60 to 360 mgd, pumping stations and force mains, combined sewer overflow abatement facilities, and biosolids treatment facilities.
Director of Natural Resources responsible for managing various new programs for the protection and enhancement of the city's natural resources, including the acquisition of stream corridors on Staten Island (Bluebelt Program), the acquisition of watershed lands, whole-farm planning and whole-community planning to protect the city's water supply reservoirs located in upstate New York, studies to determine the best management of city lands, and the mitigation and enhancement of wetlands during construction. As a member of the commissioner's senior staff, participated in setting policy for NYCDEP programs.
Brooklyn Borough, Brooklyn, NY (1989-1992)
Chief Engineer responsible for providing engineering expertise to the borough president and community residents. Coordinated capital construction and managed complex surveying for the maintenance of topographic monuments and the preparation of maps. Headed an advisory committee for the rehabilitation of the Williamsburg Bridge.
New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York, NY
Chief, Division of South Operations responsible for managing the operations and maintenance of five 40 to 310 mgd municipal wastewater treatment plants with a total of 287 skilled and semiskilled workers and an annual budget of more than $18 million. Opened the Red Hook Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and the Owls Head WPCP digester complex.
Chief, Division of Sewer Maintenance responsible for managing a staff of 300 blue collar and technical personnel in the maintenance of 6,000 miles of combined, storm, and sanitary sewers and appurtenances.
Chief, Division of Operations Control responsible for managing more than 100 technical personnel in the Industrial Wastes Control, Project Development, Water Quality, and Laboratory Sections and providing operational support at 12 municipal wastewater treatment plants. Managed the enhancement of both the Industrial Pretreatment Program and the Harbor Survey Program.
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), New York, NY
Lieutenant Colonel with duties that included increasingly responsible assignments dealing with all aspects of military engineering. Finished as a team leader responsible for determining an inventory of required maintenance and repairs and environmental compliance for 16 USAR centers in the metropolitan New York City area.
American Academy of Environmental Engineers
Board Certified, 2006-present
American Society of Civil Engineers
Evaluator of Technical Colleges for Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accreditation, 2000-2010
American Society for Engineering Education
American Water Works Association
Chair, New York State Section, Water for People Committee, 2009-2011
Society of American Military Engineers
National Board of Direction, 2006-2009
Academy of Fellows, 2004-present
New York City Post Board of Directors, 2003-present
Water Environment Federation
Board of Directors, New York Association, 2006-2009
Chairman, Public Education Committee, 2003-2006
Water for People
Representative to the United Nations, 2005-2010
Board of Directors, 2000-2006
Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Adamski, Robert E. "Water for People Moves Into the Dominican Republic." Journal of the New England Water Environment Association, Spring 2010.
Adamski, Robert E. "'Stuff' in Water - Acronyms Gone Wild." New York Water Environment Association's Clearwaters, Fall 2008.
Adamski, Robert E. "LEED Certification and Water Reuse." Pennsylvania Water Environment Association's PennTech, State College, PA, June 2008.
Adamski, Robert E. "Infrastructure at Risk." PE Magazine, November 2008.
Adamski, Robert E. "SAME: Its Role in Support of Readiness and Homeland Security." Journal of the American Water Works Association, February 2008.
Adamski, Robert E. "Getting Ready." The Military Engineer, March/April 2007.
Adamski, Robert E. "A Post's Link to the Nation's Defense." The Military Engineer, November/December 2002.
Adamski, Robert E. "Let's Deal With the Real Arsenic Problem." Journal of the American Water Works Association, August 2002.
Adamski, Robert E. "Watch It." Engineering News-Record, July 2002.
Adamski, Robert E. "Operational Benefits of Celebrating Water." Clearwaters: New York Water Pollution Control Association, Summer 2001.
Adamski, Robert E. "Dollars Could Be Better-Spent Elsewhere." Journal of the American Water Works Association, November 2000.
Adamski, Robert E. "Clean Water at $5 a Person." Journal of the American Water Works Association, October 1999.
Adamski, Robert E. "The Adopt-A-School Program: A Way to Increase Effectiveness." Utility Executive, July/August 1999.
Adamski, Robert E. "Engineers of the Future: PEs or PhDs - Bidders or Proposers." Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, January 1999.
Adamski, Robert E., and Jerry Lastihenos. "Looking to the Future: Challenges Facing the Engineering Profession." The Military Engineer, February/March 1998.
Adamski, Robert E. "Safeguard Engineers' Status." Engineering News-Record, March 1998.
Adamski, Robert E., and Allen A. Deur. "History of New York City's Wastewater Treatment." Tokyo Sewage Works Case Studies on International Sewage Treatment Histories and How to Reconstruct Major Sewage Works, August 1996.
Adamski, Robert E. "G.R.E.A.S.E. (Grease Removal - Education Assistance, Sewer Enforcement)." The Municipal Engineers Journal, Issue 1, 1995.
Adamski, Robert E., David N. Ellis, H.P. Errol Lim, and Philip Zimmerman. "Green: Building Design Precedent-Setting Approach For New York City." Water Environmental Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, 1995.
Adamski, Robert E. "Bringing Sewage into Class." Clearwaters: New York Water Pollution Control Association, Summer 1990.
Adamski, Robert E. "New York City's Experience in Covering Sewage Treatment Plants." Presented at the 50th Annual Winter Meeting of the New York State Pollution Control Association, January 1978.
Letters to the Editor:
Adamski, Robert E. "Real Cell Phone Dangers." Courier Life, March 2008.
Adamski, Robert E. "Honoring Veterans." Water Environment Federation Highlights, January/ February 2004.
Adamski, Robert E. "Operations Forum - Readability." Water Environmental and Technology Operations Forum, May 2003.
Adamski, Robert E. "Downsize SUVs." Daily News, December 2002.
Adamski, Robert E. "Engineers Rule." Daily News, March 2002.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Inducted into the New York Water Environment Association's Hall of Fame, 2010
Robert W. Hite Outstanding Leadership Award, Water for People, 2009
Quarter Century Operator Award, Water Environment Federation, 2004
Inducted into the New York Water Environment Association's Golden Manhole Society (for service to the association in sewer system operations), June 2002
Inducted into the Fort Hamilton High School (Brooklyn, New York) Alumni Hall of Fame, November 2001
Herbert Howard Government Engineer of the Year Award, Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2000
Humanitarian Award, Association of Dominican Engineers, 1999
Humanitarian Award, Hermandad (a humanitarian organization helping impoverished people), 1999
Inducted into the City College of New York chapter of Chi Epsilon (the national civil engineering honor society), May 1999
Inducted into the New York Water Environment Association's Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (for service to the association in the operations of treatment systems), June 1999
Public Education Award, New York Water Environment Association, 1996
The inaugural ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at Westbury Manor. To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
When & Where
Science Museum of Long Island
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1963, SMLI is a not-for-profit science activity center located in Plandome on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. SMLI provides teachers and community leaders with field trips as well as programs that can be brought onsite to field locations. Activities at the Science Museum are typically pre-registered hands-on science workshops.