Professor Nickolas J. Themelis, Director, Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University; Stanley-Thompson Professor Emeritus, Earth and Environmental Engineering (Henry Krumb School of Mines); Chair Global WTERT Council, New York
Prof. Nickolas Themelis of Columbia University is co-founder and Chairman of the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), an international consortium of universities, companies and governmental organizations concerned with the recovery of energy and materials from industrial and municipal wastes. WTERT is advancing and promoting the recovery of energy and materials from commercial and municipal solid wastes, instead of landfilling them. Current research work is on integrated waste management and the design of processes for material and energy recovery from used products. Ongoing WTERT projects are designing waste-to-energy facilities for New York City, Athens (Greece), Ptras (Greece), Santiago (Chile) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). WTERT conducts the bi-annual BioCycle/Columbia national survey of the generation and disposition of municipal solid wastes in the U.S.