Gordon R. Keller is a licensed Civil and Geotechnical Engineer in California and brings 40 years of professional experience in low-volume roads, slope stability, retaining structures, drainage, materials source development, and bridges and dams to Forester University.
Meet the Experts
Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Michael Perez brings his extensive ongoing research and field experience with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Forester University. Perez is a graduate student at Auburn University pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering. His primary research involves investigating and improving current ALDOT inlet protection standard practices and sediment basin erosion and sediment control practices using large-scale testing techniques.
Constance Hornig, Esq., an attorney specializing in drafting and negotiating solid waste agreements, brings 30 years of experience in the solid waste industry to Forester University. Hornig is a recognized expert in all aspects of integrated waste management, including: collection, recycling, transfer, processing, disposal and incineration, and has provided legal counsel to over 50 cities, counties, special districts and state agencies in the area of solid waste management.
Walter Niessen brings 50 years of experience in municipal, industrial, medical, biosolids, and hazardous wastes to Forester University. As a senior technical consultant and specialist in process analysis of waste management and associated air pollution systems, Niessen has managed all levels of project development for a wide range of projects from small, local communities to international assignments, including: problem definition; analysis of combustion and air pollution; energy recovery alternatives; environmental assessments; and procurement steps, designing, construction, start-up and acceptance testing and troubleshooting for operating systems. Additionally, Niessen brings specialist experience in preparing pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies, conceptual studies, strategies of waste management for local and national governments and industries, waste management plans and presenting seminars on waste management and related technology.
Stormwater STL LLC
Steven Polk brings more than 40 years of experience in zoning, site engineering, and permitting to Forester University. As the Founding Member of Stormwater STL LLC, Polk focuses on the implementation of the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Phase II regulations. In doing so, he has immersed himself in the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of stormwater management facilities (i.e. BMPs) throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. His involvement with both routine post-construction inspections and BMP maintenance helps customers remain in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC
Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, brings more than 37 years of experience in engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban agronomy, green infrastructure, performance sports turf, water harvesting, and irrigation engineering to Forester University. Bruce is the owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC) a national landscape architectural firm founded in 1986. JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation's leading Architectural and Landscape Architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles.
Theodore Hartsig brings over 30 years of experience in natural resources management and restoration, including extensive experience in stormwater management and ecosystem restoration to Forester University. As a certified professional soil scientist, Hartsig has contributed to the development of soil and plant management strategies in both urban and rural landscape projects, including research and design of stormwater infiltration systems in BMPs, plant establishment and maintenance, and construction techniques to develop and maintain successful, sustainable soil profiles.
City of Huntington Beach
Antonia Graham, MPA brings over ten years of experience managing environmental programs for municipalities to Forester University. Graham recently launched Orange County’s first city-sponsored Green Business Certification program and has developed innovative recycling programs aimed at teaching businesses about achieving the Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet, Profit. In 2010, Graham has taught classes on Zero Waste and Sustainability at California State University Fullerton, Irvine Valley College, and University of California, Irvine, and she is currently a candidate for a M.A. in Sustainability Leadership at Arizona State University.
Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating
Eric Dubin oversees the national strategic accounts project teams and account managers, including a team of utility program managers. Dubin’s responsibilities include: development and deployment of sales strategy, as well as deploying a comprehensive strategy to work with the nations electric utilities to create beneficial incentive programs. Dubin previously served as director of government and regulatory affairs at Climate Energy ECR International, as well as worked in multiple positions for large gas/electric utility National Grid in the Northeastern US.