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Management Team & Board of Directors Advisory and Consultancy
Chairman of the Board - Robert Rosin
Managing Director,Asian Operations - Eddie Wu, Ph.D
Corporate Finance Manager
& Business Development - Daniel Ripes

Director - Robert Rosenberg
Jia-Shu Sun
C.B Upasani, Ph.D
Nelson Slavik
William Smith
Thomas Damberger
Chairman of the Board - Robert Rosin Top

Mr. Rosin is the President of Robert A. Rosin and Associates, Ltd. - a litigation law firm. He has been a member of the Illinois and Federal Bar Associations since 1979 and a member of the California Bar Association since 1980. Mr. Rosin holds a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Managing Director, Asian Operations - Eddie Wu Ph.D Top

Eddie Wu, Ph.D., has been Managing Director of Asian Operations since 2001 with PEAT International. He has over twenty-five years of technical and management experience in the fields of energy, electronics, biotechnology and engineering physics. His business interests range from scientific research to market development both domestically and internationally. A common thread of his interests are energy products and processes and how to bring society the best of what mankind has to offer.

Dr. Wu is a co-founder, and still serves as a director on the Boards of Direct Access Energy and American Automation Power Corporation of California (AAP). From 1993 to 1996, he also served as a technical consultant to the Ministry of Labor, People's Republic of China and to the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, Republic of China, Taiwan. In 1994 he was a member of the US delegation to China for the first US-China Energy Conference. For a period of fifteen years since the early 1980's, he worked as a technical consultant to the Department of Defense and US Department of Energy.

He holds a Ph.D., in engineering physics and Master of Science degree in fluid dynamics from the University of California-Berkeley. He has written many technical papers on various subjects which have been published in over thirty periodicals and journals.

Dr. Wu's knowledge base in science and engineering coupled with his practical experience adds a dynamic to the team that helps facilitate the project from concept to commissioning through a seamless transition. His fluent language skills adds a layer of assurance that there will be continuity of the project by breaking down any language barriers that typically hinder such endeavors in the international market.

Corporate Communications Manager & Business Development - Daniel Ripes Top

Mr. Ripes joined PEAT in February 2003. Prior to joining PEAT, Mr. Ripes was the Corporate Communications Manager for CGI International. His responsibilities included the coordination of all corporate communication aspects for a pre-IPO/public company. Mr. Ripes holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Liautaud School of Business and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Robert Rosenberg Top

Mr. Rosenberg is Assistant Vice President for Partnerships & Technology for the University of Chicago. Mr. Rosenberg's expertise lies in the strategy development and implementation of research activities and technology transfer. In addition, Mr. Rosenberg has extensive experience assisting emerging companies succeed and secure investment capital. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Center for Family Health and the Vice President of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization. Mr. Rosenberg holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Masters in English Literature from Tufts University, and Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University (Magna Cum Laude).

Advisory Board

Nelson "Sig" Slavik Top

Nelson "Sig" Slavik, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Environmental Health Management Systems, Inc., located in Niles, Michigan. He has nearly 30 years experience in the environmental protection industry focusing specifically on waste streams, emission levels, and regulatory compliance.

On a professional level, Dr. Slavik helped obtain permitting for 3 commercial medical waste treatment facilities and approval for 5 alternative medical waste treatment technologies, one of which included a plasma pyrolysis system. He has served as expert witness in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on Hazardous Wastes and Toxic Substances of the Environmental and Public Works Committee. He is currently serving as senior vice president for MedDetect, Inc., and as a consultant to PEAT International helping guide the permitting process through a complex maze of environmental regulations.

Dr. Slavik served as senior editor of a quarterly healthcare newsletter, and authored a book titled Hazardous Waste Management Strategies for Health Care Facilities. He also has written over 80 articles (many which were peer reviewed) published in various professional journals, with some culminating in the influence of social change through regulatory implementation. He has recently helped craft language on definitions of plasma energy and recycling now set in statute.

Academically, he holds dual degrees in Microbiology from the University of Illinois which includes a Ph.D., and Master of Science in Biochemistry. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Math from Kalamazoo College.

William B. Smith Top

William B. Smith, is co-founder, owner, and CEO of MedDetect, Inc., a surgical instrument loss control product company located in Bloomington, Illinois. He is also a cofounder, owner, and CFO of PolyConversions, Inc. of Rantoul, Illinois, which is a company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of personal protective wear for industry and healthcare. Previously, Mr. Smith pioneered and founded companies with proprietary technologies to process and manage medical and pharmaceutical wastes. He founded the National Environmental Services Corporation in 1988, which was a 45 ton/day medical waste treatment facility in Illinois; and New York Environmental Services Corporation, New York's first NYDEC licensed Medical Waste Transfer Station.

Mr. Smith has over 25 years of medical waste industry experience involving the permitting, engineering, construction, and operation of companies offering waste collection, transportation, and processing services. During this time he was involved in the sale and distribution of waste management supply products. Previously, he was instrumental in obtaining a permit for a plasma system for another company in the Indianapolis area. Currently, Mr. Smith is helping guide PEAT International through the labyrinth of environmental hurdles to obtain a permit to process both medical and household hazardous waste.

His academic background includes a degree in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University. There he served on several committees as member/associate member in several medical and environmental associations. Mr. Smith worked diligently in this field of endeavor which has contributed greatly to the base of knowledge ultimately resulting in governmental legislation. Throughout his career he has authored and co-authored several professional reports and published articles on the containment, transportation, treatment and disposal of medical waste streams.

Thomas A. Damberger, Ph.D., CEM Top

Thomas A. Damberger, Ph.D., CEM, is president and CEO of Golden State Energy located in Carson City, Nevada. He holds a General B-1 Contractors license in the State of California and is a Certified Energy Manager.

Professionally, Dr. Damberger held the Energy Specialist position at Kaiser Permanente, the Southern California Region, from 1988 until late 1996. He was responsible for 16 million square feet of hospitals, medical office buildings and offices; with an energy budget of almost $42 million dollars. He also managed over $7.0 million in annual capital remodel projects. An example of a lighting retrofit project in a new hospital resulted in more than $1,800 in savings per day, or about $657,000 in savings each year. In the area of plasma energy, he received the first “Permit to Construct” issued in 1995 for the installation of a plasma system to treat medical waste at a hospital in San Diego. He later went on to receive a permit for a commercial plasma system in Indianapolis.

Currently, he is consulting with various city and state agencies, in drafting city and state codes and ordnances and developing RFP’s and RFQ’s as well as writing specifications for those projects. He has completed studies and reports for school districts throughout a four state region on their energy use and desire to qualify their district buildings for LEED® certification. He has also written Standards & Guidelines and Policies & Procedures for companies in need of such corporate documents. More recently, he spearheaded an effort to add other categories in the renewable energy classification through the governmental certification process; for the purpose of adding other technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions. He is working on the permitting and project development phases of the current PEAT International project.

The successful implementation of multiple projects through the years has resulted in public recognition of his work. Dr. Damberger received many accolades and awards, and in 1996, he received the Clean Air Award for Environmental Stewardship from AQMD for his nine-point plan. In October of 1996, the United States Department of Energy bestowed Special Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Promoting an Environmentally Sustainable Energy Future for his plan titled Energy, the Environment and the Kaiser Plan.

Academically, he holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, dual degrees in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and San Diego State University and a Fire Science degree from San Diego City College. He also holds Life Teaching Credentials in Fire Science and Public Administration.

Jia-Shu Sun Top

Jia-Shu Sun is a materials and materials surface engineering expert with specific focus on steel alloy, cement, thermal spray materials and plasma spraying processes. He was honored by the Government Special Allowance of the State Council in 1994 and has earned three Third Awards of Achievement in Science and Technology. In 1992, Professor Sun published "Wear of Metals." He was a Professor and Research Fellow at Tainjin University in China in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science/Engineering Departments from 1985-2004. Professor Sun serves as a technical advisor to a number of material surfacing companies in China. Professor Sun earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tianjin University in Tainjin, China.

C.B Upasani, Ph.D Top

Dr. Upasani has been a technical advisor to PEAT since 2007. He is the director at the Jyoti Om Chemical Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. - an influential organization within Gujarat that has been assisting PEAT advance the AIA project. He is also a director at the Ankleshwar Poly Dyestuff Pvt. Ltd. and a partner at Nucleophil Chemicals, GIDC Ankleshwar. Dr. Upasani continues to work as a service provider to United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) regarding the promotion of clean technologies within India as well as the World Bank for CDM project development. His expertise lies in green technology development, environmental auditing and environmental project development. Dr. Upasani holds a Ph.D. from M.S. University in Baroda, India and is chartered chemist in India.