Leadership

Executive Team

 

Jeffrey E. Surma
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Surma is President and Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of InEnTec.  Prior to founding InEnTec, Mr. Surma was a senior research engineer at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) where he led multimillion dollar research projects in the areas of high-level radioactive waste vitrification, electrochemical and plasma processing of waste.  Mr. Surma is an inventor on 26 US patents and various international patents and has been the author or presenter of over 50 technical papers.  Mr. Surma won the prestigious R&D 100 award four times for his work on plasma processing and associated technologies and was awarded the Pacific Northwest Directors Award for excellence in engineering.  Mr. Surma led a multi-institutional team involving PNNL and the Plasma Fusion Center at MIT to develop plasma technologies that have since been commercialized through InEnTec.  Mr. Surma holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.

David A. Lamar
Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Lamar oversees all activities at the Richland Technology Center. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Montana State University in chemical engineering. He was an engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute from 1986 to 1998, and has worked on and managed several key glass melter projects. He was also previously in charge of a program for demonstrating arc plasma applications in a radioactive environment for the treatment of low level and mixed waste at Department of Energy sites. Major projects on which Mr. Lamar worked include designing and overseeing construction of an Advanced Vitrification Technology melter which expanded the number and types of waste that could be processed, the Hot-Cell Restoration Program, which involved developing methods to evaluate, categorize, catalog and remove special case radioactive wastes at the DOE Hanford site, and characterization of the West Valley Demonstration Plant in which Mr. Lamar oversaw a team of scientists and engineers in characterizing and assessing the waste at the site and performing an analysis of appropriate remedial efforts. Mr. Lamar has also been involved in various assessment, surveillance and permitting projects at Hanford and other Department of Energy sites as well as commercial sites such as Three Mile Island.  Mr. Lamar received three R&D 100 Awards in 1997 and 1998.

J. Michael Rockett
Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Rockett works on InEnTec’s strategic and day-to-day project and business development initiatives and manages the financial and legal affairs of InEnTec and its subsidiaries.  Mr. Rockett has spent over 25 years working at the intersection of energy and the environment.  After graduating from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics, Mr. Rockett was an Economist at Economic Insight, Inc., specializing in analysis of energy markets, including crude oil, natural gas, and electricity.  He received his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, magna cum laude, in 1995, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the legal journal “Environmental Law.”  Following law school, Mr. Rockett served as a Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where he prosecuted civil cases to enforce U.S. laws regulating hazardous waste, clean air, clean water, toxics, and environmental contamination.  He received a Special Achievement Award for his work on seminal Clean Air Act cases.  Mr. Rockett then became a Senior Associate with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he focused on obtaining permits and approvals for energy projects (including electrical generation, hydrogen, and a number of large refinery projects needed to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel), the use and generation of emission credits, and developing and applying statutes and regulations on behalf of clients producing clean burning fuels and low emission vehicles.

James A. Batdorf, Ph.D.
Director of Engineering and Technology Development
Dr. Batdorf manages the engineering and technology development of the PEM gasification process including equipment and operations improvement, energy recovery, and use of the synthesis gas. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho. From 1983 to 1989, Dr. Batdorf conducted experimental and theoretical research of plasma technology at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). Dr. Batdorf was responsible for developing a state-of-the-art plasma experimental laboratory at the INEL Research Center, including installing and operating transferred and non-transferred plasma torches with power capabilities up to 180 kW; a 60 kW inductively coupled plasma (ICP) system; a 100 kW cyclone plasma reactor; and a low pressure 13.56 MHz ICP reactor. Work at this laboratory included development of new plasma reactor concepts for performing “plasma phase” reactions, emission spectroscopy to evaluate plasma temperature and departure from equilibrium, laser-Doppler velocimetry to measure particle velocities, and laser induced florescence to measure plasma species concentrations. During the 1990s, Dr. Batdorf worked for Science Applications International Corporation in a variety of roles including process development, process control, process modeling and simulation, process design, environmental permitting, and project management in the fields of thermal waste treatment, air pollution control, and radioactive waste processing. Dr. Batdorf is one of the key inventors of the Plasma Hearth Process (PHP) technology for treatment of radioactive waste contaminated with hazardous metals and organic compounds and was responsible for the research and development of this technology. The PHP program consisted of three experimental systems: a non-radioactive bench scale system, a radioactive bench-scale system, and a non-radioactive pilot plant system that processed whole 55-gallon drums of waste at a rate of up to three drums per hour over a continuous 100 hour period.

 

Board of Directors

 

E. Gary Cook, Ph.D
Chairman
Dr. Cook is Chairman of the Board of Directors, and prior to InEnTec’s incorporation in 2011, served as Chairman of the Management Committee of InEnTec LLC since 2002. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, a building products company, and Chairman of the Board of LRM Industries, a specialized producer of very large thermoplastic products. Dr. Cook received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University. He joined E. I. DuPont in 1969 as a Research Chemist and spent 23 years with DuPont, holding a variety of senior management positions, including Vice President of Medical Products, Vice President and General Manager of Publishing and Printing, and Vice President-Corporate Plans. He joined Ethyl Corporation as Senior Vice President and President-Chemicals Group and Director in 1992. In 1994, Ethyl spun off the Chemicals Group as an independently traded specialty chemical company, Albemarle Corporation, and Dr. Cook served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Albemarle. He became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Witco Corporation in 1996, and served in that capacity until the merger of Witco and Crompton and Knowles in 1999, at which time he was named Chairman of the merged company, CKWitco. Dr. Cook has served on numerous industry association boards, including those of the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the Soap and Detergent Association, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, and the Health Industry Manufacturers Association.

Jeffrey E. Surma
Vice Chairman
Mr. Surma is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of InEnTec. Prior to founding InEnTec, Mr. Surma was a senior research engineer at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) where he led multimillion dollar research projects in the areas of high-level radioactive waste vitrification, electrochemical and plasma processing of waste. Mr. Surma is an inventor on 26 US patents and various international patents and has been the author or presenter of over 50 technical papers. Mr. Surma won the prestigious R&D 100 award four times for his work on plasma processing and associated technologies and was awarded the Pacific Northwest Directors Award for excellence in engineering. Mr. Surma led a multi-institutional team involving PNNL and the Plasma Fusion Center at MIT to develop plasma technologies that have since been commercialized through InEnTec. Mr. Surma holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.

Larry Dinkin
Mr. Dinkin has an extensive background in business startups and management and is one of the founders of InEnTec. He has been the key individual involved in the startup of three prior successful companies. The most recent, Marie Callender Retail Foods, grew during Mr. Dinkin’s tenure from a startup in 1987 with $2 million of venture capital to a business with over $160 million in annual sales in 1994 and was sold in September 1994 to Con Agra. Mr. Dinkin has received several business awards, including Long Island Entrepreneur of the Year from Inc. Magazine and a Clio Award for his Marie Callender design work. He was featured in the June 26, 1995, issue of Advertising Age magazine in the “Marketing 100” (the 100 hottest marketing successes) for the Marie Callender concept. Prior to his startup and management career, Mr. Dinkin worked as a computer consultant at Univac and at Coopers and Lybrand.

Robert Y. Konig
Mr. Konig is General Counsel at Broadway Healthcare, and has been designated by Moshe Isaac Foundation to be a member of InEnTecís Board. Mr Konig worked for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Weil Gotshal & Manges where he specialized in corporate and real estate transactions. As General Counsel for Broadway Healthcare, Mr. Konig is responsible for all general legal matters as well as the oversight of significant commercial and residential real estate development activities. Mr. Konig received his B.S. in Business Management from Yeshiva University, Syms School of Business and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Mr. Konig is active in various charities and has worked pro bono representing holocaust survivors.

Damon Safranek
Mr. Safranek is Chief Operation Officer of Paskenta Band of Nomlaki – Paskenta Enterprises Corporation.
 

Advisory Board

 

InEnTec maintains a board of advisors with whom the Board of Directors consults.  The members of this Advisory Board are listed below.

Daniel R. Cohn, Ph.D.
Dr. Cohn serves in a consulting role as Senior Advisor to the Chairman.  He is a co-founder of InEnTec and served 15 years as a member of the Management Committee of InEnTec LLC, and 4 years as Chief Executive Officer of the company.  Dr. Cohn was a senior research scientist at MIT and served as Executive Director of the MIT Study on the Future of Natural Gas. He has been a member of the MIT research staff since 1971.  Dr. Cohn’s research has been primarily in the area of energy and environmental technology, particularly involving applications of plasmas. He previously served as head of the Plasma Technology Division of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center.  Dr. Cohn is also a co-founder and CEO of Ethanol Boosting Systems, LLC.  Dr. Cohn was Editor of the Journal of Fusion Energy from 1984 to 1992. Dr. Cohn is an inventor on 40 U.S. patents and on related foreign patents and is a co-inventor on some of InEnTec’s key patents. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Nuclear Society where he served as Chairman of the Fusion Energy Division. Dr. Cohn received R&D 100 Awards for development of technologically significant new products in 1994, 1995 and 1998.  He was the winner of the Discover Award for Technological Innovation in Transportation in 1999.  Dr. Cohn received an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT.

Nicholas Pappas, Ph.D.
Dr. Pappas is the former Chairman of the Board of Chemfab Corp. and a former Director and Member of the Board of Nova Chemicals and Crompton Chemicals. Dr. Pappas was President and Chief Operating Officer of Rollins Environmental Services and later Vice Chairman of the Board from July 1991 to March 1996. Dr. Pappas retired from the DuPont Company in December 1990 after approximately 34 years of service where he was Executive Vice President and a member of Dupont’s Executive Committee.

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