The team is charged with moving forward with engineering, environmental permitting and operations readiness planning and ensuring that the project is poised to launch into high gear as soon as the economy recovers. The goal: design safety, sustainability and efficient operation in design cost out.
The local project leader is William Gerber '88 (ME), who provides direction to the team and interfaces between the plant and other Alcoa divisions involved in the project. Robert Lenney '86 (CEE and left wing on the hockey team 1982-86) is Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for the project, while Steven Marsh '90 (E&M and a former Clarkson classroom instructor) is tasked with determining how the existing facility will be integrated with the new one, including determining flow path logistics and designing the work flow.
The engineering effort is led by Jeffrey Whitton '79, (ME). In his role, Whitton determines priorities, tasks and deliverables. Also working in the engineering group are Gabriel Ockrin '08 (ME), Doug VonBorstel '89 (ME) and Derrick Lucey, the first McNair Scholar to receive a Ph.D. (chemistry, from the University of Buffalo).
"This is a very unique team," Marsh says. "We've brought together a variety of different expertise and we've created a really good group dynamic."
"If we can do some good here, that benefit will last 40 years and really impact Massena's future," VonBorstel points out. "It feels really good to be a part of that."