Jeffrey Seay, Ph.D., PE
President and Founder
Dr. Jeffrey Seay is the President and Founder of Engineers for Sustainable Energy Solutions. He also holds appointments as the PJC Board of Trustees Engineering Professor and Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Extended Campus Program and Visiting Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Dr. Seay joined the University of Kentucky in 2008 after a 12-year career as a process engineer in the chemical industry. His research interests include process simulation and modeling, waste to energy processes, appropriate technology and sustainable development. Dr. Seay has served as Chair and Co-Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF); Vice Chair of the AIChE International Committee; Programming Chair for the AIChE Environmental Division. He is a member of the Managing Board for the AIChE Institute for Sustainability
Chandni Joshi is a Project Engineer at Geo Consultants Corporation. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from there, too.
Having spent most of her childhood in rural western India, Chandni has first-hand experience of the waste accumulation challenges facing developing nations. As the Vice President of ESES, Chandni’s aim is to develop technical solutions for plastic waste management that incorporate the three pillars of sustainability and empower rural communities to reduce their waste accumulation by providing the waste a value.
Sarah Cranor received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for Engineers for Sustainable Energy Solutions. Sarah has been working with waste plastic in underdeveloped regions of the globe since 2015. She has traveled to Cameroon, Uganda, and India implementing this research while a student at the University of Kentucky. She currently works as a production engineer in the specialty chemical industry.
Shelby Browning is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky (UK) with her BS in Chemical Engineering. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies from UK. Shelby serves as both the Project Director and Webmaster for ESES. She has traveled to East Africa multiple times over the course of her undergraduate research experience studying plastic waste in developing communities and enjoys working directly with community members while implementing appropriate technical solutions in an effort to achieve global sustainable development.
Board of Directors
Betsy Beymer-Farris, Ph.D.
Betsy Beymer-Farris is the Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. She holds a PhD degree in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 20 years of experience working in Tanzania where she conducts research on gender, climate change, marine and coastal resource conservation, and human rights.
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Dr. Quinta Warren, P.E., P.M.P
Dr. Quinta Warren, PE, PMP is a chemical engineer and an energy professional. She is the Founder and CEO of Energy Research Consulting (EngrRC.com) which provides energy and water expertise for clients in Africa. The company focuses on solutions that are sustainable, fit-for-purpose, and tailored for cultural context.
Dr. Warren previously worked for ConocoPhillips on CO2 capture research, and as a reservoir engineer for heavy oil and tight gas assets. She was a AAAS Fellow with the US Department of Energy and also with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). At MCC, she provided technical energy expertise and contributed to the development of electricity projects in emerging economies in Asia and Africa.
Dr. Warren holds a PhD in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.
Mary Ellen Ternes, Esq.
Mary Ellen Ternes is a partner in the Oklahoma City office of D.C. based Earth & Water Law, LLC. Ms. Ternes represents energy, manufacturing and other industrial and municipal clients, with in-depth experience in air, hazardous waste, wastewater, drinking water program permitting, compliance, with particular emphasis in developing efficient regulatory strategies for complex and high profile processes and industries, enforcement defense, risk management, due diligence, voluntary cleanup practices as well as federal and state rulemaking, administrative proceedings and litigation.
Ternes began her career as a chemical engineer for the U.S. EPA Region 6 in Superfund emergency response and RCRA hazardous waste incinerator permitting, then left EPA to join industry, managing environmental compliance for a commercial hazardous waste incineration company, negotiating air, hazardous waste, and toxic substances treatment and disposal permits, demonstrating compliance and conducting audits.
Mr. Wheeler is a retired engineer with 45 years of experience in a wide range of activities, all associated with various elements of the maritime industry. His experience includes construction and operation of nuclear submarines, as well as management of inland marine shipyards, towing companies and affiliated facilities. He has served in many roles representing various maritime organizations, including that of President of the International Propeller Club of the United States .
William Murphy, Ph.D., PE
Dr. William Murphy is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He retired from UK after 35 years in academia, at Texas A&M University, the UK Lexington campus, and his final 17 years establishing the UK Engineering Extended Campus in Paducah.
His research specialization is in HVAC&R with his more recent activity in ground source heat pump system design and applications. He was most active with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He chaired and served on many ASHRAE standing committees, as well as on the ASHRAE Board of Directors, while also serving on the ABET Board of Directors and the ABET Engineering Accrediting Commission. He currently serves on the board of the ABET Foundation and the ASHRAE Research Activities Committee that oversees a $3 million annual research program. Dr. Murphy continues to serve as a research proposal reviewer for Department of Energy programs related to HVAC&R and building energy use.