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Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
ERE Advisory Council

Mission Statement

The ERE Advisory Council provides strategic consultation, professional networking, information exchange, and resource development to assist the ERE Department achieve its mission and provide teaching, research and service to advance engineering practices and meet the needs of the world.

A Profile in Service

The Advisory Council handles duties such as supporting assessment of learning outcomes in ERE's ABET-accredited BS program, sponsoring student-oriented panel discussions related to engineering practice, participating in ESF Career Fairs, engaging in engineering design projects and service learning projects, and promoting the development of ERE and SUNY ESF.

ERE Advisory Council

Council Member Title Company
Meghan Platt, PE Co-Chair Sr. Civil Engineer Arcadis
PJ Snyder, PE Co-Chair Project Manager/Associate GEI Consultants, Inc. P.C.
Christina Albunio, P.E. Agency Engineer Onondaga Resource Recovery Agency
Emma Aversa Project Engineer C&S Companies
Otis Deluca Project Manager Hueber Breuer Construction
Christopher Eighmey Environmental Engineer NYSDEC
Casey Ganley Management Engineer Onondaga County Dept of Water Environment Protection
Jill Fonte Project Lead, Environmental Remediation Lockheed Martin
Owen Mathias Hunter, PE Staff Environmental Engineer Arcadis
Swiat Kaczmar President and Chief Scientist Kaczmar Consulting
Patricia B. Stock Senior Environmental Consultant TTI Environmental, Inc.


Those interested in contacting the ERE Advisory Council should e-mail Teri Frese.

Advisory Council Accomplishments

  • Hosted annual fall semester planning meeting with student clubs, including ERE, EWB, ESS and NYWEA Clubs
  • Supported Employer Information Day and Professional Networking Day for ERE students
  • Mentored student teams in ERE Planning and Design
  • Assessed student project work presented at ERE Planning and Design event
  • Planned Tours of project sites and professional companies
  • Sponsored and provided 40 Hour HAZWOPER and 8 Hour Refresher training to ERE students (since 2017)
  • Planned panel discussions for ERE students associated with networking, internships, kick-starting your career
  • Advised the ERE program in preparation of ABET visits and met with the ABET visitation teams
  • Coordinated Women in Science and Engineering discussions
  • Hosted mock interviews and resume review sessions for ERE students
  • Met with students to support professional networking
  • Engaged the freshman engineering design course, ERE 133
  • Sponsored and attended Annual Engineers with Appetites dinner
  • Spotlight on Student Research Judging for ERE students
  • Conducted exit interviews with graduating senior students

Council Member Bios

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Meghan M. Platt, P.E.

Senior Civil EngineerArcadis U.S., Inc.Syracuse, New York

Ms. Platt has more than 19 years of experience as a project manager specializing in the design, permitting and compliance, and construction of commercial infrastructure projects, including renewable energy development and oil and gas projects, and remedial systems associated with historical industrial activities. Ms. Platt has extensive experience working with agency representatives clients, and contractors to facilitate project completion. Ms. Platt's experience also includes the development of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Phase II ESAs, environmental engineering investigations and studies, including  Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study reports, work plans and reports, and bid documents, including design drawings and technical specifications.

PJ Snyder, P.E. 
Project Manager/Associate 
GEI Consultants, Inc. P.C. 
Ithaca, New York

PJ is a civil engineer with a wide range of experience in planning, design, and  construction phase engineering services for environmental, geotechnical and geo-structural projects. He has worked on 
numerous environmental remediation and dam rehabilitation projects, both in the design and construction phase, and has also been an integral part of the team for the design and construction of foundation 
systems, excavation support systems and many other civil, environmental, and geotechnical construction projects. PJ is also experienced in supporting and maintaining interoffice collaboration for large and 
complex design projects, promoting design standardization, and managing the development of company wide CAD standards. 

PJ has extensive management and engineering experience in the following areas:

  • Preparing and reviewing calculations
  • Developing and coordinating design and construction drawings
  • Authoring and/or reviewing contractor submittals
  • Developing cost estimates and construction specifications 


B.S., Environmental Resource and Forest Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and 
Forestry, 2001

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
Professional Engineer: MA 
Association of State Dam Safety Officials American Institute of Steel Construction 
Deep Foundations Institute 
United States Society on Dams Order of the Engineer

Cristina Albunio, P.E. 
Agency Engineer 
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency 
Syracuse, New York

Ms. Albunio is the Agency Engineer for Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA), a not-for-profit public benefit corporation that delivers a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery system to Onondaga County residents. She is responsible for general engineering services related to OCRRA’s transfer stations and compost sites as well as specific oversights for OCRRA’s Waste to Energy Facility. She oversees operations, permitting and compliance for a variety of the Agency’s needs. 

Ms. Albunio’s prior experiences include 16 years of consulting and engineering design at Arcadis. Her 
projects included a focus on earthwork and stormwater design for a large number of industrial clients. These projects included landfill design, operation, closure and maintenance; erosion and sediment control design; design, construction, operation and maintenance of stormwater management features; hydrologic and hydraulic analyses; geosynthetics design and installation; natural gas well pad design; facility site design; remedial design and implementation; and construction oversight. Ms. Albunio has
experience with client  engagement, strategic agency coordination and multi-disciplinary team management. 


Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering, Cum Laude, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering Department, 2002

Professional Registration and Affiliation

Professional Engineering: New York and Maryland

New York State Association for Solid Waste Management

CNY Chapter Air & Waste Management Association

Order of the Engineer

East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation Board of Directors - Executive Clerk/Secretary

Emma Aversa

Project Engineer
C&S Companies
Syracuse, New York

Upon graduating from ESF, I began my career at C&S within the municipal group. The thing I’ve loved most thus far, is the diversity. An average day can involve sizing drainage pipe, designing a municipal swimming pool, and writing up a report on flood impact, all within eight hours. Of the countless design elements I’ve had exposure to, some things I’ve enjoyed most are stormwater management and working with Autodesk Civil 3D. In 2018 I had the opportunity to work with our team to design a multi-million dollar drainage system as a part of a runway reconstruction project in Detroit and this past year, I aided in the design of a sanitary sewer network for a small Village in New York. I hope to continue learning and refining skills as time progresses.


Bachelors, Environmental Resource Engineering, SUNY ESF, December 2016

Professional Registration and Affiliation

Order of the Engineer

Autodesk Certified Professional: Civil 3D for Infrastructure Design

Otis Deluca

Project Manager 
Hueber-Breuer Construction Company, Inc. 
Syracuse, New York

Mr. Deluca has been working in project management of commercial and institutional construction projects for 10 years. His experience includes complete oversight of all phases of multi-million-dollar 
construction projects from pre-construction through project turnover. He has a history of on-time, on-budget, and high-quality project completion. Mr. Deluca is in constant pursuit of continuing education in an effort to seek out better and more efficient techniques for creating the built environment.

B.S. – Wood Products Engineering, SUNY-ESF, 2008 

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
LEED-AP, BD+C since 2008 
Advisory Board Member for Department of Sustainable Construction at SUNY-ESF 
Board of Directors for Vera House

Chris Eighmey

Assistant Environmental Engineer (Division of Air Resources) 
Syracuse, NY 

Mr. Eighmey is an Assistant Engineer within the Division of Air Resources at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Eighmey is responsible for reviewing permit 
applications for air sources at regulated facilities, emissions test protocol review, and compliance evaluation for State and Federal regulations. These facilities include: municipal waste incinerators, 
natural and biogas engines, aluminum and steel recycling plants, landfills, boilers (natural gas, wood, and coal fired), and asphalt/mineral processing plants.

Prior to joining the NYSDEC, Mr. Eighmey worked in consulting. He provided engineering support on 
projects involving stormwater management, environmental remediation, and construction 
management. His experience includes  implementing green/grey infrastructure technologies for stormwater management, SWPPP preparation/implementation, and dam ecommissioning.

B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
Air and Waste Management Association 
New York Water Environment Association 
Order of the Engineer

Casey N. Ganley 
Management Engineer 
Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection (WEP)
Syracuse, NY

Mr. Ganley has 7 years of process-mechanical engineering and construction management experience in both Private sector consulting engineering (Ramboll, formerly known as O’Brien and Gere Engineers, Inc.) and Public sector utility (Onondaga County WEP). He currently provides engineering support, capital planning, 
and project management related to WEP’s six (6) wastewater treatment plants and 1000+ miles of collection 
systems and pumping/conveyance systems. Areas of focus include regulatory and Consent Order mandated force main rehabilitation projects, sewer system expansions to accommodate growing industrial development, coordination with local municipalities supporting WEP’s Sewer Consolidation efforts, and long term project/capital planning pursuant to Onondaga County’s 7-year rolling Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). His focus in consulting engineering was primarily client-facing Project Engineer roles related to planning, design, and construction of capital improvements to pumping stations and treatment plants in New York, Ohio, Washington D.C., and Virginia. 

B.S., Environmental Resource Engineering, SUNY ESF, 2015

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
Order of the Engineer 
Engineer-in-Training: New York State 
New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA)

Jill Fonte
Project Lead, Environmental Remediation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Liverpool, NY

Ms. Fonte is currently a Project Lead for the Lockheed Martin Corporate Environmental Remediation Group. She provides focused and successful project management of several remediation sites for Lockheed Martin ranging from minor operations and maintenance to active remediation with the goal of site cleanup and closure. Ms. Fonte’s responsibilities also include management of consultants and interaction with stakeholders ensuring projects comply with regulatory and business requirements.

Ms. Fonte also worked for eight years as an Environmental Engineer in Lockheed Martin’s Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) office at the Liverpool, NY facility. In this role, she was the ESH Communications site lead, responsible for EPCRA annual compliance reporting, reviewing and updating ESH procedures, assisting with audits and accident/injury investigations and corrective actions. Ms. Fonte was also a member of the Confined Space Rescue Team and Hazardous Material Spill Response Team.

Prior to working for Lockheed Martin, Ms. Fonte worked in the consulting field for eight years starting out at Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. (now Arcadis) and then moving on to Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group. While in the consulting field, she provided engineering support and field assistance to clients involved in RCRA, CERCLA, and/or other regulatory compliance activities related to site investigation and remediation.

M.S. Environmental and Resource Engineering, SUNY-Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF)
B.S. Forest Resources Management (Water Resources Option), SUNY ESF
A.A.S. Ecology and Environmental Technology, Paul Smith’s College

Professional Registration and Affiliation
Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC #4232)
Central New York Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (CNY-AWMA), Member (2011-present)
CNY-AWMA, Board of Directors (May 2017-present)
Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)
International Erosion Control Association (IECA)

Owen Mathias Hunter 
Environmental Engineer II 
Arcadis U.S., Inc. 
Syracuse, NY 

I am an environmental designer with 4.5 years of professional experience in the environmental engineering industry, where I have worked on a variety of stormwater, remediation, and erosion and 
sediment control (E&SC) projects. Overall tasks for these projects include reviewing site inspection reports, drafting various E&SC plans and construction stormwater plans, using hydrologic and hydraulic models to estimate flood impacts, and using computer drafting programs to design erosion control practices, stormwater channels and ponds, urban green infrastructure practices, and the remedial caps for landfills. I have also developed industrial stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP), Emergency 
Action Plan (EAP), and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) site maps and reports for a series of industrial train terminals across the US. My fieldwork experience includes contractor oversight for liner installation, stormwater site inspections, client meetings, and filling the role of an environmental compliance coordinator for natural gas construction projects. 

Master of Science Environmental Resources Engineering, State University of New York College of 
Environmental Science and Forestry, 2015 
Bachelor of Science Environmental Resources Engineering, State University of New York College of 
Environmental Science and Forestry, 2012

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
Engineer in Training, New York 
Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control in Training

Swiat Kaczmar

400 Scottholm Blvd 
Syracuse, NY

Dr. Kaczmar is an environmental toxicologist. He retired as Vice President and Chief Scientist of O’Brien and Gere Engineers. His professional practice focused on the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites, occupational health and safety and hazardous waste management. During his over 30 year tenure at O’Brien and Gere, Dr. Kaczmar also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University, the Masters of Public Health Program at 
SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Environmental Resources Engineering Department at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He developed and taught courses in Hazardous Waste Management; Industrial Hygiene; Environmental Risk Assessment; and Environmental Health, with the goal providing students examples of practical applications of the topics.

PhD. Environmental Toxicology. Michigan State University. 1983 
M.S. Chemical Limnology. Michigan State University. 1979 
B.S. Chemistry; Biology; Water Science. Northern Michigan University. 1976

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Certified Industrial Hygienist. 1985-2018 (retired)

Patricia Stock 
Senior Environmental Consultant 
1253 North Church Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057 

Ms. Stock is the Senior Environmental Consultant in Moorestown, NJ. She has industrial and government clients covering the northeast and mid-atlantic states with a broad range of environmental compliance issues. She has over 25 years of experience in the environmental field. Most of her career 
involved managing environmental, health, and safety (EHS) programs for facilities. Her work includes manufacturing, environmental consulting, landfill site engineer, and university environmental compliance. She has taught SUNY Cortland.

MBA, SUNY Empire State College 
BS, Forest Engineering, SUNY ESF

Professional Registration and Affiliation 
CNY Chapter Air & Waste Management Association (Chair 2000-01, Director 1999-2005, 2013-16) 
Order of the Engineer