2019 Speaker Bios

Dr. Fassman – Beck, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Stevens Institute of Technology  – Bio, Ted Talk

Dr. Fassman-Beck’s Living Laboratory for Stormwater Green Infrastructure (GI) is a research and demonstration site on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus. With 47 individual GI systems, custom-built from the ground up to measure real-world results, the Living Laboratory is dedicated to engineering GI solutions for urban stormwater challenges. The Living Laboratory’s current inventory includes 4 bioretention planters, 38 pilot-scale green roof systems (plus 2 “conventional” pilot-scale roofs), and 3 rain gardens, along with ~100 sensors. Generating quantitative hydrologic and water quality performance data to advance GI design, modeling, and policy is at the heart of the Living Laboratory. Multi-disciplinary efforts engage Software Engineers for Big Data manipulation and Stevens’ Center for Innovation in Engineering Science and Education to engage the next generation of sustainable development professionals via K-12 STEM education initiatives.

Mark Palmer, HDR  – Bio, Article

Mark Palmer, HDR

Mark Palmer has been designing, constructing and maintaining porous pavements for more than 20 years. His involvement in porous pavements has been widespread, including participating in the establishment of the Washington Stormwater Center, Permeable Pavement Task Force specification development, and more recently as a technical advisor to Greenroads International. As City Engineer for the City of Puyallup, he led dozens of porous pavement projects and the establishment of permeable pavements as the standard rather than exception for new or reconstructed pavements. Mark currently is employed with HDR, Inc. at their Olympia, WA office as a Senior Transportation Project Manager.

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