Dr. Rozich has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of environmental and sustainability consulting, project management, and technology development and deployment. He has worked in the public sector, academia, consulting, and technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Delaware and Maryland and a diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineering. He received a research award from the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association. He has developed and applied new methodologies for designing and operating biotreatment systems that treat toxic, hazardous, and difficult-to-degrade wastes.
Notable technological contributions include the development, implementation and deployment of predictive modeling methods for improving the design and operation of bioconversion systems. He led pioneering efforts to implement bioconversion systems that economically increase conversion rates, lower disposal requirements, and increase energy and renewables production for bioconversion systems. One industrial system has treated over 7,000 tons of organics and COD without making any organic residues requiring disposal. He has directed overall design and implementation of innovative waste treatment systems domestically as well as in Asia and Europe. This has resulted in almost a $200 million installation base for the company’s technology architecture.
He is now leading BioConversion Solutions efforts to apply its technology for making biofuels and other numerous renewable energy applications. Rozich is the holder of several patents in waste treatment technology. He is the author of over 80 technical publications and presentations and three books. He is currently Chief Science Officer for In-Pipe Technology out of Chicago, Illinois and resides in West Chester, PA with his wife, Gemma. He has two grown children, Anton and Adrienne.
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What do you do best?
One, Dr. Rozich is a skilled technologist capable of integrating a multitude of disciplines to solve complex problems. This includes understanding the problem and determining appropriate solution criteria for that problem. This skill set is particularly necessary for tackling the complex and diverse situations that now predominate in the sustainability and climate change space.
Two, Dr. Rozich is an effective communicator in both written and oral media. He is equally comfortable in the Ph.D. world of advanced technology as well as being able to articulate complicated technical scenarios to the “man in the street” using plain English. He has given several radio interviews, writes blog pieces, is proficient with powerpoint presentations, and because of his academic background, is capable of writing technical articles and books. A link to one of his recent (10 minute) radio interviews on his new book is given as follows, http://1320wils.com/assets/files/6-16-15%20Alan%20Rozich.mp3.
What makes you the best?
First, I was blessed to have good teachers, mentors, colleagues, friends, and family. I was also fortunate to have the training and the practical experience that allowed me to develop and apply technology. I was able to learn academically from well-trained professors but was also privileged to have real world seasoning with experienced professionals operating in the “trenches”. This unique career lesson enabled me to transition from the “theoretical” world to the “real” one seamlessly. It is interesting to discover that having the ability to intertwine the discipline of academic analysis with the blunt requirements of a practitioner strengthens one in both arenas.
How will you stay the best?
William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War general defined courage as follows, “Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.” One can have all the best training and a plethora of talent, but without courage and the prescience to adroitly assess the hazards of the task at hand, one risks being incarcerated in a morass of mediocrity. The biggest danger that humanity has is to not take any chances when addressing our sustainability, environmental, and resource challenges. To become the best, one has to summon every fiber of acumen and fuse it with grounded aplomb confident that the danger is endurable and the rewards are bountiful.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: I would like to be for sustainability/environment/global warming, etc. what Michio Kaku is for astrophysics, space science, etc. Dr. Kaku writes books, appears on such shows as “The Universe”, and he is a straight talking guy who cuts through the nonsense and makes it real and understandable for everyone. That’s what I would like to do for the sustainable space and use my book, other writings, etc. as the launch platform. I have plenty of “combat experience” in the trenches and think that this helps with credibility and legitimacy. I am also confident in my communications skills in various media.
Business: To see the interests of business and the environmental movement be aligned and synchronized. Human civilization needs to face the “undiscovered country” of renewable resources. The need, or impending reality, that the world economies will likely be compelled to implement a renewable-based economy may be the most inconvenient of “other inconvenient truths”. It should also be noted that the madness of the continued relentless pursuit of a supply-based crisis is not the only consideration. The wanton squandering of precious limited resources, similar to what occurs with marauding swarms of locusts whose plagues wrought devastation on human environs, has resulted in egregious and inefficient resource use. This inefficient utilization of resources has resulted in copious emissions that have polluted the earth’s ecosystems putting our environment at a precarious precipice. Nevertheless, as pointed-out by the McKinsey Group and others, diminishing resources also have the potential to wreak economic havoc. The summary arguments for segueing to a renewable-based economy inexorably link two societal constraints that have previously been thought to be mutually exclusive:
• Economic integrity needed for the sustainability of human civilization
• Environmental integrity needed for the sustainability of human civilization
What has previously been widely perceived as a banal oxymoron, that is, the pursuit of practices that are required to sustain economic stability which happens to concomitantly sustain environmental stability and vice-versa, now appears to be an imminent reality. Who would have ever thought that Wall Street and the Sierra Club could be “joined-at-the hip” in a new operational paradigm that society will likely be compelled to adopt.
What fascinates you?
Science, the Arts, History, particularly aspects with any features that are counter-intuitive.
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
Ludwig van Beethoven, Marcus Aurelius
Anything produced by or from naturally occurring organism.
Changing the discussion about climate change and global warming to one concerning the mission of providing authentic resource security using renewables.
Persuading all parties that business and the private sector, not government, will lead the way to responsibly address our environmental and sustainability challenges.
Leveraging microorganisms, what H.G. Wells called, “the humblest things that God in his wisdom has put upon the Earth”, to play a major role with implementing our sustainability initiatives.
Promoting the message to all that there is hope for our planet. The climate change fatalists embrace a morose, defeatist dialogue. Sustainable champions will emerge from unexpected sectors of society rendering the fatalists irrelevant.