J. Winston Porter

Winston Porter

 B.S. Ch.E. 1960
President, Waste Policy Center

After receiving his bachelor degree from UT Austin, Dr. Porter went on to earn his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1965 from the University at California at Berkeley. After chairing the Chemistry Department during 1965-66 at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Porter worked the next 10 years for the Bechtel organization. He managed Bechtel's environmental department and later served as project manager for the master plan of the $20 billion Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia. He also served as a vice president of several Bechtel affiliates in the Middle East.

In 1976 he created the management and engineering consulting firm of Porter & Associates in Leesburg, Virginia, specializing in environmental issues, regional planning, and Middle Eastern business consulting.

In 1985, Dr. Porter was appointed by President Reagan as assistant administrator for solid waste and emergency response at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he managed the Superfund and other solid and hazardous waste programs, with an annual budget of $2 billion. Among his accomplishments was the establishment of a national goal for recycling 25 percent of the country's municipal solid wastes, which was reached in 1995. Statutory deadlines were also met for permitting more than 500 waste management facilities. Under his direction, a joint EPA-state mechanism was developed to remediate federal facilities such as nuclear weapon sites.

Dr. Porter became president of the Waste Policy Center in Leesburg, Virginia, in 1989. The Center, a private research and consulting organization, provides a range of services to business and governmental. Dr. Porter is also a frequent communicator on environmental issues through reports and speeches as well as op-ed articles in major newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He has written about American and European waste management, federal facilities site remediation, and changes needed to reduce Superfund cleanup times dramatically. Since 1985, he has also testified at some 60 Congressional hearings.

Dr. Porter is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and Tau Beta Pi. He has also served on the advisory committee to the Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin and is a Friend of Alec.

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