Three Garden City residents were
selected from a field of many to receive the 2013 "Outstanding Advocates for Science and Technology," February 6th at the historic Westbury Manor. The
recipients are Robert Alvey, Bob Catell and Sean Martins.
The benefit event was for the Science Museum of Long
Island. Executive Director of the SMLI, John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. welcomed guests and keynote remarks were by
Honorable Jon Kaiman, Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead.
Mr. Alvey has nearly 40 years
experience as a geology and earth scientist who has been a consistent advocate
for the advancement of science and technology throughout his career. He is currently the senior geologist for
EPA’s Superfund Division and is responsible for hydrogeologic investigations at
toxic and hazardous waste sites for the protection of human health and the
In 2011, Rob completed a detail
as Special Assistant to the EPA Regional Administrator, Judith Enck. Rob is a former co-chair of the EPA's
Groundwater Forum, and has received numerous EPA awards for his work, in
addition to a letter of commendation from Senator Charles Schumer for his
diligence and vision in addressing a significant groundwater plume affecting
Nassau’s public water districts.
In addition, Rob has over 10
years teaching geology and earth sciences at York College and Kingsborough
Community College (CUNY) where he is an Adjunct Professor.
Rob also is the founder and
President emeritus of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, an innovative and award-
winning program for the “dual use” of a 9- acre Nassau County storm water basin
in Garden City that has been transformed into a bird sanctuary, arboretum and
most importantly an environmental center for educational purposes. For more
information, please go to www.GCBirdSanctuary.org
Mr. Catell is the recipient of
the "2013 S.T.A.R. Award." (Science and Technology Advocate
Recognition) a Lifetime Achievement Salute. He
was the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and
KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. Following National
Grid’s acquisition of KeySpan Corporation, Mr. Catell became Chairman of
National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the
Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook
University, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High
School (formerly Lourdes Academy), Futures in Education Endowment Fund, KEYERA
Energy Management Ltd., and the New York Energy Policy Institute’s Advisory
Mr. Catell serves on the board of many organizations
including the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
(NYSERDA), Brooklyn Community Foundation, City College of New York 21st Century
Foundation, Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, Feinstein Institute for
Medical Research, National Grid Foundation, Long Island Association (LIA),
National Petroleum Council, and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), the
President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University, the Winthrop Hospital Board
of Regents, and the NYU Poly Advisory Committee of the New York City
Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE).
Mr. Catell is a member of the Association of Energy
Engineers, CUNY Business Leadership Council, National Society of Professional
Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Gas
Mr. Catell received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a
registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University’s
Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the
Harvard Business School.
Co- founded in 2001, by Hofstra University graduate,
Sean Martens and Peter LaRocca, SMPL Technologies is a Long Island- based
technology consulting firm which offers its services primarily to the New York
Metro Area. As an all-inclusive solutions provider, SMPL Technologies fits a
unique niche in the information systems industry.
Martens and LaRocca have over 15 years of experience
in the information technology field. They have been able to pass this along to
the SMPL staff, who realize that before engineering a custom-built solution,
the requirements of the client must be fully understood. By personally
communicating with the client beforehand, the staff at SMPL is able to deliver
a personalized, "state-of-the-art" solution, one that is both
functional for today, and scalable for tomorrow.
SMPL provided funding for the event. For more
information, please go towww.SMPLTechnologies.com
Proceeds supported the Science
Museum of Long Island's programs and services for the children and families of
the region. Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1963, SMLI
is a not-for-profit science activity center located in Plandome on the Leeds
Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops
for children on weekdays and during school vacations. It provides teachers and
community leaders with field trips as well as programs that can be brought
onsite to field locations. Activities at the Science Museum are typically
pre-registered hands-on science workshops. Information can be found at www.SMLI.org
(photos by Suzie Alvey)
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