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Lisa Berta

Advisor

Role and Company

Radiation Control Engineer, AECOM

Expertise

23 years experience in science & energy

Location

Schenectady, NY

About Lisa

I will get a current photo to provide - don't worry about that and I do exist. The picture is an example of the computer-based radiation modeling that is part of my current position.

I've worked in the environmental restoration and waste disposal side of nuclear energy and hazardous waste since graduating college with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Niagara University. The career has taken me to sites around our nation, and introduced me to the worlds of commercial industry, USACE and US DOE.

It has given me an appreciation for states' rights in action. While there may be a federal rule governing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) disposal, many states have enacted state-specific rules for PCBs on remediation, documentation and reporting, requiring a thoughtful approach when planning work, transportation and disposal.

My father was a volunteer fireman, and in the early 1980's, there was a fire at feed mill in town. Not realizing the hazards from the decomposition productions of fertilizers, pesticides and other products, some firemen were not adequately protected with self contained breathing apparatus and suffered temporary to permanent lung and organ damage. My desire from that time was a career where I could help prevent harm to workers in hazardous environments. It wasn't until after college I learned about about the fields of hazardous materials management and industrial safety, where I have worked ever since.

Outside of work, I'm a fantastic aunt to many nieces and nephews and enjoy knitting, genealogy and fiction. Newly relocated back to Upstate New York from West Texas, trees, water and the outdoors will be fill my weekends. Formerly, I was a volunteer firefighter/EMT and member of the Veteran Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS) representative at the Denver, CO VA hospital.

I look forward to finding a path together with you.

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