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Board of Directors

DR. ROBERT MARQUEZ is the Director of Research and Development at iCATIS. Robert received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from New Mexico State University in 1981 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Marquez's focus is in the design and use of appropriate technology and chemistry for economically limited peoples of the earth. Dr. Marquez's main research interests are in the application of natural materials i.e. clay minerals, zeolites, brucites, sand, etc. for the adsorption and remediation of organic and inorganic pollutants in the environment. He is developing inexpensive water purification and contaminant detection systems, safe methods for firing combustible solid wastes with low technology brick kilns. Dr. Marquez has designed a low technology brick kiln system that decreases the amount of air pollution (>80%) while decreasing fuel consumption (>50%) and the labor required to fire the bricks (one less person/firing). Dr. Marquez has been working with renewable energy for over three decades, including tremendous background in solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal energy systems. He has constructed solar collectors, trombe walls, and has over a decade of experience in development of low cost insulative building materials, including papercrete and rastrablocks. Previously, Dr. Marquez worked for Bechtel Power Corporation and Public Service of New Mexico, was a lead engineer for the Hewlett-Packard Company, taught at Navajo Community College where he helped to develop the NSF funded Native American Science Scholars Program, and worked at Los Alamos National Labs.

DR. MARK PITTERLE has over 15 years of hands-on field and consulting experience in design, construction, and installation of sustainable energy and water treatment systems. At iCATIS, Mark focuses on development of appropriate technologies that optimize local resources, reuse, and ensure project goals meet the community’s prioritized needs. Previously, Mark has been the project lead for participatory solar and handmade windmill construction workshops & installations in the US and in India, assisted water filter training in Haiti, and coordinated weatherization improvements, solar lighting, and papercrete installations in Native American communities. Mark has also led a wide range of appropriate technology installations including construction and installation of anaerobic digesters, alcohol fuel stills, wood gasifiers, water and wastewater treatment systems, and other waste-to-energy technologies. Using Mark’s extensive doctoral experience in life cycle assessment (LCA), greenhouse gas (GHG) management, zero waste, and waste-to-energy, all iCATIS projects undergo extensive local community participatory planning and triple bottom line evaluation to ensure project outcomes meet the community’s needs and optimize local resources. Mark’s goal is to ensure all iCATIS projects and hands-on construction workshops create customized business plans that are economically self-sustaining following completion, through the creation of career pathways, local business markets, and micro-enterprise.