June 21, 2010
Senior Fellow R.K.M. Jayanty to Receive Award for Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Practice
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Senior RTI International Fellow R.K.M. Jayanty, Ph.D., will receive a Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Practice award from Institute of Professional Environmental Practice.
The award will be presented Thursday, June 24, in Calgary, Canada at the annual conference of the Air and Waste Management Association, a participating organization in the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice.
Diana Korbus, executive director of the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice, said Jayanty is being recognized for his “impressive accomplishments,” including research leading to rules and standards paramount to the protection of human health.
Jayanty was also praised for his service to the institute, to other organizations and to fellow environmental professionals, as well as for his dedication to instruction of future environmental professionals at institutions of higher education. His award nomination further noted that he has achieved international recognition for his work.
“Not only does this award underscore Dr. Jayanty’s lifetime contributions to the field of environmental sciences, but Jay is also achieving global recognition for his work on air particulate,” said RTI’s Lead Fellow Edo Pellizzari. “For example, he recently was invited to give a series of presentations on air particulate in China.”
Jayanty has 42 years of experience in the field of environmental analytical chemistry, including significant program management and technical experience with complex multimedia sampling and analysis and method development/evaluation programs. He is recognized as one of the leading scientists in the field of volatile organic compound air toxics and fine particle measurements.
His work for RTI has included managing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that conducts chemical speciation of PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller) filter samples collected in a nationwide network.
He has also developed and validated more than 20 methods used by EPA and industry to measure toxic volatile compounds in ambient air, source emissions, hazardous wastes and consumer products.
During his 32 years at RTI, Jayanty has received several national and international awards from professional societies, including the American Chemical Society and Air and Waste Management Association. He was named a senior fellow in the RTI Fellows program in 2005.
Jayanty also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.
Jayanty earned a docotrate degree in physical chemistry from the University of Bradford, a master's degree in engineering, environmental pollution control from Pennyselvania State University, and both a master's degree and bachelor's degree in chemistry from Andhra University in Waltair, India.
The Institute of Professional Environmental Practice is an independent, not-for-profit certifying organization for the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and the Environmental Professional Intern (EPI) certifications around the world.