2009-2010

WPI Student Aids in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Cleanup

Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Marco Kaltofen was featured in the national and local news media for his assistance in the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup effort.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Marco Kaltofen was featured in a front-page article in the June 22, 2010 (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette about local people helping in the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup effort.

Kaltofen, who also received his master's degree from WPI in October 2009, was interviewed about his experiences with analyzing tar balls, air quality samples, and water samples for chemical compounds that are unique to the BP oil well field. As a field engineer for the past 30 years, Kaltofen has worked on hundreds of chemical spills and dozens of oil spills, including work done in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the Telegram & Gazette article, NBC Nightly News  also featured Kaltofen in a segment regarding the oil spill on their June 21 broadcast.

June 23, 2010

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu