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environmental research engineer

Robert Edward Sommerlad, American environmental research engineer. Certified professional engineer, State of New Jersey, 1964. Recipient Outstanding Achievement award Westfield Young Men’s Christian Association, 1975, Pioneer award American Society Mechanical Engineers Research Committee, 2010.


Sommerlad, Robert Edward was born on August 27, 1937 in Jersey City. Son of Herman Francis and Helen Rita (Joyce) Sommerlad.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1960. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1963. Postgraduate, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1965.


Vice president contract operations Foster Wheeler Development Corporation, Livingston, 1974-1984. President Enviresponse Inc., 1985-1986. Director business development Energy and Environmental Research Corporation, Edison, 1987-1988.

Consultant, 1988-1989. Director environmental business development Midwest Research Institute, Falls Church, Virginia, 1989-1990. Manager combustion technical Research-Cottrell Companies, 1990-1992, consultant, 1992-1993.

Marketing director Parenting Stress Index Powerserve, Andover, Massachusetts, 1993-1994, consultant, program manager, 1994-1995. Consultant Gas Research Institute, Chicago, 1995-1998, General Electric Energy and Environmental Research Corporation, Gurnee, 1998—2003. Private consultant, since 2003.

Consultant College Lake County, GraysLake, Illinois, since 2004. Head air pollution control section Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, Livingston, 1971-1974, development engineer, research associate, 1960-1971. Strategic accountant manager Loesche Energy Systems Ltd., 2005—2008.

Adjunct faculty College Lake County, Grayslake, since 2010, adjunct faculty engineering, maths & physical acuirences division, since 2010. Member coal combustion and applications working group United States Department Energy University San Diego, 1981-1984.


  • Certified professional engineer, State of New Jersey, 1964.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee in field.


Vice president Cranford (New Jersey) Community Pools Parents Association, 1975-1977, 86-87, president, 1977-1979, 84-89. Chairman New Jersey Swimming and Diving Conference, Cranford, 1986-1989. Vice president Stonebrook Crossings Homeowners Association, Gurnee, 1998-2000, president, since 2000.

Committee for family aquatic center Gurnee Park District, 1996-2002. Member department public works committee Village of Gurnee, since 2002. Member St. Paul the Apostle Choir, since 2000, Parish Pastoral Council, 2003-2009.

Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member research committee energy environ & waste since 1971, vice chairman 1972-1974, secretary 1987-1991, member environmental affairs committee 1982-1992, member dioxin committee 1985-1992, member board performance test codes 1986-1997, member emeritus since 1998, chairman boiler-calorimeter committee 1986-1989, numerous committee and conference chairmanships, Certified Achievement, Board on Codes and Standards, 1997). Member(life) Air and Waste Management Association (member AE-1 committee on particulate and associated acid gases, secretary 1991-1994, vice chair 1996), Watchung Amateur Ski Club (member executive board 1986-1987). Board Certified environmental engineer American Academy Environmental Engineer (board trustees 2003-2008).


Married Margaret Doreen Breen, September 9, 1961. Children: Sharon K., Michael E., Ellen J.

Herman Francis Sommerlad

Helen Rita (Joyce) Sommerlad

Margaret Doreen Breen

Sharon K. Sommerlad

Michael E. Sommerlad

Ellen J. Sommerlad