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Introduction Presentation

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ADDYson Vignola

Plant Engineer for Covanta in Westbury, NY

My name is Addyson Vignola and I am the Plant Engineer for Covanta in Westbury, NY. I started with Covanta in April 2017. My background is in Engineering, where I earned my Bachelor of Engineering ABET accredited degree from SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, NY. I also received my United States Coast Guard 3rd Assistant Engineer License in Unlimited Horsepower Steam, Motors and Gas Turbines. I began working for Con Edison, a utility for New York City while I was still taking classes in college and shortly after graduation I was hired full time as an Operating Mechanic. This position is in charge of maintaining and operating 5 package boilers, balance of plant equipment, water treatment systems and the control room operating system. After a few years, I left Con Edison and became the
Plant Engineer for Covanta, where I am in charge of boiler reliability and outage planning, the lead engineer for boiler inspections, and provide engineering for asset improvement project development for the Hempstead Facility.

See Addyson's Convanta Video here:


Dr. Andrea Ward

Professor and Biology Department Chair at Adelphi University

Dr. Ward is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at Adelphi University. Her research examines the interactions between development, morphology, and locomotion in studying the evolution of body shape in vertebrates. Her subjects of interest are Vertebrate Anatomy, Developmental Biology and Evolution. She received the ODK Academic Advisor Award in 2015. She received a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005, and a BS at Wake Forest University in 2000.

                   See Dr. Ward's presentation here 

Sharon McDonald

Regional Account Engineering Leader

TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants, Clark, NJ

16 years of Fire Protection and Property Loss Control Engineering, helping clients reduce the risk of fire, explosion, flood, earthquake and windstorms. 


Work Experience: 


  • TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants, Clark, NJ July 2012 to present (6 years)

    Regional Account Engineering Leader,

    Prior positions at GRC included Account Engineer and Senior Consultant


  • Loss Control Services, Inc., July 2010 to July 2012

Engineering Consultant


  • Kemper Insurance, September 1991 to November 1999

    Account Executive

    Prior positions at Kemper included Account Underwriter, Account Engineer, and Field Engineer


Education:  BS Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1991

                       See Sharon McDonald's presentation here

Watch the Video Here

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