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SYLVIA HOOD WASHINGTON, MSE, PHD, ND, MPH

1N544 Bobolink Drive, Winfield, IL 60190 * (630) 690-5420 * sewhood@uic.edu

Target: Risk Assessment, Consultant, and/or Environmental Studies


Well-educated, articulate, and highly experienced Professor and Senior Environme
ntal Systems Engineer seeking to apply talents and expertise within Consulting,
Risk Assessment, and Environmental Studies. Impressive scientific knowledge and
superior research, analysis, technical documentation, and report writing skills
. Expert communicator, instructor, and presenter who is comfortable presenting
to small or large groups. Significant strengths in:
Research and Analysis Environmental Health Occupational Hea
lth
Laboratory Management Technical Documentation Risk Assessment
Regulatory Compliance Quality Assurance Quality Control
Statistical Analysis Team Building & Training Project Management
Presentations Client Relations Business Consulting

NON-PROFIT & GRANT EXPERIENCE


National Science Foundation (2006 - Present)
Engineering, Infrastructure, and Environmental Justice
* Provided services as part of grant awarded through NSF's Science and Society D
ivision to support completion of a third monograph that examines the historical
intersections of engineering and public infrastructures with disparities in envi
ronmental health and environmental justice claims throughout the Great Lakes reg
ion.
* Avid supporter of Engineering and Environmental Ethics Workshops at Northweste
rn University within the Environmental Engineering Department.
Illinois Humanities Council Steering Committee (2007 - Present)
Committee Member
* Contributing as a committee member for the "Running on Empty: Conversations on
Oil and Water".
Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. (2002 - Present)
Project Director Environmental Health/Justice
* Appointed in 2003 as National Project Director for Knights of Peter Claver, In
c., an Environmental Justice and Health Project.
* Participated in initiation and development of national environmental justice o
ral history and literacy program for the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc., that was
the largest black Catholic lay organization in the world.
* Wrote a five year grant for Environmental Health and Justice that was accepted
for funding by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Environmental Justice Of
fice starting in November 2002.
Illinois Humanities Council/National Endowment for the Humanities (2004 - 2005)
Project Director and Grant Writer
* Recipient of $10,000 grant to develop environmental health documentary sponsor
ed by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Knights of Peter Claver and DePa
ul University.
Vincentian Endowment Fund (2004 - 2005)
Participant
* Administered a $3,000 grant to support development of an Environmental Justice
and Health Documentary in conjunction with the IHC/NEH and USCCB Grants.
SYLVIA HOOD WASHINGTON, MSE, PHD, ND, MPH
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Illinois Humanities Environmental Scholar (2003 - 2004)


Scholar
* People and the Environment and Arcadian Dreams addressed interrelationships be
tween people, the natural environment, and public health consequences.

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE
NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH (1986 - 1992)
Senior Environmental Systems Engineer (1990 - 1992)
* Determined potential benefits and costs to the public associated with nuclear
propulsion development.
* Utilized extensive risk assessment and decision analysis tools and completed i
n-depth studies.
Electrical Engineer (1987 - 1990)
* Developed risk analysis and decision tools that determined environmental impac
ts of fires above future shuttle missions.
Power Systems Engineer, NASA Consulting Engineer (Sverdrup Technology) (1986 - 1
987)
* Developed mathematical models and decision software to determine impacts of te
chnological designs.
Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Cleveland, OH (1980 - 1986)
Environmental Instrumentation and Control Engineer (1983 - 1986)
* Designed and modified engineering designs at fossil fueled fire plants and ens
ured compliance with local, state, and national environmental regulations relati
ve to air, water and solid, hazardous, and toxic wastes.
Plant Environmental Engineer, Lake Shore Plant (1982 - 1983)
* Ensured daily environmental compliance of the 250 MW fossil fuel fired plant i
n all environmental phases relative to air, water, toxic, hazardous, and solid w
astes; as well as OSHA.
Corporate Environmental Chemist (1980 - 1982)
* Provided technical interpretation and implementation of the Resource, Conversa
tion, and Recovery Act, as well as the Toxic Substance Control Act for fossil fu
el fired plants.

ACADEMIC & TEACHING EXPERIENCE


University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (2006 - Present)
Research Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Div
ision
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (2006 - Present)
NSF Science and Society Scholar
Environmental Justice Journal, Mary Ann Liebert Publishing Company (2007 - Prese
nt)
Editor in Chief
University of Maryland On-Line (2005 - Present)
Adjunct Full Professor, History
DePaul University (2003 - 2005)
Adjunct Professor: Environmental Ethics & History of Environmental Justice in 20
th Century America
SYLVIA HOOD WASHINGTON, MSE, PHD, ND, MPH
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Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL (2000 - 2005)
Full Professor, Physical Sciences/Chemistry (2000 - 2005)
Associate Professor, Physical Sciences/Chemistry (1997 - 2000)
Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences/Chemistry (1994 - 1996)

EDUCATION
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health (2008)
MPH Epidemiology
Coursework: Biostatistics, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Epidemiology of Inf
ectious Disease, Genetics Epidemiology, Epidemiological Methods, SAS, GIS, and Q
ualitative Methods. CAPSTONE was focused on the integration of qualitative and
quantitative methods to study the etiology of environmental health disparities.
Clayton College of Natural Health, Birmingham, AL (2002)
ND, Doctorate of Naturopathy (With Honors)
Research emphasis on Environmental Health, Environmental Illnesses (Asthma and M
ultiple Chemical Sensitivity) and their relationship to industrial and scientifi
c developments in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (2000)
Ph.D, History of Science, Technology and the Environment. (With Honors)
Dissertation, Packing Them In: A Twentieth Century Working Class Environmental
History. A comparative history of early environmental activism in working class
Eastern European communities in Chicago (1890-1930) and working class African Am
erican communities in Cleveland, Ohio (1920-1972) stemming from environmental an
d public health problems exacerbated by engineering systems and building infrast
ructures. Comprehensive exams: environmental history, history of science, histor
y of technology and twentieth century American history.
Phi Alpha Theta; Epsilon Pi Tau
CWRU History Department, Doctoral Fellowship (1995-2000);

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (1987)


MSE, Systems Engineering
Master Thesis: Optimal Load Management for the Space Station's Power System. A d
ecision analysis mathematical model and computer simulation program using intege
r programming to examine the benefits and costs associated with managing a low e
arth orbit space power system.
Coursework: Introduction to Optimization, Systems Simulation, Modern Control En
gineering, Optimization of Dynamic Systems, Nonlinear Programming/Extensions, Le
gal, Economic and Social Aspects of Resource Management, and Engineering Economi
cs and Financial Accounting.
CWRU Systems Engineering Department, Society of Women Engineers Graduate Scholar
ship (1984-1985)
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (1980)
AB., Pre-Medicine and Communications
Weinberger Scholarship (1978-1980)
Detailed Listing of Presentations and Publications will be Provided Upon Request