Dr. David Spencer earned his B.S. degree in mining and metallurgy at Lafayette College and his Doctor of Science from MIT in materials science and engineering.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board of MIT’s new cross disciplinary Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), is well published and has lectured in the U.S. and abroad on recycling. He has served on numerous NSF Advisory Boards including its SBIR Program, Engineering Directorate, and Business & Operations Directorate also Chairing AC/GPA which oversaw performance of the entire NSF agency on behalf of the National Science Board and the Office of Management and Budget. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and is currently Chair of its Materials Engineering Division. He serves on various corporate boards and non-profit organizations with a major focus on education, and in particular STEM education for women and Under-Represented Minorities.
Dr. Spencer will discuss both the opportunities and illusions of recycling including what is and is not “recyclable” under current market conditions with current technology. His hands-on and management experience includes 10-years working at Raytheon (1971-1981) in the design, construction and operation of large waste processing and composting facilities plus 35-years’ experience working at wTe Corporation (1981-2016) owning and operating various waste-to-energy, mixed materials recycling, plastics and metals recycling facilities. wTe’s UltrePET® subsidiary is a major recycled resin supplier to Pepsi, Coke and Nesli, reclaiming 7-10 million PET soda bottles daily. wTe’s metal recycling businesses shred whole cars (one per minute) and recycle hundreds of tons per day of dirty post-consumer metals of various types from “waste-to-energy” plants. Proprietary Spectramet® and Melt Cognition® technologies deploy new high-speed optoelectronic systems for recycling (developed by wTe and its partners and funded by NSF and NIST). These new technologies achieve materials separations at phenomenal accuracies and speeds and analyze liquid metal’s composition almost instantaneously in-situ.