Robert Perkins

Robert Perkins

Objective

Contribute to the public health and welfare by accurately evaluating risks and communicating them to the public: health risks from environmental chemicals to persons and to the environment, financial risks of construction contracting methods and projects, and risks to organizations from changing personnel and training needs.

Education

  • 1994, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Curriculum in Toxicology. Ph.D. Dissertation title: The Toxicokinetics of Inhaled Methanol.
  • 1983, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Master of Science in Engineering Management.
  • 1977, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Master of Civil Engineering.
  • 1972, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.

Service and Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Advisor Award, Masters-level Mentoring (2003)
  • President of the Fairbanks Chapter, Alaska Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE) (1998)
  • Fairbanks Chapter, ASPE, Engineer of the Year Award (1989)
  • Fairbanks Rotary Club, President's Award (1988)
  • Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Member (1984-1989)

Professional Experience

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks,1999 to present: Professor.
  • Arctic Slope Consulting Group (ASCG) 1986-1989 Arctic Slope Consulting Group (ASCG), Manager of Environmental Services, and, 1982-1989 ASCG, Manager of Fairbanks, Alaska, Office. Administrative manager of a branch office of an engineering firm. Technical manager of civil and environmental engineering work. State-wide manager of environmental work.
  • Fairbanks Resident Office, U. S. Army, Corps of Engineers 1995-1998, Industrial Hygienist. Health and Safety Officer for the Corps' hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste (HTRW) operations in interior, and north and west coastal, Alaska. Work required travel to rural Alaska and some interaction with public interest groups in those locations. Collateral duties included being the Environmental Compliance Coordinator for Office.
  • Gulf Interstate Engineering Corp. (GIEC). 1979-1981. Alaska representative of Joint Venture (JV with Michael Baker Corp.) to design the Alaska portion of the Northwest Alaska Gas Pipeline. Cost and Schedule engineering for JV, manager of Alaskan pipeline engineering field programs for GIEC.
  • Various engineering assignments: 1973-1979. Texas, Alaska, California, and Nigeria (West Africa). Work included management, design engineering, cost and schedule, and planning for pipeline, environmental, industrial and marine projects.

Research Interests

  • Oil spill-related engineering and ecological risk analysis.
  • Toxicity of chemicals to marine species.
  • Risk assessments, human health effects and ecological effects, in extreme environments.
  • Risk communications and public acceptance of environmental and engineering projects. Practical project management and training.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Civil Engineer, Alaska (1977).
  • Registered Civil Engineer, California (1976).
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (1996).
  • Alaska Society of Professional Engineers (1979).
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (M-1972, F - 2000).
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist 1988-2006 (Retired status).

Publications

  • Oil Biodegradation by Arctic Marine Microorganisms. Kelly M. McFarlin, Robert A Perkins, and Mary Beth Leigh. Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, June 3 to 5, 2014, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Pp 494 -505.
  • US Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Implementation - Failure Points and Alternatives: Case Study Evaluation. Robin J. Bullock and Robert A. Perkins. Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, June 3 to 5, 2014, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Pp 910-925.
  • Indigenous Communities Participation in Environmental Decisions. Robert A. Perkins and Robin J. Bullock. Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, June 3 to 5, 2014, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Pp 926-941.
  • Thaw Settlement Hazard of Permafrost Related to Climate Warming in Alaska. Eunkyoung Hong, Robert Perkins, and Sarah Trainor. March 2014. ARCTIC. 67(1) p 93-103.
  • Oil spill, August 1944: the CULA expedition and the North Slope Inupiat. Robert A Perkins. Polar Record, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247414000011, Published online by Cambridge University Press, 27 February 2014.
  • The Acute Toxicity of Chemically and Physically Dispersed Crude Oil to Key Arctic Species under Arctic Conditions during the Open Water Season. Gardiner WW, JQ Word, JD Word, RA Perkins, KM McFarlin, BW Hester, LS Word, CM Ray. October 2013. Environ Toxicol Chem 32(10):2284-2300.
  • Knowledge Transfer Needs and Methods. (Report to the Alaska Department of Transportation - Final Report ) Robert A. Perkins and F. Lawrence Bennett. Published by ADOT&PF Research & Technology Transfer and available via http://dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/research/assets/pdf/fhwa_ak_rd_12_26.pdf.
  • Selection of Preservatives for Marine Structural Timbers in Herring Spawning Areas. Robert A. Perkins. Dec-2012 Report to the AKDOT&PF published by ADOT&PF Research & Technology Transfer and available via http://dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/research/assets/pdf/fhwa_ak_rd_12_24.pdf.
  • Alaska College’s Civil Engineering Society, 1929 to 1947, Robert A. Perkins and Xela Indurkhya, Alaska History, Vol 27, no. 1&2, Spring/Fall 2012, pp 49-59.
  • Toxicity of physically and chemically dispersed oil to selected Arctic species. Kelly M. McFarlin and Robert A. Perkins, and William W. Gardiner, Jack D. Word and Jack Q. Word, International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, May 2011, Portland OR.
  • Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Alaska and Experiences and Policy of Other States Regarding its Use. Robert A Perkins and John Hargesheimer. December, 2009 Report to the AKDOT&PF published by ADOT&PF Research & Technology Transfer and available via http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwddes/research/assets/pdf/fhwa_ak_rd_10_01.pdf.
  • Creosote Treated Timber in the Alaskan Marine Environment. Robert A Perkins. December, 2009 Report to the AKDOT&PF published by ADOT&PF Research & Technology Transfer and available via http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwddes/research/assets/pdf/fhwa_ak_rd_09_08.pdf.
  • SERVING FUTURE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS: Succession Planning for a State Department of Transportation Organization, Its People & Mission. Robert A Perkins, F. Lawrence Bennett, and Robert L. McHattie. A report for the Alaska University Transportation Center and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. June 2011.
  • Sources of Changes in Design-Build Contracts for a Governmental Owner, Perkins, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 135:7, July 2009, pp 588-593.
  • To Pull or Not to Pull: Risk Management of Creosote Piles in Marine Waters, Perkins, Robert A., Proceedings of the Thirty-second AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, Calgary, May 2008. Evaluation of Public and Worker Exposure due to Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Gravel Discovered During a Road Construction Project, Perkins, Robert A., Hargesheimer, John, and Vaara, Leah. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene . 5:609-616 (September 2008).
  • Asbestos Release from Whole-Building Demolition of Buildings with Asbestos-Containing Material, Perkins, Robert A., Hargesheimer, John and Fourie, Walter. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 4:12, (2007) 889 – 894
  • Comparative Marine Toxicity Testing: A Cold-water Species and Standard Warm-water Test Species Exposed to Crude Oil and Dispersant. Perkins R.A., Rhoton, S., and Behr-Andres, C. Cold Regions Science and Technology, Volume 42, Number 3 (November 2005), pp. 226-236.