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NMSU's Abbas Ghassemi named executive director of WERC

Abbas Ghassemi has been appointed the executive director of the Waste-management Education and Research Consortium (WERC) at New Mexico State University.

Ghassemi replaces Rohinton (Ron) Bhada, who retired in August. Bhada had served as WERC's executive director since its inception in 1990.

"The efforts of the WERC program have been extremely successful in addressing environmental issues that impact the citizens of New Mexico," said Jay Jordan, engineering college dean. "The programs begun by Dr. Bhada will continue to meet critical environmental concerns under the leadership of Dr. Ghassemi."

WERC is a partnership of NMSU, the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Dine College, in collaboration with Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and industrial affiliates. Administered by NMSU's College of Engineering, WERC's mission is to provide state-of-the-art environmental education, technology development and outreach programs to address critical environmental issues.

Ghassemi joined the WERC program in 1991 after completing his doctorate in chemical engineering at NMSU. In his capacity as director of research for WERC, he initiated and directed several innovative programs, including the internationally acclaimed Environmental Design Contest which convenes each year at NMSU and the technology deployment/commercialization initiative.

For more information about WERC, call (800) 523-5996.