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Dr. Laurie LaPat-Polasko Named "An Outstanding Woman in Business”

PHOENIX, AZ – April 12, 2018 – Laurie LaPat-Polasko, PhD, QEP, Vice-President and National Director of Remediation for Matrix New World Engineering, PC (Matrix), was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal, as one of Arizona’s Outstanding Women in Business. This event was held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. LaPat-Polasko was one of just 27 women selected from 280 nominations by a panel of judges. Criteria for this selection included community leadership, professional accomplishments and personal achievements.

To speak with and/or set up an interview with Matrix, please contact Amy Delman, Amy Delman Public Relations, LLC, 201.563.4614 or amydelmanpr@verizon.net

Dr. Laurie LaPat-Polasko has more than 25 years of experience as a technical consultant, project manager and chief science officer for efforts involving groundwater and soil remediation and wastewater treatment. She combines her knowledge of microbiology with a background in civil engineering to develop cost effective remediation solutions for groundwater, surface water, soil and sediments impacted by organic and inorganic compounds. She has performed numerous remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) efforts for complex problems associated with surface waters, groundwater and discharges from sewer systems. She has dealt with contaminants ranging from fluoride and arsenic to chlorinated organics, 1,4-dioxane, explosives and fuel compounds.

She has also performed chemical fingerprinting analyses to establish the source, and fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Called upon to assist with cleanup of numerous Superfund (CERCLA) sites, Dr. LaPat-Polasko has developed, designed and implemented remediation plans for water and soil systems. She has field- and laboratory-tested aerobic and anaerobic methods for treating contaminated groundwater and soil, and has studied the treatment role of various microbial communities. She has taught several graduate courses in water and soil remediation at Arizona State University, and has extensive experience interacting with the US EPA and various state, county and city regulatory agencies in the USA and overseas.

A true trail-blazer, in the early 1980s, Laurie was one of 15 people selected into the Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which led to her affiliation with KTEH Television in San Jose, CA. While there, Laurie produced a documentary on how computers were being used to communicate with dolphins at Marine World Africa USA. During this show, Laurie interviewed Dr. John C Lilly, Founder of the Human Dolphin Foundation and discovered how Dr. Lilly, a neuro physiologist, had developed computer generated ultrasonic sounds to connect with the dolphins. By producing various scientific documentaries for KTEH, Laurie realized how critical it is to create both exciting and clear communication for complex scientific topics.

According to Dr. LaPat-Polasko, “It is very exciting to receive this wonderful recognition. At this stage in my career, I am truly focused on giving back to the community in ways large and small.” The Phoenix Business Journal represents the business community in the Phoenix area and covers the Valley's vibrant and growing businesses.

Formed in 1990, Matrix is a prominent woman-owned full-service engineering and environmental services firm. Matrix is working on a wide range of infrastructure, building and environmental projects for public and private-sector clients throughout the United States. The Florham Park, NJ-based company has offices in Eatontown, NJ, as well as New York City, Louisiana, and Arizona.

For more information on this firm, contact Jayne Warne at 800.747.MATRIX, jwarne@matrixneworld.com




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