GeorgePNassos250x286George P. Nassos, Ph.D., M.S. is principal of George P. Nassos & Associates (www.georgepnassos.com), a consulting company focusing on renewable energy and environmental sustainability. He also leads Sustainable Energy Systems (www.ses-il.com), marketing a new waste-to-energy technology. For 14 years, he was Industry Associate Professor and the Director of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program at Illinois Institute of Technology’s business school until he retired in 2011. He had been teaching the sustainability capstone course since 1999 and, as a result, he has about 300 graduates/disciples preaching sustainability worldwide. Research for the capstone course resulted in writing “Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage”, published by John Wiley and Son.

Prior to academia, he worked 15 years for Chemical Waste Management, developing unique treatment and disposal technologies including fuel pellets from non-recyclable waste, and 16 years for International Minerals & Chemical Corp. in various managerial positions, the last four years in Germany and The Netherlands. He earned a B.S. (U of Illinois), M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Northwestern U.) and an MBA from Northwestern-Kellogg.

Education

MBA – Operations Management/Finance, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 1972.

Ph.D. – Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1965.

M.S. – Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1963.

B.S. – Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, IL, 1961.

Professional History

sustainabilitybook3George P. Nassos was an Associate Industry Professor and Director of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology from 1997 to 2011.  He was also Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, a center founded at Stuart to be a resource for projects directed toward achieving sustainability in Chicago’s economic community.   He was with the Stuart School of Business since 1997.  Based on the capstone course he was teaching, recently published a book, “Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage”.

Sustainable Energy Systems, LLC (www.ses-il.com), President, 2008 to present.  Company focusing on the marketing and distribution of a new, unique waste-to-energy system that is for on-site use or transportable.  The technology was developed by AgriPower, Inc (www.agripower.com) and is 80% efficient while generating 200 to 600 kW of electrical energy in addition to thermal energy.

George P. Nassos & Associates, Inc., (www.georgepnassos.com) President, Glenview, Illinois 1996 to present.  Environmental/sustainability/energy consulting based on 15 years of business- and process-development experience in the hazardous and solid waste industry, and 14 years focusing on sustainable strategies for companies to develop, extend or maintain a competitive advantage.  Also specializing in the production of fuel from renewable sources, particularly nonrecyclable solid waste, environmental business assessments, wind energy and sustainable strategies.

Cemtech L.P., Director - Fiber Fuels Division, Westchester, Illinois 1992 to 1995.  Cemtech was a limited partnership owned by Chemical Waste Management, Inc. and Holnam Inc.  The primary business was converting liquid and solid wastes to fuel.

Chemical Waste Management, INC., (CWM)Oak Brook, Illinois 1981 to 1992.  The company was engaged in the environmental management of hazardous waste.  Held increasingly responsible positions in developing treatment technologies into profitable businesses.  Major accomplishments included the development of a tank car cleaning system for GATX, paint sludge treatment systems for automobile assembly plants, PCB disposal treatment systems, and the ocean incineration of hazardous organic liquids

International Minerals & Chemical, Northbrook, Illinois 1965 to 1981.  This company produced and marketed agricultural and industrial chemical products.

  • Managing Director of Nyma B.V. (Nijmegen, Netherlands), 1979 to 1980, $15 million/year manufacturer of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC).  Successfully turned business around from $200,000 and $1.1 million losses in successive years to eventual $1.5 million profit.  Negotiated successful sale of this business as IMC began its divestment of the chemical business.
  • Director - European Marketing for IMC Chemie GmbH (Cologne, Germany), 1976 to 1979.  Producer and marketer of nitroparaffin chemicals.  Developed technical marketing staff and distributor network resulting in a 15-20% annual increase in sales.

Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois 1972 to 1976.  Adjunct professor in Operations Management Department, Graduate School of Business, M.B.A. Program.

Academic Concentrations and Research Interests

  • Environmental Management
  • Renewable energy – wind power, waste to energy
  • Carbon management
  • Sustainable strategies

Contributions to Teaching

  • Loyola University – Chicago, MBA Program
  • Fortran IV for Management, Winter ‘72/’73
  • Quantitative Methods for Management, Fall ’72, Spring ‘73
  • Managerial Statistics, Winter ‘73/’74, Fall ‘75
  • Business Statistics & Linear Programming, Spring ’74, Spring ‘75
  • Production Planning & Control, Spring ‘76
  • IIT – Stuart School of Business
  • Business Strategy for Environmental Managers – 1997-99
  • Business Strategy: The Sustainable Enterprise – 1999 to 2011
  • Applied Mathematics for Environmental Managers – 1997 to 2011
  • Energy, Environment and Economics – 2009 to 2011

Intellectual Contributions

“A Sustainable Education”, green@work Magazine, September/October 2001

“Rules for a Sustainable Enterprise: Applying a Product Responsibility Strategy to Real Businesses”, 2002 BELL Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, July 18-20, 2002

“An Illinois Wind Turbine in Chicago: A New Technology to Energize a Large City”, Energizing America’s Cities Conference, Chicago, IL, September 19-20, 2002

“A Sustainable Environment: Our Obligation to Protect God’s Gift”, Presentation to the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee for Science and Technology, Brookline, MA, October 18-19, 2002.

“Using Wind to Gain Independence: An Integrated Wind and Solar Power Generating System”, Windustry, Minneapolis, MN, November 21-22, 2002.

“A New Wind Turbine Technology to Generate Electricity/Hydrogen”, Hydrogen Infrastructure/Midwest Renewable Energy Workshop, Chicago, IL, June19-20, 2003.

“A Traditional Environmental Management Program for the Future”, Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities Conference, Monterrey, Mexico, June 9-11, 2004.

“Creating Sustainable Success”, Green Plants Seminar, Chicago Manufacturing Center, Chicago, IL, December 17, 2004

 “Developing Comprehensive Enterprise Models for A Sustainable Future”, With JohnPaul Kusz, International Conference On Business Economics, Management And Marketing, Athens Institute For Education And Research, Athens, Greece, June 16-18, 2005.

“A Sustainable Future: Being Competitive While Being Environmentally Conscious”, presentation to GeoSyntec, Chicago, February 2006

“Small Business, Big Changes: Focusing on Sustainability, A Small Business Drives Innovation Internally and Policy in its Sector”, With JohnPaul Kusz, 9th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation, “Science, Society and Sustainability”, Santorini, Greece, 18-21 June 2006

“Convergence of Sustainability and Nanotechnology”, Chicago Nano Forum, Illinois Institute of Technology, October 2006

“The Depletion of Our Fossil Fuels is Not the Only Reason for Conserving Energy”, Lake County Clean Air Counts Forum, Deerfield, Illinois, February 2007.

“Supply Chain Sustainability: The Fragility Index”, With Peter Stonebraker and Joel Goldhar, Production and Operations Management Society, Dallas, Texas, May 2007

“USGBC and LEED: An Overview of Green Buildings”, Society of American Military Engineers Lake Michigan Post, Highland Park, Illinois, May 2007

“Strategies for a Sustainable Environment”, Sustainable Days 2007 at National Technical University of Athens; Athens, Greece, May 2007

“Current Exploration: The Energy Equation”, Sustainable Days 2007 at National Technical University of Athens; Athens, Greece, May 2007

“A Summary of Sustainable Strategies”, presentation to GeoSyntec, Chicago, June 2007

“The Role of Stewardship in Protecting Our Environment”, Conference on Orthodoxy and the Natural Environment, St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA, October 25-28, 2007

“Achieving a Sustainable Environment”, National Fluid Power Association Conference Breakfast Speaker, Wheeling, IL, December 6, 2007.

“Sustainable Strategies for Architects and Engineers”, Wight & Co. Luncheon Speaker, Darien, IL, December 13, 2007.

“Sustainable Strategies for a Sustainable Environment”, Lecture at the Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, February 5, 2008.

“The Heart of the Problem: The Environment”, Annual Have-A-Heart Fund-Raising Dinner, Des Plaines, IL, February 12, 2008.

“Stepping Toward Sustainability”, Presentation to the Annual Faculty Development Workshop, Benedictine University, May 8, 2008

“Coca Cola Enterprises: The Making of a Sustainable Company”, Presentation at the Coca Cola Enterprises Midwest Sales and Marketing Meeting, Skokie, IL, June 4, 2008.

“Our Obligation to Protect Future Generations Against Climate Change”, Presentation at 39th Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, Washington, DC, July 15, 2008.

“Action Plan for Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility”, Presentation at the annual Billion Dollar Company CEO Roundtable for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, Chicago, IL, October 15, 2008

“Strategies for Marketing ‘Green’ or Being Sustainable”, Presentation at the Chicago Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Chicago, IL, October 22, 2008.

“The Social, Cultural and Religious Issues for Protecting Our Environment”, Presentation at Sustainability Conference, Kifisia, Greece, January 15, 2009.

“Sustainable Strategies for a Sustainable Environment”, Lecture at the Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, March10, 2009.

“Weak Links in the Supply Chain: Measuring Fragility and Sustainability”, With Peter Stonebraker and Joel Goldhar, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2009

“The Urgency for Adopting Sustainable Strategies”, Presentation at the CSR Practitioners Workshop offered by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence, Hotel Monaco, Chicago, September 1, 2009.

“An Innovative Program on Sustainability”, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, September 21, 2009

“Credit a Solution to Sustainability”, keynote speaker at National Association of Credit Managers Midwest conference “Going Green”, Rolling Meadows, IL, October 14, 2009.

“Sustainable Strategies for Entrepreneurs”, presentation at 2009 Energy Day – Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable World, Northwestern University, November 7, 2009.

“Sustainable Strategies for a Sustainable Environment”, Lecture at the Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, March 9, 2010

“Earth, Wind and Music”, Keynote speaker at first eco-music-festival to promote protection of the environment, Old Olympia, Greece, July 15-18, 2010

“Roundtable: Sustainability as an Academic Discipline”, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, October 2010.

“Planning and Integrating Sustainability at Universities”, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 12, 2010

“Sustainable Strategies for a Sustainable Environment”, Lecture at the Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, March 15, 2011

“New Transportable Waste-to-Energy System”, Waste Expo, Dallas, TX, May 9, 2011

“What the C-Suite Needs to Know About Sustainability”, Illinois Technology Association, Chicago, IL, May 19, 2011

“What is Sustainability and What is the Urgency”, Seminar Series for LM-A&WMA, Chicago, IL, March 1, 2012

“Ten Sustainable Strategies for a Competitive Advantage”, Seminar Series for LM-A&WMA, Chicago, IL, March 22, 2012

“How Are Companies Benefiting from Sustainability”, Seminar Series for LM-A&WMA, Chicago, IL, April 12, 2012

“The Halki Summit and Beyond”, Presentation based on Halki Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, June 18-20, 2012

“The Urgency of Adopting Sustainability”, Presentation to Seyfarth & Shaw, Chicago, IL, July 25, 2012

“Strategies and Technologies for Satisfying the Urgency to Adopt Sustainability”, Keynote Address at National Technical University of Athens Conference 9PESXM, Athens, Greece, May 23, 2013

“The Urgency of Adopting Sustainability”, Presentation to Burns & McDonnell, Downers Grove, IL, July 23, 2013

“Managing Waste Disposal and Energy Generation On Site”, A&WMA Boiler MACT Conference, Chicago, IL, August 22, 2013

“Protecting God’s Gift: The Environment”, Metropolis Clergy Laity Conference, Sioux City, IA, October 3-4, 2013”

“Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage”, Published by John Wiley & Sons, December 2013.

Research Support/Grants

Small Wind Turbine Grants:  Received $130,000 in grants from Chicago Department of Environment, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Illinois Department of Commerce and Equal Opportunity, Exelon Corporation and Meade Electric to install a unique small wind turbine in downtown Chicago.

Exelon Sustainable Business Grant:  Received $50,000 unrestricted grant from Exelon Corporation to be used over five years in sustainable business activities, April 2004.

US AID ALO Grant:  Awarded a $500,000 grant from the US AID Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development for “Innovative Training for Pollution Prevention and Efficient Energy Use”.  The grant is in cooperation with ITESM, the number one university in Mexico, and it will allow students and graduates from the university to be trained at IIT-Stuart.  Also, Stuart faculty will teach in Mexico.

Exelon-PECO Project:  Received $30,000 grant from Exelon to map environmentally sensitive areas over PECO’s service area in Pennsylvania.  This will allow PECO to visualize the impact of proposed expansions on the environment.

Professional Activities

Member of Board of Directors for Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management, 2001 to 2014.

Member of Board of Directors for American Quality Schools, a management operating company for charter schools, 2002 to present.

Member of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources subcommittee of the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee for Science and Technology, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, New York, NY, 2003 to present.

Judge for final presentations at Innovate Illinois, June 2006

Judge for the City of Chicago Green Works Awards for 2006.

Judge for the City of Chicago Green Works Awards for 2007.

Member City of Chicago Green Business Task Force, 2009

Member of Board of Directors, Ambassador Organics, 2009 to present

Member of Board of Advisors, GreenChoice Bank, 2009 to present

Member of Board of Advisors, Urban Ponics, 2009 to present

Member of External Advisory Board of UIC’s Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, 2010 to present

Member of Advisory Board to the “Decision Making in Climate Change” Certificate Program sponsored by Northwestern University, University of Washington, University of British Columbia, & University of California-Irvine, 2011

Administration and University Service

Director of MS in Environmental Management & Sustainability program – 1997 to 2011

Director – Center for Sustainable Enterprise – 2000 to 2011

Chairman of Sustainable University Advisory Committee – 2005 to 2006.

Chairman of Graduate Program and Curriculum Committee – 2006

Chairman of Strategic Planning Committee – 2006

Member of MBA/EMBA Committee – 2006

Member of External Affairs Committee – 2006

Professional Honors, Listings, and Awards

Perry Fisher Award for service to Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association – 2005

Mayor Daley’s GreenWorks Awards Finalist for Community Leadership Award, October 2010

Creating Wealth By Sharing Wealth - Nationwide University Essay sponsored by the Foundation for Enterprise Development:  2nd Place: Douglas Ashburn, MBA candidate, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Professor: George Nassos (out of 435 submittals), February 14, 2011

Lifetime Hellene Award – Presented by the Illinois Hellenic Bar Association at its 64th Annual Scholarship Ball, Chicago, IL, November 8,2014

Professional Societies

Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association, member since 1998, member of Board of Directors since 2001.

Civic and Community Activities

University of Illinois Orthodox Christian Alumni Association, member of Board of Directors since 2002; President – 2006/08.

Active member of SS Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Glenview, IL.  Director of youth athletic programs 1984-2003.  Member of the Parish Council 2006 to 2009, 2013 to present