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About Aeolus

Aeolus was founded in 1997 by Dr. D. Wayne Berman (President), who continues to drive technical innovation and application at Aeolus.  

The Aeolus philosophy is to tackle every problem with a sound technical approach at a level of sophistication that is carefully matched to the needs of the project.  When a project requires something quick and simple, Aeolus offers quick and simple solutions.  When millions of dollars are at stake, Aeolus offers a cost-effective approach that is nevertheless sufficiently sophisticated to minimize the chance of making incorrect decisions.  

At all stages of a project, Aeolus helps its clients in choosing the right path by providing a complete picture of the tradeoffs and potential consequences of each of the available options.  Such strategic planning can save substantial money and resources over the course of the project. 

About Our President

Dr. Berman holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.  He has more than 20 years experience solving environmental problems for both government and private clients.   After graduate school, he joined the group at Clement Associates who pioneered procedures used to perform site risk assessments under the Federal Superfund Program.  Many of these procedures are in common use today and Dr. Berman has been conducting such assessments since the beginning of the program.     For many risk projects, Dr. Berman continues to develop and apply innovative procedures for evaluating chemical fate and transport to estimate exposure and assess risk. 

During his career, Dr. Berman has also evaluated the ways that common practices employed during site characterization potentially contribute to decision errors.  He has conducted and published several studies in this area and has developed procedures for addressing data quality issues so that questionable practices can be identified and refined.  This work includes the development of tools to facilitate broad application of the data quality objective (DQO) process to support design of cost-effective investigations that are carefully integrated with the way that the resulting data are analyzed.   Dr. Berman has also been applying these new procedures at various sites to help clients work smarter and save money.  Applications include (but are not limited to) such things as:

  • design and implementation of cost-efficient yet highly effective field studies that reduce the chance that non-problems will falsely be declared to be problems so that money and resources are not wasted on unnecessary remediation;
  • improved evaluation of remediation needs to better focus and reduce remediation requirements; and
  • improved sampling, analysis, and evaluation to support waste classification for disposal that reduce cost either by reducing the chance that waste is falsely classified as hazardous or by reducing the volume of waste classified as hazardous.

Dr. Berman is a recognized expert in the measurement of asbestos in environmental media, the environmental fate and transport of asbestos, and the assessment of asbestos-related risks.  He has published and presented extensively on these topics and served on several state and federal expert panels addressing asbestos.  Dr. Berman was principal investigator on a $1.2 million EPA project to develop mutually-consistent methods for the determination of asbestos in environmental media and a companion protocol for assessing asbestos-related risks.  The study resulted in publication of an air method, a companion technical background document, and a soil-bulk method.  The risk-assessment protocol was considered in an EPA-sponsored peer-review consultation in February, 2002.  The expert panel generally endorsed the overall approach and recommended additional research to refine some of the details. Both the protocol and the technical background document to the protocol can be viewed or downloaded from this website.  The comments of the peer-review panel can also be viewed or downloaded.  

Dr. Berman has also been applying his methods and protocol to assist with evaluation of sites across the country.