HDR’s Martirano, Schafer Selected for SWANA Young Professionals Steering Committee

HDR’s Jeff Martirano and Matt Schafer have been chosen to represent their peers as part of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s Young Professionals Steering Committee. Martirano and Schafer begin their two-year-term alongside HDR’s Karam Singh, a solid waste program manager who’s been a member of the committee for two years.

Serving as a voice for the next generation of waste experts, Martirano and Schafer will provide SWANA’s young professional members with leadership, guidance, knowledge, connections and resources to continue strengthening SWANA’s initiative of young professional development within the solid waste industry. They’ll also participate in the organization’s Mentor Match Program, which helps young members advance their careers through interaction with an experienced solid waste professional.

Jeff Martirano

Martirano is a project manager engineer who is currently serving as the national YP representative for SWANA’s Waste-to-Energy Technical Division, and the YP representative for the New York Chapter. “In my 10-plus years at HDR, I have been fortunate to work on a wide variety of solid waste projects and serve in various roles within SWANA. Our industry lacks YPs, and I’m excited to be a part of the committee as we try to build YP engagement.”

Matt Schafer

Schafer is an environmental designer who is driven by an impulse for problem-solving and hopes to accomplish technical mastery in his career. “What I like most about working in the waste industry is knowing a variety of clients rely on our expertise and competency in an incredibly dynamic field.  Organizations like SWANA are invaluable because they unite all parties of the industry in an order to boost knowledge and make improvements in the way we manage our waste.”

“I’m excited to see both Jeff and Matt stepping up to support not only SWANA, but the development of young professionals in our industry,” HDR Senior Vice President Brett Wolfe said.“ As the waste industry continues to evolve, a combination of new ideas and longtime expertise will be needed to help communities re-envision their waste programs. These two, along with Karam, are driven to help our clients, and transform our industry.”

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.