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dr. freda porter, President and ceo

Freda PorterDr. Porter is President and CEO of Porter Scientific. She is one of the few American Indian women who have earned a doctorate in Mathematical and Computational Sciences. She has been featured in a PBS documentary film and has been honored by the North Carolina Equity Commission.

Dr. Porter focused her research on the problem of natural biodegradation of contaminants, specifically in gasoline spills. She has an outstanding academic record that supports her work in Environmental and Information Technology related services.

Since her departure from academia in 1997 to lead Porter Scientific, she has diversified its business offerings to include Environmental Consulting and Construction Management, been awarded two Blanket Purchase Agreements for Environmental Services, a SeaPort-E award, a GSA IT contract vehicle, three EPA Brownfields Assessment awards, an EPA Brownfields Job Training award, a SECRET Facility Clearance, as well as a pending ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Porter has extensive experience addressing Environmental and IT issues at DoD facilities, other government organizations and industry. Porter also has experience with HAZMAT Transport and Disposal, Emergency Response, GIS Mapping of Infrastructure, Water and Sewer Construction Management, Regulatory Compliance, Information Technology and Environmental Services and Consulting, and Training and Outreach. The staff also has a high level of experience with technology transition, sustainable installations policy and procedures, as well as homeland security and National defense programs. Porter Scientific management has been involved in Noise Modeling and Simulation with NASA Langley Research Center, as well as Groundwater contamination research and Brownfields Job Training with EPA.

Dr. Porter is an IT professional with proven business acumen in project management and operations and more than thirty years of teaching, research, consulting and management experience in support of her role. She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science minor from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from DUKE University.

Listing of Projects

  • Emergency Spill Response contract for Pope AFB (URS)
  • UST Removal and Remediation at Pope AFB (Picerne)
  • Environmental Services at Fort Bragg and Pope AFB (American States Utility Services)
  • Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Environmental Services – Camp Lejeune, NC
  • Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Environmental Services – MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  • Monitor, Test, Treat, Repair & Report Water Quality for Industrial Water Treatment Program - Robins AFB, GA
  • Polyurea Coating of Concrete Industrial Water Basins – Robins AFB, GA
  • Groundwater Monitoring and Phase IV Landfill Expansion Support – Robeson County, NC
  • Water Quality Sampling (SERDP), Camp Lejeune, NC

Dr. Porter’s academic record and honors include:

  • Member, University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees, 2003 - present, appointed Chairperson in 2009
  • Member, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees, 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina State University Board of Visitors
  • Member, North Carolina Advisory Commission on Military Affairs, Quality of Life Chairman, 2007 - Present
  • Board Member, ASCENT – Leading Multicultural Women to the Top, Inc.
  • 2000 - GIS Mapping Professional Training at Trimble in Mount Pleasant, SC
  • 1998 - The Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification at North Carolina State University
  • 1995 – Taught the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory Subsurface Modeling Training Course - United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1994 - Member of the North Carolina Commission on Testing - Appointed by Governor Hunt
  • 1994 – Completed Post Doctoral Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research in Groundwater Contamination
  • 1991 - Graduate of Duke University with a Doctorate in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • 1989 – Student researcher in Circuit Verification with Microelectronics Center of North Carolina in Research Triangle Park, NC
  • 1981 - Graduate of North Carolina State University with a Masters in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science minor
  • 1979 – Completed IBM’s Graduate Internship Program
  • 1978 - Graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics

Dr. Porter has an outstanding record of service in the public interest including:

  • Faculty and Professor at UNC Pembroke, and UNC Chapel Hill
  • Consultant to NASA-Langley Research Center, ASEE Faculty Fellow (1994 - 1995)
  • Consultant to United States Environmental Protection Agency Ecosystems Research Division in Athens, Georgia
  • Consultant to North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University, Greensboro and UNC-Pembroke, Engineering Summer Internship Program (Program Director – 3 years)
  • Consultant to National Science Foundation (Proposal Reviewer)
  • Consultant to American College Testing (Mathematics Test Developer)
  • Consultant to American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) (Comprehensive Enrichment Program Director – 5 years)
  • Founded the UNC-Pembroke AISES Chapter in 1991 (Advisor)
  • Consultant to Battelle, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program Reviewer (1993 – 1995)
  • Consultant to the National Institutes of Health (Proposal Reviewer)
  • Consultant to IBM, Research Triangle Park, NC (outreach)

Dr. Porter is an Information Technology professional with proven business acumen in project development, management and operations and has more than twenty years of teaching, research, consulting and management experience in Information Technology, Environmental Consulting, and related fields.

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