James A. Titmas, a professional engineer., holds a BSCE degree from the University of Akron in Ohio and has been named a distinguished graduate of that college. He began work for the city of Akron, in 1957. In 1959, he began thesis work on the use of oxidation with heat as a method of converting wastes to marketable products. James served over three years in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger officer in the corps of engineers.
His military operating specialties included planning and design of airports, earth structures, foundations, quarry operations, expedient bridge construction, and liaison with German and French engineers for heavy equipment routing through Europe. Continuing postgraduate education included the study of European languages and advanced mathematics. He began his career in consulting engineering in municipal electric power generation. He has authored secondary stress analysis and design criteria for lateral stability of structural members and thirty- story structural frames.
James was in responsible charge of the civil and sanitary engineering services division for a Midwest consulting firm, which included permitting and design standards, industrial and commercial structures, land development, drainage, bridge, road, and highways and railroad design engineering. He developed the soils science department for foundation and earth structures, and had lead responsibility for the protection of historic structures. He was responsible for troubleshooting industrial waste problems, structural failures from vibratory loadings, earthquakes, sonic boom cracking, and complications, involving resonance and unbalanced rotating machinery loadings.
During his career in water supply and wastewater treatment, he has lead responsibility in over eight hundred projects, spanning twenty-four states, and nineteen foreign countries. He has authored numerous technical papers, engineering design, and zoning standards, as well as portions of national building codes. His focus was on engineering problems troubleshooting, maintenance programs, and distressed plant efficacy improvements. This included reducing employee exposure to process chemical use. He co-authored papers for the United States Department of Energy on the volume reduction and elimination of organic debris from low level mixed radioactive wastes.
James has been working with emerging economies in Africa, Asia, India, the Americas, Europe, and the near east to establish a frame work for new methods of wastes management with an emphasis on producing economically viable products from wastes to support, all or in part, the costs of wastes elimination. James A. Titmas holds twenty-three method and apparatus patents, directly relating to the conversion of organic wastes to bio-fuels and bio chemicals, and the control of emissions from combustion.