Meet Our Team of Experts
Jason P. Ball - Executive Director Solutions
In 2012, Jason Ball was selected for the role of Executive Director Solutions for the Savannah Ocean Exchange. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer with specialty disciplines in Port and Navigation Engineering. At Moffatt & Nichol, he currently serves as a Project Manager for numerous programs along coastal Georgia and South Carolina totaling more than $4 billion dollars. The Savannah office of Moffatt & Nichol currently holds the program management contract for the Jasper Ocean Terminal and the Georgia Ports Authority. Jason provides clients with valuable professional services such as port planning, strategic economic forecasting, multi-disciplinary engineering, equipment acquisition support, construction management, and general consulting. Jason was born in Savannah, Georgia, raised on Tybee Island, Georgia, and currently lives in Savannah with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Julia. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York and Master of Business Administration from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Roger Bowman, REA
Roger Bowman is the Corporate Sustainability Process Manager for Gulfstream. In this role, Roger is leading the effort to develop a sustainability program anchored in the Gulfstream Vision and Values. He is advancing programs to reduce environmental impact and footprint, improve energy efficiency, and set standards that lead to more efficient facilities, products and services.
Roger has been with Gulfstream since 1999, when he joined the company as the Environmental Manager at the Long Beach CA facility. While there, he played a key role in achieving several high-profile environmental permits that are essential for Gulfstream’s operations in California. He started the recycling program in Long Beach, and began the first “zero discharge to landfill” program in Gulfstream, also for the Long Beach facility.
Roger is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Scott Boylston is a Professor of Design for Sustainability and Graphic Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is the author of three books, has published short stories in highly respected literary journals across the country, and writes and speaks internationally on matters of design and sustainability. He is director and co-founder of Emergent Structures, a non-profit organization dedicated to the innovative reclamation of building materials through community collaboration. He is co-author of the masters in Design for Sustainability at SCAD, and holds a Master’s in Visual Communication from Pratt Institute. He is on the Georgia State Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council, the Steering Committee for Healthy Savannah, and a member of the Chatham Environmental Forum.
Sharon Collins is the host and Executive Producer of Georgia Outdoors, which airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting. She is a national Emmy winning correspondent and former anchor for CNN. In addition to working on the CNN prime time shows NewsStand and American Edge, she was also a host, producer and correspondent for CNN’s award winning weekly environmental program Earth Matters. Collins was awarded an Emmy for her contribution to the CNN special “In Nature’s Wake”, a program detailing floods in the Mississippi River Valley. She also received a CableACE award for her work on a 90 minute Earth Summit special.
Prior to working for CNN, Collins was Managing Editor for WSET-TV in Virginia, where she also produced and hosted quarterly one hour shows on environmental issues facing the state.
Per A. Brinchmann is Vice President Technical of the Norwegian ship owner Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, which, together with their Swedish partner, Wallenius Lines, own the worl leading RoRo operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.
Per holds a Master degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Technology. Since his start as a researcher within ship operation and marine safety in 1979, he has held various leading positions in Norwegian shipping and offshore companies. He has been responsible for a number of inventions and product development projects in the marine field. In addition, Per has been heading business start-ups and smaller enterprises.
From his current position as head of the technical department in Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Per has for several years been active in the search for new solutions to the energy and environmental challenges yet facing the maritime industry.
Per Tunell is a naval architect with 16 years’ experience from the shipping industry. Per has been playing the “shipping game” from several different angles; as a surveyor for the Swedish Maritime Administration, as a surveyor for the classification society, Bureau Veritas, as project manager for a newbuilding series of ten vessels for Wallenius Lines and now, as Vice President and Head of Environmental Management at the same company.
Wallenius Lines is a Swedish shipowner which, together with their Norwegian partner, Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, own the world’s leading RoRo operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.
As Head of Environmental Management, Per Tunell sets up objectives and strategies and drives the work to ensure that Wallenius maintains its position as a forerunner when it comes to reducing the environmental impact from their operations. Per Tunell is confident that Wallenius Lines at some stage will operate Zero emission vessels and is excited to assist in bringing new ideas to the market.
Professor Tischner studied architecture and industrial design and specialized in eco and sustainable design of products and services. After receiving her master’s degree in Germany she worked as a researcher at the German Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, where she was involved in sustainability research and developing concepts such as eco-efficiency, MIPS, Factor 4 and Factor 10, ecodesign, eco-innovation, etc.
In 1996 she founded econcept: Agency for Sustainable Design in Cologne, Germany, through which she carries out research and consulting projects with companies and other organizations on sustainable, green and eco design, and innovation. She has organized numerous educational courses and programs, such as sustainable design programs at Design Academy Eindhoven in Holland and at the University for Design and Art in Zurich, Switzerland; and eco design training courses for the electronics industry in Korea and the furniture industry in Australia.
Her most recent book, System Innovation for Sustainability: Pt. 3: Case Studies in Sustainable Consumption and Production – Food and Agriculture, is widely used in Europe and the U.S.
Kevin A. Haas
Kevin A. Haas is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering with distinction in 1994 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1996 from The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware in January 2001. Dr. Haas continued at the University of Delaware as a Post-Doctoral Fellow from January 2001 to December 2002. Dr. Haas joined the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology as part of the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program based in Savannah in January 2003. He is part of the team developing a new program in Coastal Science and Engineering jointly with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
Dr. Haas’ major research thrust is in the pursuit of improving the sustainability of coastal communities. A major part of his research includes focusing on energy security through the evaluation of tidal and ocean currents as a source of clean and renewable energy. He is involved with the Department of Energy’s nationwide overall assessment of ocean kinetic energy as well as the detailed identification and evaluation of local sites with potential for test locations for tidal turbines. Another part of Dr. Haas’ research is focusing on shoreline change and improving our ability to predict and assess the risk of beach erosion. He utilizes multiple approaches including numerical simulations and field observations focusing on beach responses to both storms as well as the longer term seasonal variations.