William J. Mills, PhD, CIH

Assistant Professor, Department of Technology
Email: wmills11@niu.edu
Tel: 815-753-5366

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, 2001. Title of Dissertation: Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Dioxins and Furans in Ambient Air during the Smithville Incineration Project. Areas of Specialization: Air Quality and Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Chemistry, and Toxicology.
  • M.S. (Chemistry), McMaster University, 1985.Title of Thesis Synthesis  Area of Specialization:  Environmental Organic Chemistry.
  • B.S. (Honours) (Chemistry) Trent University, 1983, Minor in Environmental & Resource Science.
  • Additional undergraduate and graduate level coursework in chemistry (completed Ph.D. coursework requirements in organic chemistry), mathematics, chemical and environmental engineering at several USA and Canadian universities.

Research Interests

  • Exposure Assessment and Dose Reconstruction
  • Exposure Control Methodologies
  • Environmental Fate & Transport: Measurement and Modeling
  • Workplace Ergonomics: Assessment and Modeling Methods
  • Pollution Control Technologies and Sustainability
  • Statistical Data Analysis and Data Visualization

Academic Appointments

  • Department of Technology, NIU (2013-present)
  • Trent University, Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Peterborough, Canada, (Research Associate, 2002-present)
  • Clarkson University, Center for the Environment, Potsdam, New York (Visiting Research Professor 2008-present)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Forensic Sciences Program (Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2005-2008) and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health (Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2001- 2005) 

Work Experience

  • Mills Consulting, Inc., Oak Park, Illinois, Chief Scientist and President (2000 - 2013)
  • United Nations University-International Network for Water, Environment & Health, Project Manager (1999-2000)
  • Canadian Energy Research Institute/Canadian International Development Agency (CERI/CIDA), Consultant on PCB Management Issues (1998-2000)
  • Morton International, Coatings Division, Chicago, Illinois, Environmental, Health & Safety Coordinator (1997-1999)
  • Woodward-Clyde Consultants (WCC) Chicago, Illinois, Senior Project Scientist, Project Manager (1995 to 1997)
  • Woodward-Clyde Federal Services (WCFS), Rockville, Maryland, Air Quality and Pollution Control Department Manager (1993-1994) and Chemistry Department Manager and Senior Project Chemist (1991-1993)
  • Proctor and Redfern Ltd. (now AECOM), Toronto, Canada, Shareholder, Project Manager and Senior Environmental Chemist (1989-1991)
  • Sanexen International, Toronto, Canada, Senior Chemist (1988-1989)
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Toronto, Canada, Senior Mobile Monitoring Analyst (1987-1988)
  • DF Metal Products, Ottawa, Canada, Chemical Consultant (1987)
  • Environmental Emergencies Technology Division, Environment Canada, Ottawa, Canada, Chemical Consultant (1986-1987)
  • Carleton University (1985-86), McMaster University (1983-85), Trent University (1983) Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant (1983-1986)
  • Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ontario, Canada, Chemical Technician (1982)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
    • ISO-17025, 17043, G34 Assessor
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
    • Real time detection systems committee (RTSDC) member
    • ISO 17025 Assessor (inactive)
    • American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Diplomate - Certified Industrial Hygienist
    • Member Real-time Detection Systems Committee
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
    • Faculty advisor NIU student Chapter
  • ASTM International
    • D22 Committee member
    • ISO TAG WG3 participant
  • Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC)
  • Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario (ACPO) - Chartered Chemist
  • Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA)
    • Lead Assessor ISO-17025
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society -  Lifetime Member
  • Source Evaluation Society (SES)
  • Stack Testing Accreditation Council

Journal Papers (Over 125 Publications and Presentations including the following)

  • Toluene and Methyl Ethyl Ketone Exposure from a Commercially Available Contact Adhesive, William J. Mills, Benjamin A. Grigg, Francis Offerman, Barry E. Gustin, Neil E. Springarn, J. Env. Occup. Hygiene. 9:5, D95-D102, 2012
  • Environmental Release of Dioxins from Reservoir Sources during Beach Nourishment Programs, Yves Tondeur, Bryan Vining,, Kimberly Mace, William Mills, Jerry Hart. Chemosphere: 88(1), 358-363, 2012
  • Emissions of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) from Sludge Drying Beds to the Atmosphere in Chicago, Yi, S., Pagilla, S.R.R., Holsen, T., Mills, W. J., Chemosphere, Apr;71(6):1028-34, 2008. 

Conference Proceedings

  • Improvements to Industrial Hygiene and Source Testing Methods for Perfluorochemicals methods for Perfluorochemicals, W. Mills, B. Grigg, X. Zhu, G. Olden, P-1535, 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Dioxin 2010, San Antonio, TX. Sept 12-17, 2010.
  • PCBs in Whole Blood and Serum of a Chicago Population, U. Nguyen, W. Mills, 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Dioxin 2010, San Antonio, TX. Sept 12-17, 2010.
  • Sources of Error in Sampling and Analysis of PCBs in Indoor Air, K. Hilst, W. Mills, 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Dioxin 2010, San Antonio, TX. Sept 12-17, 2010.
  • Sources of Errors in Clinical Chemical Analysis of PCBs and Recommended Practices to Avoid Them, W. Mills, Y. Tondeur, J. Hart, D. Patterson, A. DeCaprio.  30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Dioxin 2010, San Antonio, TX. Sept 12-17, 2010. 
  • Statistical Comparisons of PCB NHANES Data from 1999-2000, 2001-2002, and 2003-04, U. Nguyen, W. Mills, 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Dioxin 2010, San Antonio, TX. Sept 12-17, 2010.
  • Environmental Release of Dioxins From Reservoir Sources During Beach Nourishment Programs, Y. Tondeur, B. Vining, K. Mace1, W. Mills and J. Hart. 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Dioxin 2010, San Antonio, TX. Sept 12-17, 2010.

Research Grants and Projects

  • An Li, Karl Rockne, and William Mills.  Chronology of PBDE Air Deposition in the Great Lakes from Sedimentary Records, 10/1/01-5/1/04.  US Environmental Protection Agency.  $160,000 USD.  This was the first grant awarded by Region V of US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to study PBDE in the Great Lakes.
  • William Mills and An Li.  Source Profiles and Emissions Quantitation for Known or Suspected Sources of PCBs to Ambient Air in Chicago, 07/12/03-12/30/04.  USEPA and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA).  $120,000 USD.
  • William Mills, Source Profiles and Emissions Quantitation for Known or Suspected Sources of PCBs to Ambient Air in Chicago, 07/12/03-12/30/05.  (Additional funding from PBT program competition).  $25,000 USD.
  • Tom Holsen and Phil Hopke.  Atmospheric Emissions of PCB from Sludge Drying Beds.  USEPA Region V (provided ongoing support).
  • William J. Mills.  PCB Emissions from Soil Contamination, 2003.  Chicago Housing Authority.  $100,000 USD.
  • William J. Mills.  Support for Chemical Terrorism Analytical Activities.  9/01/05 to 6/30/06, Illinois Department of Public Health.  $32,000 USD and use of Thermo-Finnigan GCQ Ion Trap GC-MS for research activities (in addition to funding).
  • William J. Mills. PCB Emissions from Transformers-2.  8/1/05-12/31/06.  Great Lakes Commission (GLC).  $17000 USD.
  • William J. Mills.  PCB Emissions from Transformers 6/1/05, Utility Solid Waste Activity Group, Funding Gift to Supplement US EPA, IL EPA and GLC.  $7500 USD
  • William J. Mills.  Support for Chemical Terrorism Analytical Activities. 07/01/06 to 6/30/07, Illinois Department of Public Health.  $36,000 USD and use of IDPH Instrumentation for research activities (in addition to funding).
  • William J. Mills.  Evaluation of PCBs on BPX-90 Column 6/1/07, SGE Inc., Funding Gift to Supplement US EPA, IL EPA and GLC.  $3500 USD.

 

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