Title: Environmental Scientist
Company: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Location: Duncanville, Texas, United States
Abu Senkayi, Environmental Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental and soil science.
Dr. Senkayi is noted in his career for his contributions on research on the chemistry and mineralogy of lignite, mineralogical weathering processes in soils and problems associated with reclamation of surface-mined lands. Having been a researcher in the field for more than four decades, Dr. Senkayi is trusted in his endeavors. He has held his current role, as an environmental scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency in Texas since 1997. Prior to accepting this position, he worked as a soil scientist for the Railroad Commission of Texas and as a soil chemist for PRC Environmental Management, Inc. Earlier in his career, Dr. Senkayi worked as a senior soil chemist for Ebasco Environmental Services and as a research scientist for Texas A&M University.
In his current line of work, Dr. Senkayi is concerned with testing soil as per the animal feeding operations and regulations. These include all animals on a farm from poultry to dairy and hogs. He meets with farms and ensures the federal regulations on animal feeding operations are being met and carried out to standard. Dr. Senkayi always wanted to be a scientist and followed through with environmental science because he realized how important soil is to our lives. In order to follow through on this, Dr. Senkayi first earned a Bachelor of Science in geology and chemistry from Makerere University in Uganda in 1971. He continued at the institution and received a Master of Science in soil science in 1973. After relocating to the United States, he received a PhD in soil science from the University of California, Davis in 1977.
While still in school in Uganda doing his graduate work, Dr. William Flocker was a visiting professor from California on sabbatical. He recognized the gift of Dr. Senkayi and asked if he would like to continue his PhD in CA on a full scholarship. He was able to get Dr. Senkayi a full scholarship from the Ford Foundation and the rest is history. Today, Dr. Senkayi’s daughter has her PhD and also works for the EPA in the same department as her father. The proudest moment of his career has been placing his daughter’s PhD hood on her when she graduated from UT Arlington.
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