Luis F. Diaz

Dr.-Engineer. Luis F. Diaz, President

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  • 1975 to Present:   Principal, CalRecovery, Inc.
  • 1980 to 1981:         Instructor, San Francisco State University
  • 1972 to 1977:         Research Engineer/Instructor, University of California, Berkeley


Professional Activities
  • Planning in waste management in the United States and internationally
  • Preparation of solid and hazardous waste management plans and guidelines
  • Composting Projects
  • Waste Processing Design and Analyses
  • Design of entire systems and sub-systems for the separation and recovery of secondary materials and/or fuel from wastes
  • Development of various computer models
  • Recycling
  • Collection and Waste Processing
  • International activities in more than 50 countries
  • Waste Characterization and Toxicity
  • Risk assessment
  •  Landfilling
  • Marketing
  • Technical Assistance
  • Energy from Biomass
  •  Health Care Wastes
  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Wastepaper Processing
  • Landfill Mining and Reclamation
  • Technology Transfer and Training
  • Publications


Service to Editorial Boards
  • Editor-in-Chief, Waste Management
  • Member, Editorial Board, Resources Conservation & Recycling
  • Member, Editorial Board, Compost Science & Utilization
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Environmental Business Journal
  • Member, Editorial Board, Residuos
  • Member, Editorial Board, Waste Management & the Environment
  •  Member, Editorial Board, BioCycle
  • Member, Advisory Board, Nuclear Engineering and Technology, Journal of the Korean Nuclear Society
  • Member, Editorial Board, Utilities Policy
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, Official Journal of the Japan Society of Waste Management Experts


  • Visiting Professor, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK (2002-2004)
  • Chair, Working Group on Developing Countries, IWWG (2004 to present)
  • Member, Executive Committee of Advisory Board, College of Engineering, San José State University (1994 to 2004)
  • Recipient, Dean College of Engineering Service Award, San Jose State University, 1998
  • Recipient, 1982 Engineering Award of Distinction, San Jose State University
  •  Honored PHD, Bauhaus University Weimar


  •  American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)
  • Soil Conservation Society of America (SCSA)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Working Group on Developing Countries, International Waste Working Group (IWWG)
  • Institute of Waste Management, South Africa
  • National Solid Waste Association of India
  • Solid Waste Association of the Philippines
  •  Board of Directors, ORBIT Association
  •  Founding Member, IWWG12/29/06