VP of Public Relations
Prior to joining WRPS, Pappas worked as a district project geologist for the Doe Run Company, the world’s largest lead producer, in Missouri. Pappas was responsible for orchestrating exploration and due diligence projects around the Northern Hemisphere. He successfully managed two of Doe Run’s largest green-fields projects, aimed at leveraging new chemical process mineral extraction techniques.
Pappas traded in his helicopter, canvas tent and rock hammer to join WRPS in 2014. Initially, he worked at the 222-S Laboratory Process Chemistry team as the lead geologist, but later transferred to Chief Technology Office working to integrate new ways of improving safety and productivity. Pappas areas of work at WRPS, include: supporting tank closure; assessing the effectiveness of interim environmental safety measures; and leveraging automation.
Pappas is the chair of WRPSpeed, a WRPS-sponsored employee engagement organization focused on professional networking and community stewardship. Beyond Pappas’ professional life, he also volunteers at several youth organizations, where he shares his life experiences in geology and robotics to inspire the younger crowd. He spends his time working with Junior Achievement, the Pasco and Richland school districts, and most recently, the First Lego League.
Pappas received his B.A. in geology with a minor in economics from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, before continuing on to get a M.Sc. in technical project management with an emphasis on team building from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and his M.B.A. from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In addition to his academic achievements, Pappas also obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from PMI, his Professional Licensed Geologist Registrations in Washington and Missouri, and his Part 107 sUAV Commercial License.
In his free time, Pappas enjoys flying aircraft, putting his Corvette on the track, and riding his motorcycle.