Mr. Calcagni has over 42 years of work experience in the environmental field. He is presently senior scientist with US EPA Region 4, assisting states in the southeast US with air quality planning.
He has significant regulatory experience, having worked as a manager for 25 years in various air quality regulatory programs. He served as the Director of the Air Quality Management Division in EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). During his tenure he was directly and heavily involved in development and implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
Mr. Calcagni also has significant private sector experience. He was a co-founder of a consulting firm, E3 Ventures, which advised a number of Fortune 500 companies on energy and environmental policy issues. He also managed Systems Applications International’s RTP office, which was involved in air quality model development and the application of these models to policy development.
For 10 years he served as the EPA’s Director of the Waste Reduction Resource Center, in Raleigh NC assisting states in the southeast and mid Atlantic regions with the implementation of their pollution prevention and energy conservation programs.
Earlier in his career, he managed the Economic Analysis Branch in OAQPS and has worked in air quality planning programs in EPA Regional Offices in Chicago and Boston.
He has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from MIT.
Michael Munger grew up in Florida, on an orange farm, and attended Davidson College in North Carolina. After a PhD in economics
at Washington University--St. Louis, he worked at the US Federal Trade Commission and then taught economics at Dartmouth College.
He switched to political science in 1986, taking a position at the University of Texas--Austin. Returning to North Carolina in 1990, he
taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he directed the Master of Public Adminstration Program, training local government managers and non-profit
administrators. In 1997 he moved to Duke, where he chaired the Political Science department from 2000-2010. He currently directs the
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Duke, an interdisciplinary certificate for undergraduates. His research focuses on "euvoluntary
exchange," the problem of when market participants are engaging in truly voluntary action.
Robert "Bob" Luddy
Recognizing the demand for a quality manufacturer of kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed that into CaptiveAire Systems. Today, CaptiveAire employs over 750 employees, with over seventy offices nationwide, and sales reaching close to $250 million in 2012. A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob founds schools which help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established the Franklin Academy, an award-winning public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,200 K-12 students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, a classical, college preparatory high school. In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy in Raleigh, the first in a network of private community schools offering a high-quality K-12 education at low-cost tuition. He graduated with a BS in financial management from LaSalle University.
Poetic Portraits of a Revolution
Mohammad Moussa is a local poet that recently graduated with his Master's in Computer Engineering from NC State. After a short history in the theater realm, Mohammad started writing and performing poetry at open mics and slams, and eventually joined the Poetic Portraits of a Revolution team, a project that documented the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia through art and spoken word. He was featured on WUNC's Morning Edition and Dick Gordon's The Story, and has spoken and performed at various universities and institutions including TEDxUNC, The Process Series, and The Visualizing Human Rights Conference.