Tom Palaia is a Principal Technologist at Jacobs Engineering in Denver, Colorado. Since 1992, Tom has worked at Jacobs/CH2M specializing in characterization and remediation of petroleum non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL). As the Petroleum NAPL Community of Practice leader for Jacobs, Tom's central role for the firm is focused on quality control and ensuring that state-of-the-practice remediation approaches are implemented on projects world-wide. Additionally, he is responsible for participating in technical workgroups, conducting seminars, and presenting new technology applications to site owners and regulatory agencies. Tom has dedicated a large part of his career to facilitating application of best practice and technology transfer, and training of many practitioners within CH2M/Jacobs. Tom is passionate about the future direction of advanced technology for remediation and is working hard to expedite the advance and practical use of new science. Tom is new to ITRC's training team, active in the ITRC LNAPL Update Team since 2016. Tom earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1990 and a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1992. Tom is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and Province of Alberta, Canada.