SWANA Features Young Professional Sam Rice of SCS Engineers

March 4, 2022

SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting and Contracting


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently featured Sam Rice of SCS Engineers in its monthly newsletter. Sam is a member of the SWANA Young Professionals (YP) group and also one of Waste 360’s 40-Under-40 winners this year.

Sam specifically focuses on developing remote monitoring and control (RMC), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and control systems to meet his client’s environmental management needs. These technology solutions help the waste industry reduce environmental and health and safety risks, reduce cost, and improve the quality of life for workers in the industry and the communities surrounding our waste facilities.

The secret to his success is listening to the client’s needs and using technology to address those needs. Some specific ways that he has impacted the industry are below:

  • He helped to develop a new standard for remote monitoring and control of landfill facilities. Operators can now monitor and control their landfill equipment (e.g., flares, blowers, pumps, tanks, etc.) from anywhere in the world using their phone or PC.
  • Through on-site troubleshooting, he’s helped to avert numerous environmental problems such as overflowing pump stations or malfunctioning flare equipment.
  • During COVID, he implemented RMC systems that allowed SCS clients to continue to operate their facilities without physically traveling to the facility. One such facility was located in an inaccessible area due to travel restrictions, but our client could still operate the facility because of the RMC system.

Sam takes on his client’s goals as his own, then develops and implements solutions. His approach is to attack any challenges with vigor, identify and act on ways to help improve things and jump in to help others when the need arises. His inquisitive mind helps him quickly identify and remedy issues that our clients are having; this helps keep their critical infrastructure online and operating at its highest capacity.

Sam routinely mentors others and helps his coworkers understand new technologies because he truly wants to see his coworkers and clients succeed. For example, a project he managed won two industry awards in 2020: an Environmental Business Journal Technology Merit Award and an Inductive Automation Firebrand Award which he shares with his client and coworkers.

SCS promotes leadership and ownership at every career stage, providing you with consistent opportunities to grow and learn. We offer an engaging and supportive environment, whether you’re interacting with senior leadership, out in the field with clients, or attending events.

Leading our YPs is the Young Professionals Planning Committee (YPPC), organizing and hosting educational and social events, providing mentorship opportunities, skills and leadership development, and much more.

As an employee-owned company, we know that ownership makes a difference. When you and I succeed, we all thrive. Hence, the YPPC strives to build technically savvy leaders and teams using in-house software, experts, and solutions. With an ever-growing environmental firm focusing on stewardship, we all play a role. Just like Sam!


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Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am