Andrew Sumner

Andrew Sumner, Ph.D.

Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
District of Columbia

Dr. Sumner is a Regulatory Scientist with expertise in analytical chemistry, chemical processes, fate analyses, and computational and statistical methods. Dr. Sumner’s previous experience includes Ph.D. research projects involving comprehensive analyses of wastewater and groundwater associated with unconventional oil and gas extraction, simulated transformation studies of industrial chemical additives, and database-centered approaches for evaluating environmental impacts and risks associated with industrial chemical usage. With more than seven years of scientific and laboratory research, Dr. Sumner has extensive familiarity with analytical methods and protocols, comprehensive literature searches, and rigorous analyses of scientific datasets. He has experience with environmental policy and chemical regulation, as well as expertise in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, with a certification in the operation and data interpretation of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University, 2019
  • M.S., Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University, 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2014
  • Advance Graduate Leadership Fellow, Yale University Office of Federal Relations, 2017

    Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2016

    Research Intern, NASA Langley Research Center, 2013

Publications

Sumner, A. J., & Plata, D. L. (2019). Oxidative breakers can stimulate halogenation and competitive oxidation in guar-gelled hydraulic fracturing fluids. Environmental science & technology, Accepted

Elliott, E. G., Ma, X., Leaderer, B. P., McKay, L. A., Pedersen, C. J., Wang, C., Gerber, C.J., Wright, T.J., Sumner, A.J., Brennan, M. and Silva, G.S.. S. (2018). A community-based evaluation of proximity to unconventional oil and gas wells, drinking water contaminants, and health symptoms in Ohio. Environmental research, 167, 550-557.

Sumner, A. J., & Plata, D. L. (2018). Halogenation chemistry of hydraulic fracturing additives under highly saline simulated subsurface conditions. Environmental science & technology, 52(16), 9097-9107.

Sumner, A. J., & Plata, D. L. (2018). Exploring the hydraulic fracturing parameter space: a novel high-pressure, high-throughput reactor system for investigating subsurface chemical transformations. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 20(2), 318-331.

Hoelzer, K., Sumner, A. J., Karatum, O., Nelson, R. K., Drollette, B. D., O’Connor, M. P., D’Ambro, E.L., Getzinger, G.J., Ferguson, P.L., Reddy, C.M., & Elsner, M. (2016). Indications of transformation products from hydraulic fracturing additives in shale-gas wastewater. Environmental science & technology, 50(15), 8036-8048.

Sumner, A. J., Woo, J. L., & McNeill, V. F. (2014). Model Analysis of secondary organic aerosol formation by glyoxal in laboratory studies: The case for photoenhanced chemistry. Environmental science & technology, 48(20), 11919-11925.

McNeill, V. F., Woo, J. L., Kim, D. D., Schwier, A. N., Wannell, N. J., Sumner, A. J., & Barakat, J. M. (2012). Aqueous-phase secondary organic aerosol and organosulfate formation in atmospheric aerosols: a modeling study. Environmental science & technology, 46(15), 8075-8081.

Presentations

Sumner, A.J.; Plata, D.L. “Uncontrolled chemistry in hydraulic fracturing: Oxidative breakers and the formation of hazardous byproducts”. Robert M. Langer Graduate Student Symposium. Yale University. New Haven, CT. Dec. 14, 2018. Oral Presentation

Sumner, A.J., Plata, D.L., "Halogenation chemistry of hydraulic fracturing additives under simulated subsurface conditions” Gordon Research Seminar, Environmental Sciences: Water. Holderness, NH. June 26, 2018. Poster

Sumner, A.J., Plata, D.L., " Hydraulic fracturing fluid reactivity: Detection, Investigation, and Simulation of Halogenation in the Shale Rock Parameter Space." American Chemical Society 252nd National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA. August 21, 2016. Oral Presentation.

Sumner, A.J., Hoelzer, K., Nelson, R.K., Getzinger, G.J., Ferguson, P.L., Reddy, C.M., Elsner, M., Plata, D.L., “Investigation of organic compounds and their reactive fate in hydraulic fracturing flowback water”. Robert M. Langer Graduate Student Symposium. Yale University. New Haven, CT. Dec. 11, 2015. Oral Presentation

Sumner, A.J., Drollette, B.D., Hoelzer, K., Elsner, M., Plata, D.L., “Exploring the Relevant Parameter Space in Shale Rock Geochemistry: Organic Transformations at Temperature and Pressure”. American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition. Denver, CO. March 25, 2015. Poster

Omar, A.H., Sumner, A.J., Vaughn, M.A., “Multi-Year Cluster Analyses of CALIPSO Aerosol Layer Data”. American Geophysical Union National Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 2013. Poster

Sumner, A.J., Woo, J.L., McNeill, V.F., "Model Analysis of Aerosol Reaction Chamber Studies of Aqueous Aerosol SOA (AASOA)". American Association of Aerosol Research, Minneapolis, MN. 2012. Poster

Prior Experience

Advance Graduate Leadership Fellow, Yale University Office of Federal Relations, 2017

Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2016

Research Intern, NASA Langley Research Center, 2013

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society

American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

Project Experience

Researched and summarized study results to support scientific components of EPA registration applications.

Tracked, assembled and submitted registration applications and actions to EPA.

Conducted searches of NPIRS other federal and non-federal databases to inform product registration efforts.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University, 2019
  • M.S., Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University, 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2014
  • Advance Graduate Leadership Fellow, Yale University Office of Federal Relations, 2017

    Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2016

    Research Intern, NASA Langley Research Center, 2013