On April 20, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) awarded George J. Hyfantis, Jr., PhD, P.E. an award for long term contributions to the environmental industry and TDEC’s annual conference entitled “Environmental Show of the South.“ The onstage presentation mentioned that he is a “Giant of the Industry.” Dr. Hyfantis is president of QE2 (Quantum Environment and Engineering Services, LLC). Dr. Hyfantis has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for almost 40 years, teaching courses in solid and hazardous waste management. He also serves on the department’s Board of Advisors. He currently serves as a Governor’s appointee to the Tennessee Underground Storage Tank and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board, and he has served as a Governor’s appointee to the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Board for 12 years. Dr. Hyfantis is a leader in the industry, and has served the public of the State of Tennessee by protecting the environment throughout his career.