VIKEK ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS
We provide businesses and organizations in the US and across the developing world with quality environmental engineering and business management consultancy services to equip them with the infrastructure they need to keep up with today’s environmental and business challenges.
EMPOWERING CLIENTS SINCE 2004
We are a passionate and experienced firm focused on providing thought leadership, guidance, and environmental engineering services to organizations and businesses across the globe. We believe in building close working relationships with each of our clients to understand their requirements, design solutions to meet their unique needs, and enable them to achieve their goals.
Apart from our environmental engineering expertise, we empower businesses and organizations with excellent strategy, project and operations management advice to help sustain their operations and also grow their business and organizations.
VIKEK Environmental Engineers is a nimble firm, focused on collaborating with clients and offering strategy guidance, thought leadership, process improvement, solid waste and storm water system engineering design and construction quality assurance to clients looking to improve their business, organization or projects and their communities at large.
Vikek personnel have completed closed landfill redevelopment, remediation and waste facility assessments, new landfill and closure designs and construction quality assurance services.
VIKEK employs the latest research and technology, combined with decades of key personnel experience, to help businesses and organizations maximize their value on investments. VIKEK has developed adaptive enterprise management strategies and designed operational and project delivery process to equip organizations with the tools they need to boost their productivity and achieve meaningful change and growth.
Meet Our core Team
Get to know our staff of passionate, dedicated, and experienced industry experts.
Victor O. Okereke
Ph.D., P.E., DEE, CLSSS, Founder and Principal
Dr. Okereke has amassed a unique blend of technical and management expertise over his more than 30 years of service in municipal government and private consulting. A certified and diplomate environmental engineer (DEE), professional civil engineer (PE), strategic management professional, and certified lean six sigma sensei (CLSSS), he delivers insights and value in several key focus areas including engineering services management, solid waste management, operations, and capital asset management, strategic business performance and process management, and environmental and regulatory compliance.
He has planned and led presentations at multiple internal and public stakeholder engagement meetings related to facility master planning, development of recycling and transfer stations and landfills in King County. He has developed adaptive enterprise management, operations, and performance frameworks that guide strategic and operational assessments and improvement initiatives in alignment with organizational goals, desired outcomes, and performance targets that help organizations maximize value for their customers and stakeholders.
P.E., PMP, Senior Associate
C. Shawn O’Brien
A civil engineer with more than 40 years of experience and strong industry and regulatory relationships, C. Shawn O’Brien specializes in civil and public-works engineering, including planning and design of storm and sanitary sewers, road improvements and water-supply system extension evaluation and design.
R.G., R.HG., Associate
Thomas Karston, Ph.D.
Senior Financial Analyst
CPA, Certified Public Accountant (expired, renewal pending), State of Washington.
American Economic Association
Chairman, Meridian Park Neighborhood Association, Shoreline, WA
Relevant project experience
Financial Performance Management System, King County SWD, DNRP, WA: 2010 -2012
Developed a set of financial metrics for solid waste division operations, based on hard data regularly produced by the organization, and which has not been used by senior management since it was implemented in 2012. A summary of the system was published in the leading trade journal for solid waste administrators: Measuring Up. MSW Management, April 2010. A practical approach to performance measurement in an Enterprise Fund, adjusting for costs that senior management cannot control.
Solid Waste Transfer and Waste Export Plan, King County SWD, DNRP, WA, WA: 2007- 2011
This plan provided the blueprint for the future of the County’s solid waste management system and provided recommendations that will guide the County as it prepared for the solid waste system for waste export. After many internal studies and interaction with external advisory committees, won approval for a major rebuilding of its four largest transfer stations. This was to be financed entirely by bond funding, and for this purpose, Dr. Karston developed a 9-year debt structuring program, which optimized the funds required with the construction timing, and which was very well received by the Division’s outside advisory committees. This approach included the use of “short-term bond anticipation notes”, which ended up saving the Division about 4 million dollars in the first two years of the construction program. The system developed for this purpose was also published in the leading trade journal for solid waste administrators: How to Save Substantial Interest Expense. MSW Management, Nov/Dec 2011. Explains the merits and mechanics of using short-term Bond Anticipation Notes in a steep yield curve environment.
Selected publications and studies
Karston, Thomas, (2010). Measuring Up. A practical approach to performance measurement in an Enterprise Fund, adjusting for costs that senior management cannot control. MSW Management, April 2010.
Karston, Thomas, (2008). Can You Afford to Recycle? An analysis of the high value of MRF activity at urban transfer stations, and the financial consequences for recycling as it affects the timing of the transition from landfills to external rail exporting. MSW Management.
Karston, Thomas, (2007). A Practical Solid Waste Rate Development Model, Description of a set of economic and financial models developed to optimize the rate-setting process, and results, for public or private solid waste management organizations in North America, and in virtually any cultural or economic setting, MSW Management July 2007 [lead article].
PE (WA) – Senior Associate
remediation and permitting for landfill design projects both as a consultant and construction project manager.
Registrations and Certifications
Professional Civil Engineer, (P.E.), Washington,
Project Manager/Business System Analyst
Mr. Williams is both an Information Systems and Data Analyst as well as a Geo-Environmental Scientist and Program Manager, with nearly 30 years of professional experience. Since 1999, he has worked with departmental and enterprise databases and performed data processing, data analysis, geospatial analysis and mapping, data reporting, data modeling, and data visualization functions for various customers and also teaches these subjects at local colleges in the Puget Sound area.
Mr. Williams has earned a BS degree in Geology from the University of California, an MBA degree with a major in Information Technology Management (emphasizing Relational Database operations, Quantitative Analysis, and Management Sciences). Mr. Williams has also earned several certifications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Business Intelligence, and Database Analysis. He is a CompTIA certified Project Manager and Microsoft Office Specialist in Microsoft Excel.