Rita Loof, director on environmental affairs for RadTech, received California’s 25th Senate District Women in Business Award for Science and Technology.  RadTech’s work to advance Ultraviolet/Electron Beam/Light Emitting Diode (UV/EB/LED) technology was front and center.  Robina Suwol, executive director of California Safe Schools, an organization dedicated to the protection of children’s health and the environment, nominated Loof for the prestigious award. 

“Rita’s phenomenal expertise surrounding environmental public policy as related to energy curable technology makes her a true champion for pollution prevention.  It is an honor to celebrate her accomplishments and acknowledge RadTech’s exceptional work. She is a true champion for change and inspiration for all,” said Suwol.

Loof immigrated from Cuba when she was thirteen years old. She graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank and went on to obtain a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from UCLA.  She worked as an intern in an oil refinery and then as an Air Quality Engineer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) processing permit applications for metal melting operations, internal combustion engines, and semiconductor manufacturing. She has been certified as a permit processor for the agency for over three decades.

Loof has been the owner of a small environmental consulting business for the past 30 years.  In that capacity, she represents RadTech International. RadTech’s work in UV/EB/LED is a pollution prevention technology where materials are instantaneously cured on substrates rather than air dried.  The process eliminates emissions of toxic chemicals, VOCs, and, since it is all-electric, does not use fossil fuels or generate greenhouse gases. SCAQMD awarded RadTech the “Clean Air Award” in recognition of its contribution to clean air.  RadTech was also recognized by the California State Senate acknowledging its “invaluable” contributions to the State of California and beyond.  The senate proclamation cited the association’s ideals of community service and commended RadTech for its “outstanding commitment to improving the environment and economy through its programs.”

To learn more, visit www.radtech.org.