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Dora Chiang, PhD, PE

Vice President, Remediation Technical Strategy Leader

Dr. Dora Chiang is an inter­na­tion­ally-renowned expert in envi­ron­men­tal remediation who has made great leaps in under­stand­ing newly discovered cont­a­m­i­nants like per- and poly­flu­o­roalkyl substances (PFAS). As the director of CDM Smith's emerging cont­a­m­i­nants practice, she applies cutting-edge research to active project sites all over the world. She's a veteran project manager, a passionate steward of the environment and, above all, an innovator. With Dora on your side,  cutting-edge solutions are always close at hand.

Years in Industry
Completed Projects

Why CDM Smith? I recognized the talent pool that resides at CDM Smith and had followed their work throughout my profes­sional career. 

What inspires you? Mother nature inspires me. As an envi­ron­men­tal profes­sional, I don’t treat my job as a job, I treat it more like a life time opportunity to do my best to protect the environment.  With the connection with nature, I find endless motivation and energy to keep listening and learning about new scientific findings. Then, I push myself to dream bigger on how we, as envi­ron­men­tal consultants, can help make changes. 

How might clients describe you? Innovative and technical. I am able to explain complex technologies or approaches into something simple for everyone to understand.

What is your favorite part of your job? My job has been to build a new technical practice, allowing our company to lead and respond to an emerging market. It requires creative thinking and skills to listen, filter out noises, and focus on delivery.

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? I love travelling.  People may be surprised since I already travel so much for business. Also, as a mom and wife, I don’t cook at all. My husband does all the cooking. He is very talented, and I am very good at making him proud of his dishes. 

What's your personal motto? Working hard is just not enoughwork smart.
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on interesting, challenging, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and communities. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of resources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex challenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do excellent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next challenge. I love witnessing that positive rein­force­ment and synergy build with each assignment.


What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then puttering around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once an avid competitive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
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I push myself to dream bigger on how we, as envi­ron­men­tal consultants, can help make changes.
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Dora is an active member of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) PFAS Team. 

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