Melissa A. Harclerode, PhD, BCES
Dr. Melissa Harclerode specializes in finding sustainable solutions for the remediation, water- resources and transportation markets. That means applying integrated approaches to assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts of projects accross the federal, state and private sectors. And as the firm’s sustainability technical lead, she supplies technical guidance and quality control efforts for a variety of key projects. Recently, Melissa has been collaborating with the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) on cutting-edge stakeholder-engagement tactics, specifically as they relate to emerging contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Why CDM Smith? CDM Smith is a company that maintains its pride and passion in technical quality, thus creating an atmosphere that promotes innovation and collaboration. I’m honored to be working with leading experts in the environmental services community and have the ability to collaborate with academia, regulatory agencies, and private partnerships to optimize sustainable attributes of treatment technologies and restoration projects.
What inspires you? Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring provides inspiration to focus on the bigger picture on how human activities have an impact on the environment and society, while simultaneously playing a role in protecting them both. Carson’s book highlights the importance of collecting quality data and using the results to improve environmental and human health. I continue to strive towards improving quality of life for society on all projects and endeavors.
What are your 3 non-work passions? I love to travel—experiencing different cultures and visiting natural wonders is such a thrill. My other two passions would be cooking (with my friends or for my family) and hiking with my husband Austin and my dog Ghursty.
What is the best part of your work day? I would say my 3 p.m. coffee break, catching up with friends, brainstorming with colleagues and rejuvenating my brain.
It’s important that project findings be supported by high quality data and that the decision-making process is aided by those results.
A peer-reviewed article, co-authored by Melissa, was honored with an Award for Publication Excellence at the 2016 APEX Awards.