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Melissa A. Harclerode, PhD, ENV SP 

Environmental Sustainability Scientist

Dr. Melissa Harclerode is an experienced envi­ron­men­tal scientist who has been involved in a variety of sustain­abil­ity-boosting projects including envi­ron­men­tal site assessments, remedial inves­ti­ga­tions, technology evaluation, risk management imple­men­ta­tion, vapor intrusion and Brownfields assessments. She specializes in integrated assessment approaches to define sustain­abil­ity objectives and evaluate the envi­ron­men­tal, social, and economic impacts of remedial activities, providing expert oversight in the work of life cycle valuations, envi­ron­men­tal footprint analysis, social cost benefit analysis and community surveys. In her career at CDM Smith, Melissa has lent her expertise to federal, state and private clients; as the firm’s sustain­abil­ity technical lead, she provides company-wide support in technical and quality control efforts for a variety of key projects. 

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. 

years at CDM Smith
years in industry
projects completed

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. 

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.

 
Melissa Harclerode Melissa Harclerode
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A peer-reviewed article, co-authored by Melissa, was honored with an Award for Pub­li­ca­tion Ex­cel­lence at the 2016 APEX Awards.

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Melissa's peer-reviewed article,“Integrating the Social Dimension in Remediation Decision-Making: State of the Practice and Way Forward,” has been honored with an Award for Publication Excellence at the 2016 APEX Awards. 
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