Andrew Barker leads the Environmental Analytics/PFAS Discipline, guiding CDM Smith through the modernization of our environmental digital tools and solutions. Andrew's responsibilities include the design and implementation of solutions for the collection, collation, analysis/modelling and communication of environmental data. Andrew works on projects and opportunities involving large environmental investigation programs to support ongoing site use, closure, management and/or remediation. He works with these project teams to implement new approaches to decision making and analysis using approaches such as PFAS fingerprinting analysis. For 15 years, his experience as a scientist across the environmental consulting industry has encompassed a range of analytical activities including GIS/spatial analytics, environmental and contaminated site assessment, risk analysis, information management systems and the development of interactive and automated reporting platforms specifically for environmental issues.
What inspires you? Im always inspired by anyone with a passion for progressing new ideas or who thinks outside the box. It doesn’t need to be a billion-dollar idea, it could be a small change that makes something a little bit safer or more equitable. In the words of the musician Paul Kelly: “From little things big things grow.”
What is your favorite part of your job? Working with diverse teams of clients and internal specialists to get to the core drivers of a problem and working together to deliver a solution.
How might clients describe you? A helpful tech-nerd and a fast thinker/talker.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? I really enjoy listening to clients describe their specific needs and drivers behind a solution or tool that they’re seeking. Our ability to actively listen is the key for us to be able to think clearly about the design/build/implementation to deliver a solution.
What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? I had no interest in science/math in high school, I thought I was terrible at it and was only interested in creative subjects. But after entering University for a different field, I changed to Environmental Science after a few exceptional educators helped me to find the joy and creativity in Science.
What’s your personal motto? If you’re going to do something, do it properly.