Dr. Charles Schaefer is an environmental scientist and the director of CDM Smith's Bellevue, Washington research and testing laboratory. His research expertise includes pore-scale diffusion and mass transfer processes, in situ bioremediation, treatment of emerging contaminants including perfluorinated compounds such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and electrochemical treatment of drinking water. Charles has served as a principal investigator on several research grants, many of which have focused on chlorinated solvents in bedrock systems and authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. In addition to his research, Charles also serves as a technical consultant on several federal and private sector projects for CDM Smith, many of which address chlorinated solvents in complex geological settings.
What is your favorite part of your job? Being able to work on innovative and industry-changing research.
Which one of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most and why? While the core values are all important, excellence is the one that I identify with most because it does not come easily or naturally. It requires intent, effort and persistence. I feel that I can never truly attain it, but must also try to get it.
What’s something you enjoy doing on your day off? Spending time with friends and family.
What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I was once on TV as a contestant on The Price Is Right.
CDM Smith emphasizes technical excellence and is filled with exceptionally bright and motivated people.
SERDP/ESTCP, the dual environmental research arm of the DoD, awarded Project of the Year to Charles in 2018.