How has your career evolved since you joined CDM Smith, and why? My career at CDM Smith has been one long evolution of skills. I have a natural curiosity about most things, and don’t want to specialize too much in one area. Starting as a groundwater modeling specialist, I worked for many years in all aspects of groundwater modeling, from hazardous waste sites to resource assessments to a particular expertise in salt water intrusion modeling. Later, I added air dispersion modeling to my skill set to broaden my general modeling expertise. My career took a turn when I starting working in Philadelphia, focusing on urban stormwater modeling, green stormwater infrastructure design, and integrated water resource planning. Over the past years, I have shifted my focus to climate change adaptation, developing tools for assessing changing precipitation patterns as well as to evaluate the risks of coastal flooding. Throughout, I have also maintained my original area of expertise in decision science, which has proven applicable to a wide variety of applications. By keeping constantly expanding my expertise and changing my focus, I have kept my enthusiasm as well as broadened my value to CDM Smith’s diverse clients.
Outside of work, what do you invest your time/energy into? My wife and I run a not-for-profit classical music concert series on Long Island that has been providing top notch concerts for over 30 years. This is a labor of love which also requires a lot of work.