Laurie LaPat-Polasko, PhD, QEP
Director of Remediation
PhD, 1990 Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park
Engineer, 1983 Civil Engineering, Stanford University
MS, 1980 Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
BS, 1978 (Honors), Biology, Chatham University
Qualified Environmental Professional No. 10960209, 1996
Qualified Consultant, Investigative Svcs./Remedial Svcs., AZ No. 1244, 1997
General Contractors A License, AZ No. 092274, 2003
Years in Profession
A distinguished practitioner and renowned lecturer in the industry, Laurie has more than 25 years of experience as a technical consultant, project manager and chief science officer for efforts involving groundwater and soil remediation and wastewater treatment.
Laurie has managed and performed numerous remedial investigation/feasibility study efforts for complex problems associated with surface waters, groundwater and discharges from sewer systems. Laurie’s been actively involved in Superfund sites and has developed, designed and implemented remediation plans for water and soil systems in addition to extensive experience interacting with USEPA and various state, county and city regulatory agencies in the U.S. and overseas. Throughout her career she has been actively engaged with the public through interactive meetings using innovative visual aids and prepared informational handouts for the public to explain the fundamentals of various remediation technologies and options.
Laurie worked for Jacques Cousteau at the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco evaluating water pollution in the Mediterranean Sea, an opportunity that initiated her passion for cleaning up our environment. She’s dealt with contaminants ranging from fluoride and arsenic to chlorinated solvents, explosives and fuel compounds. Among many other exploits, she lived alone on an island for a month off the coast of Florida conducting an independent research project. While diving in the coral reef tank at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, she was bitten by a shark.
- Explorers Club, Fellow
- Editorial Board, Applied & Environmental Microbiology
- Editorial Board, Journal of Hazardous Materials
- American Society for Microbiology
- Society of Women Engineers