Academy of Distinguished Alumni
John P. Connolly
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1980
M.S., Manhattan College, 1975
B.S., Manhattan College, 1973
John P. Connolly graduated from the department in 1980 after completing a dissertation on modeling of contaminant fate and transport in surface waters that shaped his entire career. He is now President, Senior Managing Engineer at Anchor QEA, LLC where he determines effective remediation of surface waters.
While working on his dissertation at UT Austin, he was an environmental scientist for the USEPA for two years. After graduating, Connolly was a professor at Manhattan College for 14 years, where he collaborated with HydroQual, an early leader in surface water quality modeling. In the mid-1990’s, he formed the preeminent environmental and consulting and modeling fi rm, Quantitative Environmental Analysis (QEA) which recently merged with Anchor to form AnchorQEA.
Since the merge, Connolly has been responsible for business development and continues to provide technical leadership. He conducts source allocation studies, develops models of pollutant fate and bioaccumulation, designs field sampling programs and determines approaches to achieving compliance with water and sediment quality standards. He has worked as lead technical consultant on some of the largest and most complex contaminated sediment sites in the nation, including the Hudson River, Grasse River, and Fox River Superfund sites.
Recognized for his ability to communicate complex technical results to stakeholders, Connolly is frequently asked to make presentations at regulatory hearings, community meetings and at national and regional technical forums. He has testifi ed in front of the U.S. Congress and the New York State Assembly on issues involved with sediment stability at contaminated sites.
His work has led to a number of accolades and awards. Foremost among these was his 2010 election to the National Academy of Engineering for “development of integrated water-quality models used for remediation and management planning for large, contaminated water bodies.” He is also a member of the USEPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Engineering Committee and Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Inducted October 21, 2010