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Emily H. Majcher, Contractor

Contact Information
U.S. Geological Survey
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21228

Phone:  (443) 498-5520
Fax:      (443) 498-5510


M.S. in Environmental Soil Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998.

B.S. in Environmental Engineering, Purdue University, 1995.

Professional Experience

2011 - Present - Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions, Contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey

2008 - 2010 - Geosyntec Consultants, Senior Engineer

2007 - 2008 - Geosyntec Consultants, Project Engineer

2001 - 2007 - U.S. Geological Survey, Hydrologist

2000 - 2001 - IT Corporation (formerly ICF Kaiser Engineers), Project Engineer

1998 - 2000 - IT Corporation (formerly ICF Kaiser Engineers), Engineer

1995 - 1998 - Center for Bioremediation and Detoxification, The Pennsylvania State University, research and teaching assistant

1995 - Concurrent Technologies Corporation, engineering intern

Associations and Memberships

Certified PE, Environmental Engineering, State of Maryland

Research / Professional Focus / Current Projects

I have more than 14 years experience investigating the nature and extent of contamination in groundwater, soil, surface water, wetland environments, and indoor air and in developing innovative, green remedial strategies for contaminated sites. My work has been primarily in the federal sector with oversight from U.S. EPA and various state agencies.

Projects have included sites contaminated with chlorinated solvents, petroleum and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, chlorobenzenes, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals. I have managed multiple projects at a U.S. Army CERCLA site, in which green sampling techniques were utilized. I also served as the project manager and co-principal investigator for several multiyear projects investigating dissolved, mixed organic contamination in wetland environments and the migration of contaminants into indoor air. I managed and directed projects identifying and characterizing contaminant breakthrough to surface water in tidal wetlands through areas of focused discharge, anddesigned and implemented novel bioremediation options at the pilot scale.

I have actively served as a mentor in formal and informal programs since 2001 and have a particular interest in promoting and encouraging women in science and engineering.

Selected Publications

Majcher, E., D. Himmelheber, A. Krasnopoler, T. McAlary, P. Nicholson, R. Ettinger, J. Harris, J. Wrobel. 2010. Implementation of a Strategic Approach for Complex VI Assessment at a Large Military Facility. Air and Waste Management Association Conference Proceedings.

Majcher, E.H., Lorah, M.M., Phelan, D.J., and McGinty, A.L., 2009, Design and performance of an enhanced bioremediation pilot test in a tidal wetland seep, West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5112, 84 p.

Lorah, M.M., Majcher, E.H., Jones, E.J., Voytek, M.A., 2008, Microbial consortia development and microcosm and column experiments for enhanced bioremediation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds, West Branch Canal Creek Wetland Area, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5165, 79 p.

Majcher, E.H., Phelan, D.J., Lorah, M.M., and McGinty, A.L. 2007, Characterization of preferential groundwater seepage from a chlorinated hydrocarbon-contaminated aquifer to West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 2002-04. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5233, 204 p.

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