Former Manhattan College environmental engineering professor and alumnus, John P. Connolly ’73 and ’75, Ph.D., and senior technical advisor at Anchor QEA, LLC, in Montvale, N.J., was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) earlier this year. Connolly served as a faculty member at Manhattan for 14 years, and holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the College, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
Since NAE election is among the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive, the school of engineering displays plaques in the William J. Scala Academy room to pay tribute to Manhattan engineers elected to NAE, and Connolly is among 15 other distinguished engineering alumni elected to the NAE. In order to honor Connolly’s election, the College’s school of engineering held a plaque unveiling ceremony this summer. Connolly also presented his research at the ceremony that NAE cited in his election, which was for his development of integrated water-quality models used for remediation and management planning for large, contaminated water bodies.
“Dr. Connolly continues a long line of Manhattan College graduates who have gone on to distinguish themselves in engineering. His work on Hudson River contamination is internationally known and grows out of his education as an environmental engineer at the college,” said Tim J. Ward, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the school of engineering. “The school of engineering and Manhattan College are proud of Dr. Connolly’s election to the National Academy of Engineering, once again demonstrating the potential of a Jasper engineer.”
In addition to his work at Anchor QEA, LLC, an environmental consulting firm, Connolly has conducted research and consulted in the areas of contaminant fate and transport and bioaccumulation. Connolly worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the late 1970’s while pursuing his Ph.D., was a partner at HydroQual, Inc. for five years, and president of Quantitative Environmental Analysis, LLC from 1998 to 2009.
As an environmental engineer, he assisted in the development of the mathematical model used by the United States and Canada as a basis for nutrient control policies in the Lake Erie watershed. Connolly’s successful career has also included: testifying before Congress on contaminated sediment issues, and serving as a Diplomate for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the Environmental Engineering Committee of the USEPA Science Advisory Board and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.