Mike Kavanaugh is a Senior Principal Chemical and Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 40 years of consulting experience focused on water quality management, water treatment, and the remediation of contaminated sites. He has served a highly diverse group of private and public sector clients directly, through industry associations, and through attorneys.
Mike's professional consulting practice includes municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, water quality management, and water reuse and drinking water treatment, and contaminated site remediation. He embraced the technical and administrative challenges in representing clients on groundwater studies, particularly CERCLA-driven remedial investigations/feasibility studies (RI/FS), groundwater remediation, waste minimization and pollution prevention studies. Over the past two decades, Mike has served in a variety of unique roles such as third-party peer review, strategic consulting on environmental management and compliance issues, and serving on expert panels addressing complex issues in site remediation and water quality management. He has also provided technology evaluations including patent reviews of environmental technologies.
As a testifying expert and a fact witness on engineering and hydrogeologic issues related to hazardous waste site remediation. Mike has been asked by attorneys, arbitrators, judges, and government agencies to provide expert testimony, having been deposed in over 40 cases. He also has participated on mediation and arbitration panels as a neutral technical expert as well as serving as an individual facilitator, mediator, arbitrator, and court-appointed expert, working on project-specific and policy-level issues.
To advance the state of the practice, Mike has contributed to over 80 technical publications and more than 180 presentations to audiences including congressional and state committees. Currently, he is an instructor for the Princeton Groundwater Professional Development Courses and a consulting professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute through 2017 and as the chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Future Options for the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Efforts. Mike was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 for his contributions to hazardous waste management and water quality improvements. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) with certifications in hazardous waste management and site remediation, water quality management and waste water treatment, and sustainability.