John G. April, P.E., F.ASCE, has more than 15 years of experience in environmental engineering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bechtel, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The laboratory is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy, and April is currently a project manager there.
For the past two years he has been working on Department of Homeland Security projects at the laboratory, and he recently completed a pilot project in Karachi, Pakistan, involving freight security.
After obtaining a bachelor of science in soil science from California Polytechnic State University, April began his career as a soil scientist, and the work he did on one project helped the Navajo Nation expand its agricultural capability.
He later earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico and moved into environmental engineering.
As a project manager for the Corps of Engineers, he
was responsible for initiating remedial work at the Superfund site in New Jersey that encompasses Montclair and Glen Ridge.
While working with Bechtel, April was involved in remedial work at military bases and at the Hanford Site, in Washington State.
As the engineering manager for Hanfordâ€™s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, he led efforts to expand the facility by 1.4 million cu yd (1.07 million mÂ³), and by resolving subcontractor performance issues he was able to complete the project ahead of schedule.
In 2001 Spencer Abraham, the secretary of energy, honored April with the National Pollution Prevention Award for his achievements.
has actively participated in asce initiatives, and his
contributions include coauthoring the manual Environmental Site Characterization and Remediation Design Guidance.