Title: Environmental Engineer, Water Resources Specialist (Retired)
Location: Beaverton, Oregon, United States
Richard A. Cassidy, Retired Environmental Engineer and Water Resources Specialist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental engineering.
Concerned about the environment, particularly fish, Mr. Cassidy dedicated his career to the aquatic system. He started out as a field biologist with the Public Service Company in New Hampshire in 1968, and continued on to become a junior sanitary engineer with the Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control and an aquatic biologist with Normandeau Associates. In 1972, Mr. Cassidy joined the U.S. Army of Civil Engineers as a hydraulic engineer in the New England Division. He was the first person to come in with a biological background as opposed to an engineering one; previously, engineers made the decision to schedule water releases from the damn. He remained with the organization in roles like engineer in the Northwestern Division and environmental engineer supervisor until 2003. Then, from 2003 to 2006, he served as a partner of American Voyageur Enterprises. The highlight of his career was working to assist the survival of the salmon of the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Cassidy prepared for his endeavors by earning a Master of Science in environmental engineering from Tufts University in 1972, a Master of Science in zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1969, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from St. Anselm College in 1966. To keep in touch with his peers and community, he became involved in various professional organizations. He served the American Institute of Hydrology as the National Treasurer from 1995 to 2000, the president of the Oregon Section from 1990 to 1992, the vice president of the Oregon Section from 1987 to 1989, and a member of the Professional Ethics Committee in 1986, and the National Association for Interpretation as a member from 2003 to 2007. Additionally, he contributed numerous articles to books and professional journals, and volunteered for Interpretive Guide.
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