Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., P.E.

Heather Rectanus is a Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 14 years of experience focused on environmental research, development, and implementation projects.

Heather Rectanus is a Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 14 years of experience focused on environmental research, development, and implementation projects.


Heather specializes in bioremediation and monitored natural attenuation (MNA) remedial strategies for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Underground Storage Tank (UST) hazardous waste sites. She achieves results with technology transfer which integrates the state of the science with field applications. She supports federal, private, legal, and industrial clients; and successfully completes research and development projects for funding agencies such as SERDP and ESTCP.

Heather’s technical experience involves feasibility assessments for bioremediation and MNA remedies as well as the design, implementation, and optimization of innovative in situ remediation technologies to treat a broad suite of contaminants, including petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and munitions constituents. She has worked on projects involving biosparging designs, biobarrier installations, MNA assessments, and Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) management strategies.

To advance the state of the practice, Heather co-authored multiple research papers and guidance documents on natural attenuation processes for chlorinated solvent and munitions constituents in soils, groundwater, and management of DNAPL sites. She is an active participant in Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) teams and serves as a trainer for internet-based training, short courses, and workshops. Heather served as co-chair for multiple conferences, including the International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds; International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies; and the Tenth International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium.

Contact Heather Rectanus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 410-910-7659.

Career Summary of Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Specialties: Bioremediation and Monitored Natural Attenuation Evaluation, Implementation, and Optimization; Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid Management; Nuclear Engineering
  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup
  • Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering
  • Education: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2006; M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000; B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University, 1998
  • Registration: Wisconsin Professional Engineer, 42553-6

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