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CDM Smith Celebrates 75th Anniversary

BOSTON, MA — CDM Smith is celebrating a significant company and industry milestone in 2022 — its 75th anniversary. What started as a partnership of three consultants in Cambridge, Massachusetts, more than seven decades ago has grown to who the company is today — a global team of over 5,000 professionals driving an independent engineering and construction firm.

In 1947, Thomas Camp left the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to set up a consulting practice with partners Herman Dresser and Jack McKee. They pioneered water treatment technologies that are still used today and advanced approaches in water quality protection and groundwater recharge.

75 years later, CDM Smith is a complete infrastructure provider solving some of the world’s most prominent challenges, such as treating and destroying PFAS, detecting and monitoring viruses in wastewater, helping communities remove lead from their drinking water, maintaining critical transportation infrastructure, and helping clients harness the decision-making power of their data.

CDM Smith Chairman of the Board and CEO Timothy B. Wall reflected on what this anniversary means to him. “When I started as a co-op student in 1991, I knew there was something special about this company," he said. "A lot has changed since the beginning, but if you were to go back in time, you would see many common threads: passion for excellence in providing the best solutions for our clients, innovation and creativity, a supportive workplace that empowers everyone as leaders, a culture of caring for our communities, and a united and independent firm paving its own path. ... This year, we remember our rich legacy, our people, and the impact we’ve made across the world.” 

Year of Celebration
Throughout the year, CDM Smith will reminisce and celebrate its legacy, vision, and future with a host of special events held online and in the company's offices around the world:
  • Anniversary gifts and a special message from the CEO for all employees
  • Web content (internal and external) to recognize history and capture events held throughout the year
  • Office anniversary parties, trivia contest, and other activities for employees to win prizes
  • Global screening for the premiere of the 75th anniversary documentary video, featuring imagery and insights from past and present employees
  • Eight $7,500 student scholarships — doubling the number and increasing the value by $2,500 each from traditional scholarship programs

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