Ian MacFarlane


Mr. MacFarlane is the President and CEO of EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., an environmental consulting services firm serving government, the private sector, and institutions, with over 20 offices nationwide, headquartered in Baltimore County, Maryland. He has over 30 years of experience in the environmental and engineering consulting fields, beginning his consulting career with a traditional civil engineering firm doing field work associated with geotechnical, landfill, and major transportation construction projects, as well as FEMA flood plain mapping. He has been with EA since 1985, working his way through the ranks from a field geologist to his appointment as president in 2004, then CEO in 2005. His principle technical expertise is in applying scientific and engineering know-how to complex environmental problems for commercial and government clients, primarily in remediation of sites with chemical contaminants impacting human health and the environment, the restoration and development of natural and water resources, and the construction of environmental facilities and infrastructure. He has presented or authored over 100 papers for professional societies on a myriad of technical and regulatory subjects. The 1990's was a formative point in his career when he managed several million dollars of client-sponsored university research on remediation and treatment technologies performed by civil and environmental engineering departments of Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, the University of Washington, Clarkson, the University of Wyoming, and the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. MacFarlane soon after became EA's National Technical Director of Site Characterization and Remediation Services. Prior to his appointment as president, Mr. MacFarlane led EA's Mid-Atlantic region, EA's largest operation at the time. During that period, Mr. MacFarlane was instrumental in re-engineering virtually all of EA's internal financial, project management, cash management, proposal, and risk control systems. In 2005, he led EA through an ownership transition from its founder to an ESOP and management shareholders. Recent enterprise initiatives personally led by Mr. MacFarlane include articulation of EA's vision and core ideology, development of comprehensive long-range strategic plans, implementation of a top-down driven, nationwide college recruiting program and graduate fellowship program, and creation of an internal learning and training academy. Mr. MacFarlane has six direct reports as corporate department directors, a client programs director, and a chief of operations. He resides in Baltimore City with his wife and family.


  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Baltimore Post Student Mentoring (regional colleges), 2000-2010.
  • SAME Senior Executive Group, meeting biannually with the DOD's chiefs of service, 2005-2007.
  • EPA Center for Haz. Substances in Urban Environments (Johns Hopkins), Scientific Advisory Committee, 2002-2006.
  • Center for Health, Environment & Justice, support for a study on Building Safe Schools, 2004-2006.
  • Johns Hopkins University Dept. of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Professional Practice Advisory Team member, 2010-present.
  • Johns Hopkins University Dept. of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Department Advisory Committee member, 2012-present.
  • Roland Park Civic League (Baltimore City), Board Member, 2005-2011; 2012-present. President, 2010-2011.
  • Greater Roland Park Master Plan, Infrastructure Committee Chair, 2009-present.
  • Gilman School (private day school, Baltimore), Long-Range Planning Committee, 2010-2011.
  • Commissioner of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, appointed in March 2012 to fill an unexpired term from 2008. His term expires in 2018.
  • Maryland Ready (State Plan), Economic Growth and Vitality Group, Commissioner Co-Chair, 2012-2013.
  • Performance Based Funding Subcommittee, Commissioner Chair, 2012-present.


  • B.S., Geology, Denison University, 1979.
  • M.S.E., Management of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, 2003. (Executive Masters/Technology Management Program in the School of Engineering, co-sponsored by the Wharton School.)
  • Executive education courses in strategy and leadership at Wharton and Harvard Business School.​