John Boland, PhD, PE is an engineer and an economist, specializing in water and energy resources, environmental economics, and public utility management. He holds the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Master of Science (governmental administration) and Doctor of Philosophy (environmental economics) degrees. He is a registered professional engineer. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental Engineering and Research Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, both at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to his academic career, he served as Superintendent of the Bureau of Water for Erie, Pennsylvania, and as Chief of Utility Operations for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
He joined the research staff of Johns Hopkins University is 1971, and was appointed to the teaching faculty in 1975. Dr. Boland served as visiting or adjunct faculty member at Morgan State University, Southern Illinois University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of New South Wales (Australia).
Dr. Boland has extensive experience in forecasting municipal and industrial water demand and in public utility tariff design in both industrial and developing countries. He has published more than 150 papers and reports on subjects including water demand forecasting, water and wastewater tariff design, drought management, and water conservation. He has co-authored two books on water demand management as well as two others on environmental management issues. He is co-editor and co-chapter author for a forthcoming monograph on water resources planning. Dr. Boland has studied environmental and urban water supply issues in more than twenty countries. He has served as consultant to numerous utilities and government agencies in those countries, as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, and OECD. He has served on many committees and panels of the National Research Council, including one term as chairman of the NRC’s Water Science and Technology Board. He also chaired a major NRC study of US wastewater management policy and another global study of water and sanitation problems in megacities. He is a Life Member of the American Water Works Association and past chairman of its Economic Research Committee.