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Jay Borkland

Visiting Scholar
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jay Borkland

Visiting Scholar
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
geophysics, sediments, offshore wind, resiliency, environmental, port infrastructure

Jay Borkland is a marine and environmental scientist, geophysicist, geo-engineer, and offshore energy specialist with more than 30 years of industry, teaching, and research-related experience. He is the principal and part owner of a national environmental and engineering firm. Borkland has been the project director for numerous large-scale government and private geo-environmental and geo-construction projects. Highlights of his high-profile project work include Boston's Central Artery and Third Harbor Tunnel, the Love Canal superfund site, and a USGS geologic conditions research study of the Gulf of Maine. He was part of a team that was awarded a $125 million grant for Nassau County Long Island in President Obama's Rebuild by Design design competition for a more resilient coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Borkland is currently a member of the Tufts team in the Massachusetts Research Partnership for the advancement of U.S. offshore wind research and standards.

M.A., Geophysics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986
B.S., Geology, University of New Hampshire, 1982
Professional Experience: 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2018-present: Visiting Scholar
  • 2016-2018: Research Associate Professor

Apex Companies, LLC

  • 2014-present: Vice President, Principal, and Director of National Waterways and Alternative Energy Sources
  • 2010-2014: Principal and Director of Waterways and Alternative Energy
  • 2001-2010: Division Manager and Principal of Environmental and Geoengineering

Northeastern University

  • 2009-2016: Senior Lecturer, College of Professional Studies
  • 2005-2009: Senior Lecturer, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • 1990-2005: Lecturer, University College

National Program Manager for Geophysics and Senior Project Manager for Environmental, Foster Wheeler


Program Manager, Environmental and Geophysics, EG&G Washington Analytical Services Corp.


Project Manager, Environmental, GZA GeoEnvironmental

Research Interests: 

Jay Borkland's research interests include the assessment and remediation of contaminated sediments from coastal waterways and ports, especially those projects that involve Confined Aquatic Disposal Cells and Shoreline Confined Disposal Facilities. He studies coastal and port infrastructure, including dredging of channels for shipping and the design and construction of piers, wharfs, and marine terminals; particularly where those projects involve contamination. In addition, he focuses on coastal protection and coastal resiliency as a response to rising sea levels and global climate change, and offshore wind, including site characterization, permitting, design, and operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms in the U.S. and Europe. He also studies renewable energy from marine resources, and the geophysical, geotechnical, ecological, and biological assessment of coastlines.

Professional Memberships: 
BizMDOWS - Maryland Business Network for Offshore Wind
American Association of Port Authorities
North Atlantic Ports Association