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John J. Healey Elected Chairman of ARA Board of Directors


John J. Healey

John J. Healey has been chosen as the Chairman of Applied Research Associates' Board of Directors. He has served on ARA's board since 2003.

ARA is "an outstanding and unique firm that is highly respected by its clients and valued by its employees as an excellent place to work, to contribute and make an impact," Healey said. "As ARA grows in range and size, there comes a need and opportunity for the Board to evolve and make a significant contribution to the company's continuing success. I'm looking forward to working with the Board, management and staff to help realize ARA's strong potential."

Healey is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc., a consulting engineering firm with 650 employees in offices, where he worked for a decade. He also served as President and CEO of Raytheon Infrastructure Services and was the founding president of Ebasco Infrastructure, its predecessor.

After the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested that Greenhorne & O'Mara provide overall management of the post-disaster investigation. As Principal-in-Charge, Healey played a significant role in the firm's leadership of the 25-member Building Performance Study team assembled to document the collapse of the twin towers and to provide preliminary observations and recommendations.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, a master's degree in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is the recipient of a Centennial Engineering Alumnus Award from Manhattan College and the Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service from the University of Illinois. He is serving on the Dean's Advisory Council at Rutgers and as the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Rutgers' Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Healey has written more than 30 publications on wind engineering, blast protective design, soil-structure interaction, earthquake engineering, structural stability, missile impact, lifeline engineering and infrastructure engineering. Healey, a registered Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey, has served as a consultant for the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development.