CEM earns honors from the County Engineering Association of Maryland

CEM is the the proud recipient of the Award of Merit for the North East High School Stormwater and Stream Restoration project. We thank the County Engineers Association of Maryland for giving us the opportunity to provide cost-effective solutions that demonstrate innovative engineering and construction in our local community.

“The CEM Way” street sign installed in downtown Bel Air

Placed in the heart of downtown Bel Air, “The CEM Way” street sign has been installed and is located by the Bel Air Branch of Harford County Public Library and Town Hall for the duration of 2019. CEM is honored to hold this place in our community as a way to benefit education programs within Harford County, and reflects our core values of clarity, integrity, community and opportunity.


In order to benefit the community, CEM shares its success through our charitable giving plan. By 2025, CEM will have shared $1 million with a variety of charities that work towards one common goal: improving humanity. The selected charities also have significance to CEM and our employees. The new decade started off strong – as of January 2020, we have reached 63% of our goal.

For more information on our charitable giving plan and CEM grant recipients, click here.

CEM Employee recognized by BARCS for her commitment to fostering animals

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) recently featured CEM’s Environmental Scientist Erin Saul in their 2018 newsletter for her dedication to fostering homeless animals. Erin has served as a BARCS volunteer for six years, caring for older animals, or those with medical, physical or behavioral challenges before they find their forever homes.

CEM is proud of Erin’s compassion for her community and love for four-legged friends! Read the full article in the BARCS newsletter here

CEM named key partner in Deepwater Wind’s Skipjack Wind Farm development effort

(Image courtesy of Deepwater Wind)

Deepwater Wind, America’s leading offshore wind developer, recently selected CEM to help accelerate the development of the Skipjack Wind Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. CEM will support permitting efforts locally and statewide, while also conducts cutting-edge coastal habitat surveys.

This initiative seeks to launch Maryland’s offshore wind industry while offering the area clean and cost-effective energy. To find out more about the project and CEM’s involvement, click here.

Employee Spotlight of the Week

Get to know Alicia Kenny in this week’s Employee Spotlight and join us in celebrating her five year anniversary with CEM!

Favorite part of working at CEM: “The people! The times I have come to the office or attended first aid training the other CEM employees have always been very friendly and inclusive.”

Best experience at CEM: “While working for CEM, I have had the opportunity to be involved in several really interesting projects, including work for several divisions within SHA as well as the Governor’s press events.”

Fun fact about Alicia: “In my free time I like to work with animals as a volunteer at the Maryland SPCA.”

Employee Spotlight of the Week

Get to know Dan Danko in this week’s Employee Spotlight and join us in celebrating his five year anniversary with CEM!

Favorite part of working at CEM: “My friendly coworkers and the work/life balance.”
Best experience at CEM: “Gaining invaluable experiences in my field.”
Fun fact about Dan: “I’m preparing for my first marathon (Baltimore Marathon) in October!”

Employee Spotlight of the Week

This week, get to know Jeffrey Holle!

First started at CEM: July 2017

Favorite part of working at CEM: The team atmosphere of everyone working together.
Best experience during his time at CEM: The best experience has been working with such helpful team members.


Join us in welcoming our newest GIS team member, Lucas Roy!

Service area: GIS

First started at CEM: July 2017

Favorite experience at CEM: “I’ve enjoyed getting invited to CEM First Fridays and various other social events”

Fun fact: “I am currently training for my first triathlon.”

CEM gives 5 percent of annual funding to local philanthropies

With continued support for and commitment to the growth of the community, CEM awards 5 percent of its annual profits to organizations with philanthropic objectives and initiatives. Harford Family House, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding and Eden Mill Nature Center received grants from CEM this month.

“There’s nothing more rewarding for our team than witnessing other organizations give back in ways that are unique and valuable to our community,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “Each of us has a role to play locally and beyond, and we feel fortunate to be in a position to help fellow organizations fulfill that role.”

A CEM grant recipient for the third time, Harford Family House serves as the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. With an ultimate goal of ending homelessness in the county, the resources provided by the organization have expanded substantially since its inception in 1989. Today, Harford Family House offers 25 housing units to shelter families in need, while also providing education in life skills, job readiness and individualized case management to help families overcome the cause of their homelessness.“We are so very fortunate to have such a great community-minded and philanthropic company right here in our own backyard,” said Robin Tomechki, CEO of Harford Family House, of the organization’s partnership with CEM. “We thank CEM for their generosity and for continuing to make Harford County a better place to live and work.”

Helping fulfill a mission to provide healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people, CEM awarded a grant to Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) for their unique approach to delivering customized and innovative therapy for a range of clientele.

“When corporations like CEM create a ‘generosity stream’ for small, nonprofit organizations, it can truly transform a community,” said Founder of CTR, Cathy Schmidt.

Schmidt initially founded the organization under the basic principle of connecting individuals with horses who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact. The program expanded significantly beyond therapeutic riding. Programs include corporate teambuilding, leadership workshops and bereavement.

Inspired to provide local communities with educational programs centered on caring for the environment, CEM awarded a grant to Eden Mill Nature Center, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization located in Pylesville. The organization, founded in 1991, dedicates its programs to developing a greater awareness and appreciation of natural and historical resources in the area.

“One of the greatest and most productive relationships for any community is the connecting of local nonprofits and local businesses,” said Frank Marsden of Eden Mill Nature Center. “Eden Mill Nature Committee has been fortunate enough to have such a relationship with a local company, CEM. Through their support, Eden Mill has in the past been able to develop an outstanding Nature Center and recently the ability to enhance and grow our volunteer base and leadership, so that we can give back to our community.”

Through this Charitable Giving Program, CEM fulfills its commitment annually to giving back to the community, including non-profit groups striving to improve the human condition.

For more information on each of the 2017 CEM grant recipients, visit them on the web at www.HarfordFamilyHouse.org (Harford Family House); www.CTRChangingLives.org (Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding); www.EdenMill.org  (Eden Mill Nature Center).