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Dean Abriola

"Never in the history of humankind has technology offered so many opportunities for the betterment of the world and, at the same time, so many threats to its sustainability."

"Tufts strives to educate engineers committed to the innovative and ethical application of technology in the solution of societal problems."

Linda M. Abriola is the Dean of the School of Engineering. She also holds a position as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Dean Abriola is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Prior to her appointment at Tufts, Dean Abriola was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Abriola's primary research focus is the integration of mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments for the investigation and prediction of the transport and fate of reactive contaminants in the subsurface. She is particularly known for her work on the characterization and remediation of aquifers contaminated by chlorinated solvents. Dr. Abriola's numerous professional activities have included service on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board, and the U.S. Department of Energy's NABIR (Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research) Advisory Committee. Dr. Abriola served on the NRC's Committee on Ground Water Cleanup Alternatives, which was the first NRC committee to investigate the efficacy of pump and treat technologies, the NRC Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty, and the NAE Offshoring Engineering Workshop Committee. She recently served as an elected member of the NAE governing Council and as a member of the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee. Her current service includes membership on the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy and the NRC Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

An author of more than 140 refereed publications, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including designation as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Ecology/Environment (2002), the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Project of the Year Award in Remediation (2006, 2012), and Drexel University’s Engineering Leader of the Year Award (2013).

Dean Abriola received her Ph.D. and master's degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Drexel University.

Read more about Dean Abriola's research in the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems (IMPES) Laboratory.