"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
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 is currently an elected member of the NAE Council,
the governing board of the NAE.
An author of more than 120 refereed publications, Dr. Abriola has been
the recipient of a number of awards, including the Association for Women
Geoscientist's Outstanding Educator Award (1996), the National Ground Water
Association's Distinguished Darcy Lectureship (1996), and the SERDP Project
of the Year Award in Environmental Restoration (2006).
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
Environmental Systems (IMPES) Laboratory.