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Medford, MA 02155

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Linda M. Abriola
University Professor
Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ph.D., M.A., M.S. (Civil Engineering), Princeton University, 1983, 1980, 1979
B.S. with highest honors (Civil Engineering), Drexel University, 1976

Research Interests

Dr. Abriola's primary research area is in the mathematical modeling of the transport and fate of organic chemical contaminants in porous media. She developed one of the first mathematical models to describe the interphase mass partitioning and non-aqueous phase migration of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface. Her recent research involves the use of models and laboratory experiments to examine abiotic and biotic processes influencing the persistence of organics and controlling the effectiveness of aquifer remediation technologies.

The Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory

The Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory at Tufts University is a highly collaborative setting where wet-lab experiments and mathematical models are combined to elucidate and explore processes which influence the persistence of contaminants and control the effectiveness of remediation in the subsurface environment. Review the website for more information.

Professional Positions

2016- Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment
2015- University Professor, Tufts University
2003-15 Dean of Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering
1996-01 Director, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program
1984-03 Assistant (84-90,) Associate (90-96), and Full Professor (96-03) of Civil and Environ. Eng., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1992 Visiting Scientist, Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain
1991 Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of Petroleum Eng., The Univ. of Texas at Austin
1983-84 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, Princeton University
1976-78 Project Engineer, Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Company, Staten Island, New York

Selected Honors and Awards

2013 Engineer of the Year Award, Drexel University
SERDP Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award
The Power List, CE News
2011 Annual Distinguished Ryckman Lecture, Washington University
2010 Listed in encyclopedia American Women of Science since 1900
2010 Charles & Mary O'Melia Lecture in Environmental Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
2008 CESEP Distinguished Lecture, Colorado School of Mines
2006 SERDP Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award
2006 Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2006 Lichtenstein Distinguished Lecture, Ohio State University
2004 Distinguished Lecturer for Georgia Institute of Technology Lecture Series
Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
2002 ISI Highly Cited Author in Ecology/Environment
2001-03 Horace Williams King Collegiate Professorship (UM College of Engineering Chair Prof)
2000 Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
1998 College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Michigan
1996 Outstanding Educator Award, Association for Women Geoscientists
1996 Distinguished Darcy Lecturer, National Groundwater Association
1994 College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, The University of Michigan
1991 Republic Bank Corp. Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering (The University of Texas at Austin)
1988 Recipient, Class of 1938E Distinguished Service Award to Outstanding Members of the Engineering Faculty, The University of Michigan
1985 Recipient, National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award

Selected Professional Activities

National Academy of Engineering
Member, Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2013-present)
Member, Integrated STEM Education Committee (2011-present)
Member, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (2007-present)
Elected Member, NAE Council (NAE governing board), (2007-2013)

National Research Council
Member, Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty (2004-2007)
Member, Committee on Source Removal of Contaminants in the Subsurface (2002-2004)

National Science Foundation
Member, Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee (2010-2013)