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Linda Abriola

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment
University Professor
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory

Linda M. Abriola

Linda Abriola

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment
University Professor
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 304
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
groundwater hydrology, mathematical modeling of multiphase flow and reactive transport in porous media
Biography: 

Linda Abriola is the director of Tufts Institute of the Environment and a university professor at Tufts University, where she holds appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. From 2003 to 2015, she served as the dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering. Prior to joining Tufts, Abriola was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. An expert in the characterization, transport, fate, and recovery/destruction of contaminants in the subsurface, Abriola is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including her recent appointment as a U.S. State Department Science Envoy.

Education: 
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1983
M.A., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1980
M.S., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1979
B.S., Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 1976
Professional Experience: 
2016-present:

Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment

2015-present:

University Professor, Tufts University

2003-present:

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2003-2015:

Dean of Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering

1996-2001:

Director, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

1992:

Visiting Scientist, Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Cataluña

1991:

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

1984-2003:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

  • 1996-2003: Professor
  • 1990-1996: Associate Professor
  • 1984-1990: Assistant Professor
1983-1984:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, Princeton University

1976-1978:

Project Engineer, Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Company

Research Interests: 

Linda 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. Current and recent funding encompasses: measurement and modeling of effective mass transfer and microbial transformation rates at the field scale; use of machine learning and signal processing techniques to quantify in situ contaminant mass flux and mass distribution from sparse data; development of innovative nanoparticle tools for petroleum reservoir characterization; and exploration of the processes controlling transport of nanoparticles in subsurface environments.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Named U.S. Science Envoy, U.S. Department of State
2016: Cullen College Elizabeth Rockwell Distinguished Lecture, University of Houston
2015: Chemical Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Utah
2014: CEE Annual Distinguished Lecture Series, Northwestern University
2013: Engineering Leader of the Year Award, Drexel University
2012: Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award, SERDP
2011: The Power List, Chemical and Engineering 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: Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award, SERDP
2006: Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2006: Lichtenstein Distinguished Lecture, Ohio State University
Selected Professional Activities: 
2017-present: Member, International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) Council
2016-present: Member, Board of Trustees, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
2015: Co-Chair, Committee of Visitors review of CBET Division, National Science Foundation
2013-present: Member, Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences, U.S. National Academies
2011-present: Chair, National Advisory Board, Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE), Drexel University
2011-2013: Member, Integrated STEM Education Committee, U.S. National Research Council
2010-2013: Member, Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation
2010-2016: Member, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, U.S. National Academies
2009-2011: Elected Member, Engineering Deans Council Executive Board, American Society of Engineering Education
2009: Member, Visiting Evaluation Team for Harvard University, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
2008-2014: Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Engineering Education
2007-2013: Elected Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering Council
2006: Member, Visiting Committee, Yale University Faculty of Engineering
2004-2007: Member, Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Math Faculty, U.S. National Research Council
2002-2004: Member, Committee on Source Removal of Contaminants in the Subsurface, National Research Council
Professional Memberships: 
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Engineering Education
Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
Association of Women Geoscientists
InterPore
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of Women Engineers