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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Linda Abriola

Visiting Professor
Sorensen Family Professor in Engineering, Brown University

Linda Abriola

Visiting Professor
Sorensen Family Professor in Engineering, Brown University

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Science and Engineering Complex
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
groundwater hydrology, mathematical modeling of multiphase flow and reactive transport in porous media

Linda Abriola was the director of Tufts Institute of the Environment and a university professor at Tufts University, where she held 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 an appointment as a U.S. State Department Science Envoy.

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: 

Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment


University Professor, Tufts University


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


Dean of Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering


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


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


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


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

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

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, Princeton University


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
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of Women Engineers