Dr. Linda Abriola at the 1996 Henry Darcy Lecture Series
University of Michigan
|Alma mater||Drexel University
|Known for||Environmental engineering|
Academic history and positions
Abriola attended Drexel University, graduating with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1976. She continued her education at Princeton University, where she earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1983.
From 1984 to 2003 she served on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. There she directed the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program from 1996 to 2001.
In 2003 she left the University of Michigan to become Dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University, and holds a position as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She also directs the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory at Tufts.
Abriola's research has focused on describing the behavior of organic chemical liquid contaminants in porous media, through the combination of laboratory experimentation and mathematical models. She was one of the first to create a mathematical model of the interphase mass partitioning and non-aqueous phase migration of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface flow. She is particularly known for the research she has done on the characterization and remediation of chlorinated solvent-contaminated aquifers.
Recently, she has used a combination of models and lab experimentation to examine the influence of abiotic and biotic processes on the persistence of organics and on the effectiveness of aquifer remediation technologies.
Selected honors and awards
- 2013 Engineer of the Year Award, Drexel University
- 2012 SERDP Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award
- 2011 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
- 2003 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
- 2002 ISI Highly Cited Research in Ecology/Environment
- 2001-03 Horace Williams King Collegiate Professorship ( University of Michigan College of Engineering)
- 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 Ground Water 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
Abriola is the daughter of Joseph and Gloria Christian Abriola. She is married to Lawrence Albert, and has three children.
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