David Dzombak-Biography-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


[last updated 7-19-14]


Biosketch for David A. Dzombak


Ph.D., Civil-Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1986.

M.S., Civil-Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1981.

B.S., Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1980.

B.A., Mathematics, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, 1980 (3-2 math-engineering program).


Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering (8/13 - present).

Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs (11/12 - 8/13).

Hamerschlag University Professor (7/14 - present).

University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (5/10 - present).

Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (3/07 - 7/14).

Faculty Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon University (5/07 - 6/13).

Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs, Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering (6/06 - 6/10)

Faculty Senate Chair (5/06 - 5/07), Carnegie Mellon University.

Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems, WaterQUEST (7/05 - 4/07).

Faculty Chair (2002-2003), Faculty Chair Elect (2001-2002), College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.

Professor (2/98 - present), Associate Professor (2/94 - 1/98), Assistant Professor (1/89 - 1/94), Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA. Research and teaching in civil and environmental engineering, with emphasis on water and soil quality engineering.

Acting Director (6/97 - 7/98), The Environmental Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Lecturer (adjunct), Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA. Research and teaching in environmental engineering (water and soil quality). (1/87 - 12/88)

Project Engineer to Senior Staff Consultant, Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA. Engineering investigation, analysis, and design related to remediation of uncontrolled waste disposal sites and development of new waste disposal facilities. (10/86 - 6/89)

Research-Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, Cambridge, MA. (9/81 - 9/86)

Research-Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA. (1/80 - 8/81)


Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award, 2014.

Fellow, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 2013.

AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science - University Research, 2013.

Fellow, Water Environment Federation, 2012.

AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 2010-2011.

Honorary Doctor of Science, and Commencement Speaker, Saint Vincent College, 2010.

University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010.

National Academy of Engineering, Election Class of 2008.

Alumnus of Distinction, Saint Vincent College, 2006.

Service Award, Carnegie Mellon Green Practices Committee, 2006.

Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science and Technology, American Chemical Society, 2003.

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002.

Professional Research Award, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association, 2002.

Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 2000.

Jack Edward McKee Medal, Water Environment Federation, 2000.

Distinguished Service Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 1999.

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1997.

Service Award (Groundwater Committee), Water Environment Federation, 1996.

Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal, Water Environment Federation, 1993.

Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1991.

George Tallman Ladd Award for Research Achievements, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991

ES/AEEP Doctoral Thesis Award, Engineering-Science, Inc. and Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, 1987.

Outstanding Senior Civil Engineering Project, Carnegie Mellon University, 1980.

Tau Beta Pi, Carnegie Mellon University, 1979.

Nieman Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement, Carnegie Mellon University, 1979.

Saint Vincent College Pre-Engineering Award, 1978.

Bibliographic listings: Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1995-; American Men and Women of Science, 1994-; Who's Who in America, 1999-.


Research and Professional Interests

Aquatic chemistry; fate and transport of chemicals in water, soil, and sediment; water and wastewater treatment; in situ and ex situ soil and sediment treatment; hazardous waste site remediation; abandoned mine drainage remediation; river and watershed restoration; energy and environment; population and environment; public communication of environmental engineering and science.


Professional Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Board Certified Environmental Engineer, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists