David A. Dzombak, P.E.-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

David A. Dzombak, P.E.

Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Address:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, PH 119D
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 119D
Phone: 412-268-2946
Fax: 412-268-7813

Bio

David Dzombak is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water quality engineering and energy-environment issues. His current research is focused on climate change adaptation for infrastructure, forecasting the sustainability of water supplies, recovery of rare earth elements from brines, and water management and reuse in thermoelectric power production.

Dzombak serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board, the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and the National Academies Roundtable on Oil and Gas Development in the 21st Century.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Research Group: EESS 
Research Centers: SEERScott Institute

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Education

PhD 1986 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS 1981 - Carnegie Mellon University
BS 1980 - Carnegie Mellon University
BA 1980 - Saint Vincent College

Areas of Interest

  • Aquatic chemistry
  • Fate and transport of chemicals in water, soil, and sediment
  • Water and wastewater  treatment
  • Abandoned mine drainage remediation
  • Industrial waste management
  • Climate change adaptation for infrastructure
  • Water resource sustainability
  • Energy and environment
  • Population and environment
  • Public communication of environmental engineering and science

Selected Publications

  • Carroll, S., Carey, J.W., Dzombak, D.A., Huerta, N.J., Li, L., Richard, T., Um, W., Walsh, D.C., and Zhang, L. (2016), “Review:  Role of Chemistry, Mechanics and Transport on Well Integrity in CO2 Storage Environments,” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, in press.
  • Parthasarathy, H., Liu, H., Dzombak, D.A., and Karamalidis, A.K. (2016), “The Effect of Na-Ca-Cl Brines on the Dissolution of Arsenic from Arsenopyrite Under Geologic Storage Conditions,” Chemical Geology, in press.
  • Noack, C.S., Dzombak, D.A., and Karamalidis, A.K. (2015), “Determination of Rare Earth Elements in Hypersaline Solutions using Low-Volume, Liquid-Liquid Extraction,” Environmental Science & Technology, 49:9423-9430
  • Ashoori, N., Dzombak, D.A. and Small, M.J. (2015), “Sustainability Review of Water Supply Options in the Los Angeles Region,” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 141(12): A4015005.
  • Wang, H., Small, M.J., and Dzombak, D.A. (2014), “Factors Governing Change in Water Withdrawals for U.S. Industrial Sectors from 1997 to 2002,” Environmental Science & Technology, 48:3420-34.
  • Liu, W., Chien, S.H., Dzombak, D.A, and Vidic. R, D. (2014), “Scaling Control for Heat Exchangers in Recirculating Cooling Systems Using Tertiary-treated Municipal Wastewater,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53:16366-16373.
  • Noack, C.S., Dzombak, D.A., and Karamalidis, A.K. (2014), “Rare Earth Element Distributions and Trends in Natural Waters with a Focus on Groundwater,” Environmental Science & Technology, 48(8):4317-4326.

Professional Service

  • EPA Science Advisory Board (2002-present)
  • Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board (2013-present)
  • National Academies Roundtable on Oil and Gas Development in the 21st Century (2015-present)
  • National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability (2013-present)
  • National Research Council (various committees - 2002-present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2012-present)
  • Chair, Board of Directors, AEESP Foundation (2012-2014)
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology (2005-2012)

Recent Awards

  • 2015: received a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • 2014: received the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • 2013: received (with collaborators) the Grand Prize in the University Research category of the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science competition, for project on "Use of Treated Municipal Wastewater as Power Plant Cooling System Makeup Water"
  • 2013: named a fellow of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • 2012: named a fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • 2010: named the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-2011 academic year
  • 2010: awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Saint Vincent College