Carnegie Mellon University
April 30, 2013

Dzombak Named Head of CEE

Dzombak Named Head of CEE

CEE is pleased to announce that Professor David A. Dzombak has been named the new Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective August 1, 2013.  Professor Dzombak is in his 25th year as a member of the CEE faculty, starting as an assistant professor in 1989 and advancing through academic ranks to his current appointment as Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Environmental Engineering.  He served as CIT Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs from 2006-2010, and since 2007 has also served as Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. Other Carnegie Mellon service includes election as Faculty Senate Chair for the 2006-2007 academic year, and as CIT Faculty Chair in the 2002-2003 academic year.  In 2010, professor Dzombak was elected as a University Professor, the highest academic rank at Carnegie Mellon.

Since November 1, 2012 Professor Dzombak has been serving as Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs at Carnegie Mellon, and will be helping with the transition of the soon-to-be-announced permanent appointee for that position.  His experience with sponsored programs and research compliance will be helpful in forging new collaborative relationships between CIT and these important administrative units.

Professor Dzombak is an internationally recognized expert in environmental engineering, with particular expertise in water quality engineering and science, and environmental restoration.   He has published more than 100 articles in leading environmental engineering and science journals, book chapters, newspaper and magazine articles and op-ed pieces, and three books.  He also has a wide range of consulting experience.  He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, and a board certified environmental engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

With an extensive record of professional and public service, he currently serves as a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Foundation.  He has served on various committees of the EPA Science Advisory Board since 2002, and as a member or chair of various National Research Council committees since 2000.  Professor Dzombak has served on editorial boards for three journals, and as a member or chair of numerous other professional society, state and local committees.  He has served in various advisory roles for Saint Vincent College since 1990, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012.

Professor Dzombak was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008.  He is a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation and the American Society of Civil Engineers and is the recipient of numerous other recognitions and awards.

Professor Dzombak holds a B.A.. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980); a B.S. (1980) and M.S. (1981) in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University; and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986).

His reputation for high quality research, passion for teaching undergrads and graduates, commitment to professional service, and collegiality make him an excellent choice to lead the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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