July 16, 2014
Greg Lowry named the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Greg Lowry has been named the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Lowry is regarded as a well-known expert in water quality engineering, with a focus on contaminant fate, transport and in situ treatment in sediment and groundwater systems. His research interests broadly include Environmental Nanotechnology, Energy and Environment, and Environmental Remediation.
Lowry is a leader among his peers at institutions in the U.S. and around the world. His research, teaching, and professional service are well known in the environmental engineering and science academic communities, both nationally and internationally. He is also the Deputy Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) which explores the relationship between a vast array of nanomaterials— from natural, to manufactured, to those produced incidentally by human activities— and their potential environmental exposure, biological effects, and ecological impacts.
Lowry earned a BS in Chemical Engineering (1992) from the University of California, Davis in an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1995) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2000) from Stanford in University. Greg has experience as a production plant engineer and a consulting engineer. From 2000-2001, Greg was a postdoctoral student at Stanford and he joined Carnegie Mellon as an Assistant Professor in CEE in July 2001. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and to Professor with tenure in 2008.
The Walter Blenko, Sr. Professorship, established in 1981, is funded by Walter Blenko, Jr. and his wife, Joy. Walter, Jr. received his mechanical engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon in 1950. A lawyer at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in Pittsburgh, Walter, Jr. established the Walter Blenko Sr. Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering in memory of his father, who was a mechanical engineering graduate and a life trustee of the university.