Carnegie Mellon University

David Dzombak

David A. Dzombak (E 1980, 1981)

Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dzombak has over 30 years of experience in research, teaching and consulting on environment and energy topics. He 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, and the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainable of the National Academies


His current research is focused on climate change adaptation for infrastructure, interbasin water transfer in the U.S., recovery of rare earth elements from brines, and sustainable mining of metals.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head Dave Dzombak discusses his work in water quality and water resources and the intersection of water and energy.