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Engineering Leader of the Year

Linda M. Abriola, Dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University

Linda AbriolaLinda M. Abriola ’76 is a Drexel alumna of civil engineering and the dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University. Abriola is the first female engineer to receive the Engineering Leader of the Year Award and she will be honored  for her leadership in environmental engineering, her commitment to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and her endless contributions to engineering in an effort to improve today’s societal problems.

As dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts, Abriola also holds a position as professor of civil and environmental engineering and is an adjunct professor in chemical and biological engineering. Abriola is a member of the NAE and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Prior to her appointment at Tufts, Abriola was the Horace Williams King collegiate professor of environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.

Abriola's primary research focus is the integration of mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments for the investigation and prediction of the transport and fate of reactive contaminants in the subsurface. She is particularly known for her work on the characterization and remediation of aquifers contaminated by chlorinated solvents.

Abriola's numerous professional activities have included service on a number of major federal agency advisory boards including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Research Council (NRC). Abriola served on the NRC's Committee on Ground Water Cleanup Alternatives, which was the first NRC committee to investigate the efficacy of pump-and-treat technologies. She was also a part of the NRC’s Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty. She is currently an elected member of the NAE Council, the governing board of the NAE, and serves on two other NAE committees, the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the Integrated STEM committee, a new study of integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at the K-12 level. In addition, she serves on the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee.

An author of more than 140 refereed publications, Abriola has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Association for Women Geoscientist's Outstanding Educator Award (1996), the National Ground Water Association's Distinguished Darcy Lectureship (1996) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Project of the Year Award in Environmental Restoration (2006 and 2012). An ISI highly cited author in ecology/environment, Abriola was recognized in American Women of Science Since 1900 (ABC-CLIO, 2010), an encyclopedia focused on 500 of the 20th century’s most notable American women scientists.

Abriola holds doctoral and master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Drexel University.

Net proceeds from the event will help fund the College of Engineering Dean’s Scholarship.