Environmental Engineering Professor and CEE alumnus, Pedro Alvarez, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a U.S. engineer. The NAE selected Alvarez for his contributions to the practice and pedagogy of bioremediation and environmental nanotechnology.
Alvarez received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1992. As a doctoral student, Alvarez started his research into bioremediation, a process that uses bacteria and other microorganisms to remove contaminants from water.
On February 7, The National Academy of Engineering elected 83 new members and 16 foreign members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,293 and the number of foreign members to 262.
Established in 1964, the NAE advises the federal government on matters related to technology and engineering. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including significant contributions to engineering literature and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.
Alvarez is currently the director of Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment. He is the George R. Brown Professor and chair for the department of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University in Houston.
Professor Alvarez is a fellow and former president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and an associate editor of the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Water Association and the Water Environment Federation.
Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30, 2018.