Environmental Institute director named
avid Reckhow, professor of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, has been appointed director of The Environmental Institute
by interim Vice Chancellor for Research Frederick W. Byron. The
appointment is retroactive to Sept. 1.
"We are very fortunate
that David has accepted the position of TEI director and believe
his appointment will bring leadership and new energy to the institute,
expanding the number and scope of multidisciplinary environmental
initiatives and new research opportunities in environmental research
and education on the Amherst campus," said Byron.
Byron also thanked
Richard Taupier, who guided the institute over the past two transitional
years and who will continue to serve as associate director.
about the opportunities that exist right now in some key areas of
environmental research," said Reckhow. "With the unique
talents that reside in the UMass research community, we are in an
excellent position to take a leading role in many of these areas.
My goal is for TEI to serve as a catalyst in helping to bring new
resources to campus so that the researchers can spend more of their
time generating new knowledge, useful products or creative insights."
Reckhow has been a
part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty since 1985.
Prior to coming
to the University he was a postdoctoral research associate with
the Compagnie Générale des Eaux in Paris. His research
interests include chemical oxidation of pollutants in water, coagulation
processes, and natural organic matter in surface waters and drinking
waters. He has a special interest in organic disinfection byproducts
and ozonation processes for drinking water treatment.
Reckhow served for
several years as the North American editor of the international
journal, Ozone: Science and Engineering. He also co-authored the
widely used reference book, "Ozone in Water Treatment: Application
and Engineering." Reckhow has authored dozens of journal articles
on water treatment and environmental chemistry, some of which have
been recognized with national and international publication awards.
He is also the recipient of a Presidential Young Investigator Award.
He regularly serves as a consultant to industry and the federal
government and has collaborated with faculty across academic departments
and centers on multidisciplinary environmental research.
Reckhow received his
Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from the University
of North Carolina. He earned his M.S. from Stanford University and
his B.S. from Tufts University, both in civil engineering.