Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States

Linda Abriola Biography

Linda M. Abriola is Dean of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. She also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Abriola received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, all in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining Tufts, she was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan (1984-2003), where she directed the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program (1996-2001), and was named the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering (2001-03). Abriola joined Tufts as Dean of the School of Engineering in 2003. During her tenure as Dean, the Tufts Engineering School has substantially expanded its administrative infrastructure, faculty, research activity, and educational programs in support of interdisciplinary education and research.


Dr. Abriola is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She is currently an elected member of the NAE governing Council. An author of more than 130 refereed publications, she 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), designation as a ISI Highly Cited Author in Ecology/Environment (2002), and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Project of the Year Award in Remediation (2007). Her numerous professional activities have included service on the US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, and the US Department of Energy’s NABIR (Natural and Accelerated BIoremediation Research) Advisory Committee. She has also served as the Chair of the NAE Civil Engineering Peer Committee and the American Geophysical Union Fellows Committee. In 2009, she was elected to the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Deans Council Executive Board.