David Dzombak

“ My current research is focused on potential impacts of geological storage of CO2 on groundwater resources, and on macroscale factors affecting water demand and use in the U.S. ”
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Chairing a US EPA Science Advisory Board panel that is providing peer review to the US EPA ORD study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources

Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor

Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. David Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon.  The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water quality engineering, environmental remediation, and energy-environment issues.  At Carnegie Mellon he also has served as Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering (2006-2010), as Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (2007-2013), and as Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs (November 2012-August 2013).  Dzombak’s research and professional interests include: aquatic chemistry; fate and transport of chemicals in water, soil, and sediment; water and wastewater treatment; in situ and ex situ soil and sediment treatment; hazardous waste site remediation; abandoned mine drainage remediation; river and watershed restoration; energy and environment; population and environment; and public communication of environmental engineering and science. 

Dzombak has published numerous articles in leading environmental engineering and science journals; book chapters; articles for the popular press, and two books (Surface Complexation Modeling: Hydrous Ferric Oxide, Wiley-Interscience, 1990; Cyanide in Water and Soil, CRC/Taylor&Francis, 2006). He also has a wide range of consulting experience.

Dzombak's professional service activity has included the EPA Science Advisory Board (2002-present); the DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board (2013-present); the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Environmental Technology Subcommittee (2004-2008); the National Research Council (various committees, 2000-present); and Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology (2005-2012).

Dzombak is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, a Fellowand a member of the National Academy of Engineering.