PEDRO J. J. ALVAREZ, Ph.D., P.E., DEE
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engrg.; Dept. of Chemistry¨ Rice University
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Tel: (713) 348-5903 ♦ FAX: (713) 348-5203
Prof. Alvarez’s research focuses on environmental sustainability through bioremediation of contaminated aquifers, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, microbial-plant interactions, water treatment and reuse, and environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology.
B.Eng. 1982 Civil Engineering McGill University, Montréal
Certif. 1988 Haz. Waste Mgmt. U. of California, Riverside
M.S.E 1989 Environmental Engrg. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D. 1992 Environmental Engrg. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2015-present Directory, NEWT ERC Rice University, Houston, TX
2004-present G.R. Brown Professor Rice University, Houston, TX
2004-2015 CEE Dept. Chair Rice University, Houston, TX
2001-2003 Professor The University of Iowa, Iowa City
1999 Visiting Professor EAWAG, Switzerland
1998-2003 Associate Director Center for Biocatalysis & Bioprocessing
1997-2001 Associate Professor The University of Iowa, Iowa City
1993-1997 Assistant Professor The University of Iowa, Iowa City
1985-1988 Environ. Engineer Tetratech Inc., San Bernardino, CA
2007-Present Associate Editor, Environmental Science and Technology
2005-2006 Associate Editor, ASCE J. Environ. Engrg.
2003-2006 Field Editor, European Journal of Soil Biology
2002-present Editorial Board, Biodegradation
1998-2002 Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Science and Health
1996-2002 Editorial Advisory Board, Advances in Environmental Research
- Registered Professional Engineer, Michigan License # 35419, Iowa License # 12575, Texas License # 95255; Registered Groundwater Professional, Iowa # 1681
- Conference chair, Leading Edge Technologies, International Water Association (IWA), 7/11 (Amsterdam) and 7/10 (Phoenix).
- Delegate to COP15 (Global Climate Forum in Copenhagen), 12/09
- Member, CLEANER Committee, National Research Council (NRC)
- Member, Academic Relations Committee, Water Environment Federation (WEF)
- Member, Publications Committee, American Academy of Environ. Engineers (AAEE)
- Member, Hazard Assessment and Control of Toxic Substances in Water Committee, also Nanomaterials in the Environment Committee; IWA, 7/00-present.
- Panel member, NCEES Environmental Engrg. minimum competency requirements, 11/04.
- International Expert Committee for the Mexican Institute of Petroleum for the evaluation of projects of the Biotechnology Program on Petroleum, 2/00-2/04.
- AWWARF Project Advisory Committee, 1998, 2010
- Advisor to the State of Iowa, Brownfields Committee,1997, and Underground Storage Tank Interim Study Committee, 1993, 1995.
- Consultant, Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roseau, 1991(Assisted in formulation of environmental policies for economic growth)
- Consultant, The City of Ann Arbor, MI, 1991(Designed and implemented a landfill groundwater monitoring plan)
Selected Honors and Awards
2016-2019 Advisory Board, Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation
2015 Best paper award, ES&T Letters, (1), 26−30, 2014.
2015 Thompson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% in Chemistry and in Environment Ecology)
2014 AAEES Grand Prize, Excellence in Env. Eng. And Science University Research Award
2014 Plenary lecture, 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco
2014 Thompson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% in Environment/Ecology)
2014 Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
2014 Most downloaded paper in Water Research (Wat. Res. 47, (12), 3931–3946).
2013 Most cited paper in Water Research in the last 5 years (Wat. Res. 44:2894-2900)
2012 Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Science
2012 The Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Outstanding Research in Water Sci. & Technol.
2012 South Texas Section AlChE’s Best Fundamental Paper Award
2011-2014 Science Advisory Board to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
2011 Dean of Engineering’s Lecture, Columbia University
2010 Most cited paper in the past 5 year, Water Research (Wat. Res. 40(19):3527-3532
2010 Top-10 most read paper, ACS nano (ACS Nano, 2010, 4 (7), pp 3580–3590).
2010 Honorary Professor, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China
2009 Professor of the Year, ASCE & Chi Epsilon Student Chapters, Rice University
2009 Delegate, National Academies to US-Iran Engagement in Science, Engrg. And Health
2008 Frontier in Research Award, Assoc. of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
2008 Founding Member, Nicaraguan National Academy of Sciences
2008 John Henske Distinguished Lecture, Yale University
2007 McKee Medal for Groundwater Protection, Restoration or Sustainable Use (WEF)
2006 Board of Directors, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
2006 Honorary Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
2005-2006 President, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
2003-2006 Board of Directors, Nicaragua’s Water Management Agency (ENACAL)
2003 Consul of Nicaragua for Iowa (ad honorem)
2002 Research project of the year award, SERDP cleanup division, Department of Defense.
2002 Editorial Board Member of Bioremediation and Bioavailability, The Scientific World
2000 Awarded the Button of the City of Valencia, Venezuela, by the Mayor of the City
1998 The UI Collegiate Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Iowa
1997 Participant, National Academy of Engineering’s Symposium: Frontiers of Engrg.
1997 Listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
1997 Appointed Adjunct Professor, Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico, D.F.
1996 Honored Member, Strathmore’s Who’s Who Register of Business Leaders
1996 Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in Environ. Engrg.
1996 Awarded the Alejo Zuloaga Medal by the Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela
1995 Inducted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Diplomate Status
1995 Career Award, National Science Foundation.
1995 Best Paper Award, EPA Hazardous Substance Research Center for Regions 7 and 8
1995 Appointed Adjunct Professor, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil
1994, 2002 Elected to The University of Iowa Faculty Senate
1992 Outstanding Presentation Award, AIChE Summer Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
1992 The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1991 The Outstanding Achievement Award in Environmental Engineering, U. of Michigan
Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2005), American Leadership Forum (ALF, 2008), Leopold Leadership Foundation (LLF, 2008), Water Environment Federation (WEF, 2011), and International Water Association (IWA, 2011)
Best student papers: Battelle 6th Bioremediation Symposium, San Diego, 2000 (Todd Dejournett); WEF 70th Annual Meeting, Chicago (Eric Aitchison), 1997; EPA HSRC for regions 7&8, Kansas City, 1993 (Brad Helland)
Other student awards: ACS Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award, 2011 (Li Dong); best poster at IWA Leading Edge Technologies, Zurich, 2008 (Katherine Zodrow); best dissertation from Brown School of Engineering, 2007 (Del Lyon); best poster at EPA International Applied Phytotechnologies Conference, Chicago, 2003 (Roopa Kamath)
AAEE, ACS, AEESP, ASCE, ASM, IWA, Leopold LF, SEPM, SHPE, WEF, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi.
Environmental Molecular Biology
Design & Management of Civil Eng. Projects
Foundations of Bioremediation
Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
Principles of Environmental Engineering
International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning
Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development
Experiments in Environmental Eng.
International Perspectives in Climate Change: COP15