Pedro J. Alvarez
George R. Brown Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Pedro J. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. He previously taught at the University of Iowa, where he also served as Associate Director for the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing and as Honorary Consul for Nicaragua. Dr. Alvarez received a B. Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and was a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EAWAG). His research interests are related to the applications and implications of biological processes in natural and engineered systems, including bioremediation and phytoremediation of sites contaminated with hazardous wastes. Dr. Alvarez was inducted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in 1995, and won a Career Award from the National Science Foundation on the same year. He also won the Collegiate Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Iowa (1998) and shared with his students best paper awards from the EPA/HSRC (1995), WEF (1997), and the Battelle International Bioremediation Symposium (2000). Service activities include editorial board memberships for Biodegradation and the European Journal of Soil Biology, adjunct professorships at UNAM (Mexico, D.F.) and UFSC (Florianopolis, Brazil). He is also the president elect for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

Research Interests:
Bioremediation of Contaminated Aquifers
Fate and Transport of Hazardous Substances
Treatment of Contaminated Soil, Water, or Wastewater

Teaching Interests:
The Applications and Implications of Biological Treatment Processes in Environmental Engineering


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