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David A. Dzombak

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

David Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko Sr. professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Dzombak’s interests are aquatic chemistry; the fate and transport of chemicals in water, soil, and sediment; water and wastewater treatment; soil and sediment treatment; abandoned mine drainage remediation; hazardous waste site remediation; river and watershed restoration; energy and environment; population and environment; public communication of environmental engineering and science. He has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts of Institute of Technology.

Professor Dzombak is Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at CMU, a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Some of his published writings are:

  • Karamalidis, A. and Dzombak, D.A. (2010), Surface Complexation Modeling:  Gibbsite, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Khaitan, S., Dzombak, D.A., and Lowry, G.V (2009), "Mechanisms of Neutralization of Bauxite Residue by Carbon Dioxide," Journal of Environmental Engineering, 135(6):433-438.
  • Liu, R., Wolfe, A.L., Dzombak, D.A., Stewart, B.W., and Capo, R.C. (2008), "Comparison of Dissolution under Oxic Acid Drainage Conditions for Eight Sedimentary and Hydrothermal Pyrite Samples," Environmental Geology, 56(1):171-182.
  • Kutchko, B.G., Strazisar, B.R., Lowry, G.V., Dzombak, D.A., and Thaulow, N. (2008), "Rate of CO2 Attack on Class H Well Cement under Geologic Sequestration Conditions," Environmental Science & Technology, 42(16):4787-4792.
  • Dzombak, D.A., Ghosh, R.S., and Wong-Chong, G.M. (2006), Cyanide in Water and Soil:  Chemistry, Risk, and Management, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 603pp.

We look forward to our next meeting with Professor Dzombak and thank Dr. Pradeep Khosla, the CMU team, and the Cosmos Club for this opportunity.


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