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Mark R. Wiesner

Bio and Research:

Mark R. Wiesner holds the James L. Meriam Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University where he has appointments in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences. Dr. Wiesner's research pioneered the application of membrane processes to environmental separations and water treatment. He co-edited and -authored the book Water Treatment Membrane Process, and served as the founding Chair of the American Water Works Association's Membrane Research Committee.

His recent research has focused on the applications of emerging nanomaterials to membrane science and water treatment and an examination of the fate, transport, and impacts of nanomaterials in the environment. He co-edited/authored the book Environmental Nanotechnologies.

Before joining the Duke University faculty in 2006, Professor Wiesner was a member of the Rice University faculty for 18 years where he held appointments in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering and served as Associate Dean of Engineering, and Director of the Environmental and Energy Systems Institute. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Wiesner was a Research Engineer with the French company the Lyonnaise des Eaux, in Le Pecq, France, and a Principal Engineer with the Environmental Engineering Consulting firm of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., White Plains, NY. Wiesner received the1995 Rudolf Hering medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the 2004 Frontiers in Research Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. In 2004 Dr. Wiesner was also named a de Fermat Laureate and was awarded an International Chair of Excellence at the Chemical Engineering Lab of the French Polytechnic Institute and National Institute for Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France.

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1978.
  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Investigator, 1978.
  • J.J. Barr Award of the National Association of Water Companies, 1985.
  • National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, 1989-1991.
  • Association of Environmental Engineering Professors AWWA invited lecturer, 1993.
  • Rudolph Hering Medal, Environmental Engineering Division, ASCE, 1995.
  • Charles Duncan Award for Scholarship and Teaching, Rice University, 1998.
  • North American Membrane Society, Student Research Award (Vladimir Tarabara), 2003.
  • AIChE Graduate Research Award for Membrane-Based Separations (Vladimir Tarabara), 2003.
  • Pierre de Fermat Laureate and Chair of Excellence, French National Polytechnic Institute, Toulouse, 2004
  • AEESP Frontiers in Research Award, 2004
Professional Societies
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Water Works Association
  • International Water Association
  • North American Membrane Society
Professional and Service Activities
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Engineering Sciences
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1993-1999.
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Texas Council on Environmental Technology, 2000 – 2004.
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, European Center for Geosciences and Environment, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2003-present
  • Foresight Advisory Board, Suez-Environnement, Paris, France, 2004-present.
  • Rapporteur, French Ministry of Research and Education, 2002.
  • Consultant, USEPA Science Advisory Board, 1999.
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, International Center for Water, Nancy, France, 1996-present.
  • Advisory Committee member, Universidad Nacional de Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, 1998.
  • Chair, Technical Review Panel of Life Support Systems for Station and Exploration, NASA, 1998.
  • Panel member, U.S.E.P.A. Blue Ribbon Panel on evaluating costs of Federal environmental regulations, 1996.
  • Committee member, Environmental Engineering Education Task Group, International Association on Water Quality 1994- 1998.
  • Founding Chair, American Water Works Association, Research Committee on Membrane Technology, 1988-1992.
  • Chair, American Water Work Association, Publications Award Committee, 1995-1997.
  • Panel member, Science panel of the Houston Environmental Foresight Committee, 1995.

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