Daniel A. Vallero, Adjunct Professor of Engineering Ethics  

Daniel A. Vallero

Dr. Vallero conducts research focused on transport and transformation of organic compounds in environmental media, especially soil and the troposphere. Currently, he is developing models to predict potential exposure to chemical compounds in products. He also leads the Pratt School's "Ethics across the Curriculum," which addresses ethics from introduction of academic integrity to first-year undergraduate students and throughout the students' academic and research experiences at Duke. He co-facilitates the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for all Duke Ph.D. students actually or potentially engaged in research, and conducts research and develops teaching approaches related to macroethics of emerging technologies.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  121 Hudson Hall
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5200
Email Address:   send me a message
Web Pages: https://cee.duke.edu/faculty/daniel-vallero



PhD, Duke University, 2000
MS, University of Kansas, 1996
MSCRP, Southern Illinois University, 1977
BA, Southern Illinois University, 1974
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: Transport, transformation, fate and risk of environmental contaminants

Current projects: Macroethics of emerging technologies, Exposure-based chemical screening, Life cycle analysis

Measurement and modeling research in environmental systems, including high throughput risk screening, tracer studies, development of pollution collection devices, and biosystem engineering. Life cycle analysis and sustainable design.

Areas of Interest:

consumer products
climate change
ground water pollution
air pollution
engineering ethics
hazardous wastes
endocrine disruptors
transport, transformation and fate of semivolatile organic compounds


Environmental Engineering
Air quality
Policy, Science and Engineering
Homeland Security
Atmospheric Science
Waste, Hazardous
Ethics in Engineering
Environmental Impacts
Microbial Engineering, biological remediation
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Vallero, D. and Isukapalli, S., Simulating Real-World Exposures during Emergency Events: Studying Effects of Indoor and Outdoor Releases in the Urban Dispersion Program In Upper Manhattan, NY, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (July 17, 2013) [doi] .
  2. Mitchell-Blackwood, J., Arnot, J. Jolliet, O., Egeghy, P., Georgopolous, P., Isukapalli, S., Wambaugh, J., Cohen-Hubal and Vallero, D., Comparison of models to prioritize chemicals based on exposure potential, Science of the Total Environment, vol. 458 (August 1, 2013), pp. 555-567, Elsevier [j.scitotenv.2013.04.051,]  [abs].
  3. Mitchell, J., Collier, Z.A., Pabon, N., Egeghy, P., Cohen Hubal, E.A., Linkov, I. and Vallero, D.A., A Decision Analytic Approach to Exposure-Based Chemical Prioritization, PLOS One, vol. 8 no. 8 (August, 2013), pp. 1-13 [doi]  [abs].
  4. D.A. Vallero, Fundamentals of Air Pollution, Fifth Edition (May, 2014), pp. 1100, Elsevier Academic Press  [author's comments].
  5. D.A. Vallero and T.M. Letcher, Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Elsevier Academic Press [9780123970268] .
  6. T.M. Letcher and D.A. Vallero, Waste: A Handbook for Management (2011), pp. 604, Elsevier Academic Press [Waste] .
  7. D.A. Vallero, Environmental Biotechnology: A Biosystems Approach (2010), pp. 742, Elsevier Academic Press [Environmental-Biotechnology] .
  8. Goldsmith. M-R, Grulke, C.M., Chang, D.T., Fraile, F.A.,, Brooks, R.D., Dary, C C. and Vallero, D.A., Personal chemical exposure informatics., in McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, edited by D. Blumel, vol. 2014 (2014), pp. 282-287, McGraw-Hill  [abs].
  9. Vallero, D.A., Chapter 25. Environmental Impacts of Energy Production, Distribution and Transport, in Future Energy: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for Our Planet, 2nd Edition, edited by Letcher, T. (2013), Academic Press .
  10. Vallero, D.A., Chapter 5. Measurements in environmental engineering, in Handbook of Measurement in Science and Engineering, edited by Kutz, M. (2013), John Wiley & Sons, Inc. .