Mariñas Named Department Head

2/23/2015 7:33:00 AM

Professor Benito J. Mariñas has been named the new Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Mariñas has been serving as Interim Head of the department since the departure of former Head Amr. S. Elnashai in January 2014.

Mariñas joined the CEE faculty in 1995, having previously earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sanitary and environmental engineering at University of California at Berkeley. At Illinois, Mariñas is the Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering as well as Director of the Safe Global Water Institute. In this role, Mariñas has worked with various interdisciplinary teams to create sustainable solutions to sanitation and water purification issues in developing countries. 

In a message announcing the appointment College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris wrote, "Benito's exceptional scholarship, his global stature as a thought leader and an innovator in processes and technologies for water sustainability and safety, and his record of successful leadership as interim head of CEE over the past year make him the perfect choice to head the department."

Mariñas is the fifteenth Head of the CEE department.