Linda Abriola

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Linda Abriola
Dr. Abriola at podium
Dr. Linda Abriola at the 1996 Henry Darcy Lecture Series
Born 1954
Pennsylvania, US
Nationality  US
Alma mater Drexel University
Princeton University
Known for Environmental engineering
Scientific career
Fields Environmental engineering
Civil engineering
Institutions Tufts University
University of Michigan

Linda Marie Abriola is an American environmental and civil engineer who specializes in the study of organic chemical liquid contaminants in porous media.

Academic history and positions[edit]

Abriola attended Drexel University, graduating with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1976. She continued her education at Princeton University, where she earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1983.[1]

From 1984 to 2003 she served on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. There she directed the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program from 1996 to 2001.

In 2003 she left the University of Michigan to become Dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University, and holds a position as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She also directs the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory at Tufts.[1][2]

She was named University Professor at Tufts in 2015, a prestigious title awarded in recognition of the contributions she has made to her field as well as her commitment to the University's community.[3]

In 2016, she was selected as a U.S. Science Envoy by the United States State Department.[4]


Abriola's research has focused on describing the behavior of organic chemical liquid contaminants in porous media, through the combination of laboratory experimentation and mathematical models. She was one of the first to create a mathematical model of the interphase mass partitioning and non-aqueous phase migration of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface flow. She is particularly known for the research she has done on the characterization and remediation of chlorinated solvent-contaminated aquifers.[5]

Recently, she has used a combination of models and lab experimentation to examine the influence of abiotic and biotic processes on the persistence of organics and on the effectiveness of aquifer remediation technologies.[2]

Abriola is the author of more than 120 refereed publications, and is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Ecology/Environment.[2]

Selected honors and awards[edit]


Abriola is the daughter of Joseph and Gloria Christian Abriola. She is married to Lawrence Albert, and has three children.[7]


  1. ^ a b Wayne, Tiffany K. (2011). American Women of Science Since 1900: Essays A-H. Vol.1. ABC-CLIO. pp. 181–182. ISBN 9781598841589. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tufts University School of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering". Tufts University. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Michael, Audrey (March 25, 2015). "Engineering Dean Abriola Named University Professor". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2 November 2016 – via Tufts Digital Library. 
  4. ^ "Announcement of U.S. Science Envoys". United States Department of State. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Drexel University College of Engineering. "Engineering Leader of the Year Linda M. Abriola, Dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University". Drexel University. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Engineering Dean Named a University Professor". Tufts Now. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Joseph L. Abriola". Retrieved 25 December 2013. 

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