Domenico Grasso

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Professor; joint appointment, Department of Energy and Environmental Policy


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Short Bio

Research Interests:
Colloidal and interfacial processes,
Environmental physicochemical processes
Environmental policy
Engineering education

Short Bio:
Professor Grasso studies the ultimate fate of contaminants in the environment and develops new techniques to reduce the risks associated with these contaminants to human health or natural resources; his research focuses on molecular scale processes that underlie the nature and behavior of contaminants in environmental systems, with specific scientific interest in colloidal and interfacial processes, environmental physicochemical chemistry and processes, and environmental policy,

He is also interested in engineering education reform and views engineering as a bridge between science and humanity, making it particularly well suited for incorporation into a liberal arts universities.  His classes, although technically rigorous, also explore the societal and philosophical issues facing engineers and scientists.  Professor Grasso was co-founder along with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American women astronaut, of TOYChallenge, a national design challenge for 5th-8th graders to excite them about science and engineering.

Professor Grasso has been a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, a NATO Fellow, and an Invited Technical Expert to the United Nations in Vienna Austria. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Engineering Science, and has served as Vice-Chair of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, President of the Association of Environmental Engineering&Science Professors. He has authored more than 100 journal papers&reports, including four chapters and three books.


1977: B.Sc., Worcester Polytechnic Institute
1979: M.S.C.E., Purdue University
1987: Ph.D., University of Michigan

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