Fourth environmental engineering professor is certified by U.S. academy

Mark Abkowitz is the fourth Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in three years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member.


Abkowitz, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of engineering management, and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS), was inducted into academy by eminence for his leadership and excellence in environmental sustainability.

Abkowitz specializes in enterprise risk management, hazardous materials transportation safety and security, assessing the impacts of extreme weather on infrastructure adaptation, and spatial analysis of freight transportation systems.

He has authored well over 100 publications on these topics, and has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox National News and CNBC to discuss issues of national importance. Abkowitz has served as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, appointed to this position by President George W. Bush in June 2002. He is the recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the National Academy of Sciences for his leadership role with the Transportation Research Board.

Abkowitz has served as a researcher and consultant to a wide variety of businesses and government agencies and is the founder and former chairman of Visual Risk Technologies. He is the author of Operational Risk Management – A Case Study Approach to Effective Planning and Response.

Abkowitz has been at Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering since 1991. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He joins Eugene LeBoeuf, professor of civil and environmental engineering, accepted in December 2013; Steven L. Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering, accepted in July 2013; and James Clarke, professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering, who received an inaugural environmental scientist certification in April 2012.

In December 2011, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, which had been certifying environmental engineers since 1955, approved the separate and new environmental scientist certification and voted to change the Academy’s name to AAEES.

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