Just Appointed Engineering Coordinator of Sustainability Programs

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate research scientist at IHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, has been appointed coordinator of sustainability programs in the College of Engineering. In addition to sustainability assignmentsin teaching, research, and service within the College, Just will beworking with others on campus associated with UI President Sally Mason's sustainability initiative.

Just brings a wealth of talent and experience to this assignment. In 2008, he won the University's President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his years of outstanding teaching.

As an instructor and faculty advisor, he works with students who aspire to address human development issues in resource-poor nations, from a perspective of sustainable engineering. Students in his 2007 course "Design for the Developing World," for example, capped their consideration of the real-world problem of water purification by designing an electrolytic chlorine generator. Students in the 2006 class formed a nonprofit organization, Continental Crossings, and raised $20,000 to design and build a footbridge in Peru. Each spring, he assembles a team of students and guides them in choosing and executing a
project that addresses a critical need in the developing community of Xicotepec, Mexico.