Mena-Carrasco Receives 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco (M.S. ’03, Ph.D. ’07)

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco (MS 2003, PhD 2007 civil and environmental engineering) has received the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association.  The award honors UI graduates under the age of 40 at the time of their nomination who have attained significant accomplishments in their personal or professional lives.

Mena-Carrasco, director of the Center for Sustainability Research at the Universidad Andres Bello Santiago in Chile, continues the civil and environmental engineering research he began at the UI to improve air quality in his home country. Described as an international game-changer who understands well the social, economic, and political consequences of local environmental quality, Mena-Carrasco possesses the rare ability to translate engineering research into improved public policy. In confronting the complex mechanisms of climate change and pollution, this inspirational and dedicated engineer has already made a positive and lasting impact.

Mena-Carrasco was among 12 notable alumni and friends selected by the UI Alumni Association (UIAA) to be honored at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon June 8 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Presented annually since 1963, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are the Alumni Association’s highest honor. They recognize the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year’s awards are given in four categories: Achievement, Service, Faculty/Staff, and Young Alumni.