Scherer Named DEO of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Michelle M. Scherer, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed as Departmental Executive Officer for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective December 17, 2010.  Dr. Scherer is a researcher at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, and Research Engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering. She joined the College in 1998. 

Dr. Scherer earned a BS degree in Systems Engineering in 1989 from the University of Virginia, an MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1994 from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate degree in Environmental Science and Engineering in 1998 from Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr. Scherer’s research focuses on biogeochemical cycling of metals, such as iron, uranium, arsenic, and mercury in the environment. Her program has been well-funded with funding from the NSF, DoD, DOE, and USDA. Her group’s research has resulted in 40 publications in high impact journals, such as Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T), JGR-Atmospheres, and PNAS and is highly cited  with several publications cited more than one hundred times. The impact of her group’s research has been recognized by several UI, as well as National awards including the UI Faculty Scholar Award (2005-2008), the UI College of Engineering Award for Exceptional Research (2007) and the prestigious 2010 Malcolm Pirnie/AEESP Frontier in Research Award.

Dr. Scherer is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies, and is currently an Associate Editor for Environmental Science & Technology, one of the leading environmental engineering and science journals in the world. She is an active member in the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and received the AEESP Distinguished Service Award for serving as Chair of the 2009 AEESP conference on Environmental Grand Challenges here on the U. Iowa campus.