UVA Engineering Dean Appointed to EPA Advisory Board Committee

Craig Benson, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee.

Benson, the Janet and John Hamilton Endowed Chair in Civil & Environmental Engineering and an expert in the field of geoenvironmental engineering, will provide independent advice on technical issues for EPA polices and decision-making. His research in geoenvironmental engineering involves sustainability assessment of geological and civil engineering systems, reuse and recycling of industrial byproducts for sustainable construction applications, and design and assessment of environmental containment systems for municipal, hazardous, and radioactive wastes.

“Committee members’ scientific and technical expertise, experience and innovation play critical roles in the success of the EPA’s approach to environmental protection,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in the letter naming Benson to the committee. “I rely on the committee for the expert guidance that is essential to the EPA’s ability to protect public health and safeguard the environment.”

Benson’s committee term is effective immediately through September 30. 2018.