Autenrieth appointed senior associate dean for academic affairs

Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, hPhoto of Dr. Robin Autenriethas appointed Dr. Robin Autenrieth senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Autenrieth held the position of associate dean for academic affairs since October 2011. She served as associate dean for graduate programs since 2008. Under her guidance, graduate student selectivity and recruitment have improved significantly. The Undergraduate Summer Research Grants program and graduate enrollment have experienced unprecedented growth.

In her new role, she will provide leadership and manage the soon to be launched Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation and will work closely with the executive associate dean, in addition to overseeing the Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs Office.

Autenrieth is a professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Health Science Center’s School of Rural Public Health. She holds the A.P. and Florence Wiley Professorship III in Civil Engineering.

Her research is focused on microbial systems for the degradation of target compounds (hormones, crude oil, petroleum products, explosives, chemical warfare agents, chlorinated agents, among a few others) contaminating soils and waters.  Physical and chemical processes are coupled to the microbial activity to understand the controlling parameters for optimization of performance. With an interest in improving the link between contaminant concentrations and human exposures for predicting the potential for adverse health effects, she and her students have been working on methods to improve the risk assessment of select compounds.