Autenrieth appointed interim head of civil engineering

Photo of Dr. Robin AutenriethDr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Robin Autenrieth interim head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering.

Autenrieth is currently senior associate dean for academic affairs. She previously held the position of associate dean for academic affairs and served as associate dean for graduate programs. Under her guidance, graduate student selectivity and recruitment  improved significantly, and the Undergraduate Summer Research Grants program and graduate enrollment experienced unprecedented growth.

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.