Domenico Grasso, Picker Engineering Program, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063
Professor Domenico Grasso is the Rosemary Bradford Hewlett Professor and Founding Chair of the Picker Engineering Program a Smith College and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Universities of Connecticut and Massachusetts and Yale University. An environmental engineer who studies the ultimate fate of contaminants in the environment and develops new techniques to reduce the risks associated with these contaminants to human health or natural resources, he focuses on molecular scale processes that underlie nature and behavior of contaminants in environmental systems.
He holds a B.Sc. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Connecticut and Texas, and was Professor and Head of Department in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut prior to joining Smith. He has been a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, a NATO Fellow, and an Invited Technical Expert to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna Austria. He is currently Chair of the Environmental Engineering Committee of United States Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, President of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Engineering Science. He has authored more than 100 technical papers & reports, including four chapters and two books. Federal, state and industrial organizations have supported his research work.
In 1998, Professor Grasso served on a World Bank funded international team of scholars that established the first environmental engineering program in Argentina. In 2000, The Water Environment Federation named him a Pioneer in Disinfection. He recently chaired a U.S. Congressional briefing entitled Genomes & Nanotechnology: The Future of Environmental Research.
Professor Grasso views engineering as a bridge between science and humanity and making it particularly well suited for incorporation into a liberal arts environment. His classes, although technically rigorous, also explore the societal and philosophical issues facing engineers and scientists.