Joseph B. Hughes
Dean of the College of Engineering; Distinguished University Professor
Dr. Joseph B. Hughes is the Dean of the University’s College of Engineering at Drexel University. As dean of the College of Engineering, Hughes leads Drexel’s largest college with more than 3,500 students enrolled in six departments specializing in research, experiential and global education.
Hughes was the he Karen and John Huff School chair and professor of civil, environmental and materials science engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and held dual appointments at Georgia Tech as a professor of civil and environmental engineering and a professor of material science and engineering. Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, he served on the faculty at Rice University. He is active in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering program as a speaker and organizer; is a Diplomat (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering; and, is a member of the U.S. EPA science advisory committee on environmental engineering.
He has received the McKee Medal from the Water Environment Federation; the Walter P. Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the Charles Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Rice University; is a member of Chi Epsilon, and twice was recognized with the ASCE Outstanding Professor Award at Rice University. Hughes earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Cornell University.