Fred and Claire Sauer Professor, Vice-Chair of Faculty Senate
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen is the Fred and Claire Sauer Professor, past-Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and current vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate at UC Berkeley. She received her Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Harvard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. Her research areas include biotransformation and fate of environmental water contaminants, environmental microbiology and ecology, bioremediation, biological wastewater nutrient removal, and application of molecular and isotopic techniques for studying environmental microbial communities. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental microbiology, environmental engineering, and biological process engineering, and has co-authored an undergraduate textbook called Environmental Engineering Science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has won a number of awards including the ASCE Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award, the W. M. Keck Foundation Award for Engineering Teaching Excellence, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.