Biographic Information

Dr. Charles T. DriscollDriscoll China

  • B.S. Civil Engineering, 1974, University of Maine
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, 1976, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, 1980, Cornell University
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1979, Syracuse University
  • University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering and Director of the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering, Presently, Syracuse University

My teaching and research interests are in the area of environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry and water quality modeling. I have initiated a number of research projects and used a variety of approaches to study the biogeochemistry of forest, wetland, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, including field investigations, laboratory studies, long-term field measurements, whole-ecosystem manipulation studies, and the development and application of models. I have authored or co-authored more than 450 peer-reviewed articles and have had more than 112 funded research projects. 

I have received numerous awards and honors. In 1984, I was designated as a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation. I am a member of the National Academy of Engineers. I have provided expert testimony on ecological effects of air pollution to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees. I have been acknowledged by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as one of the top 250 most highly cited researchers in two areas: environmental science and engineering. I have served on many local, national and international committees including National Research Council and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committees. I am interested in advancing science communication, and participating in the Science Policy Exchange.

I was honored with an endowed lectureship, the “New Horizons lecture” at Clarkson University in November (2016). Working with the Science Policy Exchange (SPE; a boundary spanning science communication consortium), I have advanced a project involving analysis and translation of scientific information for policy and management of a U.S. carbon emission standard for electric utilities. I was the co-chair (with Celia Chen, Dartmouth) of the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant held in Providence, RI 16-21 July 2017. More than 1000 participants attended meeting. I served on a National Science Foundation research pre-proposal panel. I have been involved in several national professional committees (National Research Council Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Committee to Review the Progress of Everglades Restoration; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur,) and university service activities, most notably chairing and completing the search to find a the Provost and Vice President for Syracuse University, Michele Wheatley.


Syracuse University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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