Dare to Track Pollutants

David Cwiertny


Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Associate Faculty Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
Director, Environmental Policy Research Program, Public Policy Center
Director, Sustainable Water Development Program
Researcher, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute
Researcher, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center

College(s): Engineering

David Cwiertny explores the risks and impacts of unregulated pollutants in the environment and also develops new technologies to better protect precious water resources. As a Congressional Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this academic year, David Cwiertny is serving as minority staff for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. In this role he is working on subcommittees related to energy and the environment whose jurisdictions broadly include all legislation and regulation development for clean air, water, soil, and energy. A technical expert for the committee staff, Cwiertny has a hand in developing and amending legislation, organizing hearings, preparing talking points and questions for hearings, among other responsibilities. In addition to his numerous campus affiliations, as lead principal investigator Cwiertny and a team of UI researchers were recently awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship to develop a Sustainable Water Development graduate program at the UI, launching fall 2017.

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